View Full Version : Bay Area cities considering taxes on video streaming services

11-12-2016, 06:27 PM
For television viewers who “cut the cord” and moved over to streaming video services, the cable companies aren’t the only ones missing your money.

Turns out your hometown is too — and it might be coming for its cut.

Cities throughout California — including at least a dozen in the Bay Area — are considering adopting a streaming video tax to make up for revenue lost by viewers who have left their cable TV subscriptions behind in favor of Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go, among others.

If the cities are successful in adjusting their existing utility users taxes — and there are questions surrounding the legality of such a move — viewers could be forced to pay as much as 10 percent more to stream Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” or Amazon Prime’s “The Man In the High Castle.”

Cities from Richmond to Redwood City to Watsonville are looking at adopting a streaming video tax. Alameda, Albany, Emeryville, Gilroy, Hayward, Hercules, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Newark and San Leandro have ordinances that could be tweaked to allow them to tax video streaming without a fresh round of voter approvals

Coming to a state near you


DumbAss Tanker
11-14-2016, 11:24 AM
Kalifornistan, if it can be taxed, it will be taxed.

11-14-2016, 12:27 PM
A lot of churches use video streaming for their services, for those who can't make it to church that week or those who want to recap the sermon again later. Would they be taxed?