By December 1, every commercial and noncommercial educational digital television (DTV) broadcast station licensee must file an Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report Schedule 317. The report was previously filed in CDBS on Form 317. Since the launch of the FCC Licensing and Management System, the form is now filed in that system. Each station must report whether it provided ancillary or supplementary services at any time during the twelve-month period ending on the preceding September 30th.
Under Section 73.624(g), of the commission’s rules, ancillary or supplementary services are all services provided on that portion of the station's digital spectrum capacity or bitstream not needed to provide the required one free, over-the-air video broadcast signal to viewers, except for any video broadcast signal provided at no direct charge to viewers. Examples of such services include, but are not limited to, computer software distribution, data transmissions, teletext, interactive materials, aural messages, paging services, audio signals and subscription video.
If ancillary or supplementary services are provided, then each commercial DTV licensee must pay an amount equal to 5% of the gross revenues derived by the licensee. The fee is calculated on any subscription fee or charge required to receive the service or any payment or compensation received from a third party in exchange for the transmission of material provided by that third party. Excluded are revenues received for commercial advertisements used to support broadcasting for which a subscription fee is not required.
For those stations that have provided Ancillary/Supplementary Services and received consideration, the form requires reporting the amount of consideration received and the bitstream used. The form will then automatically calculate the fee due to the FCC.