Subscription | ACMA


Under section 16 of the Act, subscription television broadcasting services are broadcasting services that:

  1. provide programs that, when considered in the context of the service being provided appear to be intended to appeal to the general public; and

  2. are made available to the general public but only on payment of subscription fees (whether periodical or otherwise); and

  3. comply with any determinations or clarifications under section 19 in relation to subscription broadcasting services.

Subscription television can be provided using any delivery system, for example satellite, cable or other means.

The ACMA can issue both satellite and non-satellite television broadcasting licences, under section 96. These licences are issued on the basis of one service per licence. The ACMA charges one fee per application, which may be for a single or multiple licences.

Further information

Application for allocation of a subscription television broadcasting licence must be on a form specified by the ACMA (ACMA B16). Please contact us.

Last updated: 29 May 2013