Broadcasting live streams of video games and life’s adventures are more popular than ever as services like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live make broadcasting as easy as pressing a button. For powers users in Germany though, who do more than just the sporadic stream, the Landesmedienanstalt broadcasting authority is stepping in to demand a broadcasting license.
The Landesmedienanstalt decision was centered around PietSmietTV, a popular 24-hour game streaming channel, and despite the broadcasting authority’s admission that its rules aren’t quite up to date with our current broadcasting technologies, the channel is being forced to get a license by April 30. Future changes to the broadcasting laws will certainly be evaluated to align with current societal trends, but no timeline has been set.
Peter Smits, who runs the specific live stream channel, is said to be in negotiations with the Landesmedienanstalt, and does not plan to challenge the authority’s decision. The cost for the license is most likely the big negotiating point as it could run anywhere from €1,000 to €10,000.