Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu
On 30 September 2021 the National Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed in its response to the legislature’s inquiry that it will put on hold discussions on the proposal of regulation for over-the-top television (OTT TV), which had previously been named the “draft Internet Audiovisual Service Management Act”, until another new law to rein in dominant digital platforms is introduced later in 2022. The NCC chairperson, Yaw-Shyang Chen, explained the NCC would prioritise the regulation of internet platforms followed by content regulation if necessary.
Paradigm shifts in the local industry happened dramatically amid the significant moves of major international channel operators and multiple system operators from the existing regulatory environment to the unregulated free land. Starting from January 2022, Disney channel will drop its pay TV licence in Taiwan and will turn into a content provider of OTT TV services. Towards the end of September 2021, Fox Networks Group closed five of its TV channels – Fox Crime, Fox Family Movies, FX, Channel V and Nat Geo People – carried on cable TV systems, which was executed further to its termination of its three sports channels in Taiwan on 1 January 2021. On the other hand, the cord-cutting wave in the local cable TV market has been rapidly rising since 2017. All five multiple system operators admit that they are suffering a loss of subscribers while conducting a strategic move to the same field – the unregulated OTT TV services on the cable broadband network. Among them, Taiwan Mobile, together with its cable TV affiliates, announced in October 2021 an exclusive partnership with Disney+ in Taiwan for streaming services. The NCC has not given any official comments in response to such paradigm shifts.