NETFLIX BUST IN NORDIC:In Sweden, TV Tax Comes to Smartphones
BY GUSTAV SANDSTROM
Sweden's public broadcaster, feeling pressure as streaming heavyweights like Netflix and HBO gain ground with their newly-founded Nordic services, is taking the nation's television license fees to a new level by asking smartphone and tablet users to pay up.
License fees have been in place for years as state-backed broadcasters look to fund commercial-free programming, including the BBC. In Sweden's case, anyone owning a television is forced to pay a SEK173 ($27) tab per month for Sveriges Television, Sveriges Radio and educational broadcasting known as Utbildningsradion. That fee hardly looks like a bargain compared with the SEK79 ($12) monthly fee ..