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The license can be amended. At the holder’s request, basic programming requirements from the license may be amended, however the purpose and basic programming premises may not be changed significantly. Additional programming requirements may not be changed.


Yes, however such cases must be appropriately labeled. If programming is sponsored, a product may not be included, unless its value is negligible, as determined by the Audiovisual Media Services Act.


Yes. The Media Act defines in Article 132 that a company or a sole proprietor who broadcasts a television channel without a license is to be fined.


The Agency is not responsible for regulation in this area. Programming or channel packages are the exclusive domain of the service provider. If you wish to change or upgrade your package, turn to your provider, or if you wish to switch your provider, turn to alternative providers available at your location.


If you want to cease being a television channel broadcaster, you should submit a request for deletion from the media register to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. Based on the Ministry’s decision on the deletion of the media outlet from the media register, the television broadcasting license will be suspended as determined by the Media Act.


In all likelihood transmission frequencies at your transmitter site were changed. In this case you will have to reset the channels (automatic search). It may also be caused by temporary problems with the transmitter and resetting is not needed. In this case we advise you to turn to your provider.


At the holder’s request, the rights from the license may be transferred to another legal or natural person, who meets the criteria for acquiring the license. Programming requirements linked to the license must remain unchanged.


A provider of audiovisual media services is under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Slovenia when the provider or its editorial office has headquarters in Slovenia, while the other of the two is headquartered in an EU member state, if the majority of employees involved in broadcasting works in the Republic of Slovenia. Every broadcaster that wishes to create a channel in the Republic of Slovenia must be entered into the media register at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. A provider of on demand audiovisual media services must meanwhile be entered into the register of providers at the Agency. If a provider is not under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Slovenia, it is not obliged to follow the provisions of the Audiovisual Media Services Act, and as the result the Agency does not have the power to inspect it.


Audiovisual media service on demand is a non-linear audiovisual media service which provides audiovisual programming based on a catalog created by the provider and which users can watch when and how they want to.


An example of such a service is Video on Demand (VoD), which allows users to watch videos from the archive for an unlimited period. Users can independently choose the time they watch such programming (as opposed to linear programming, where this is impossible).
 


A legal entity or natural person who wants to acquire a license must meet the following two requirements: they must register television broadcasting as their activity in the register of companies, and acquire the decision about the television channel being entered into the media register from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport.


The warning preceding certain programs and the visual symbol displayed during the program notify the viewer that the program contains violent and sexually explicit scenes which are not suitable for children under the age displayed in the symbol. Since the efficiency of such protection primarily depends on parents, the Agency calls on parents, as well as teachers and other responsible persons, to learn about the context of such warnings and act accordingly.


Promotional product placement is a form of advertising. It is a practice in which a television channel broadcaster includes a certain company’s products, services, or brands in its programming for a fee or similar consideration. It is also considered promotional product placement when it is done free of charge, however the total value of the products is not negligible compared to total production costs. In relation to promotional product placement the provider of audiovisual media services must comply with the following requirements: product placement must not influence the programming or editorial independence, directly encourage the purchase or lease of products or services, or give undue prominence to goods or services. Promotional product placement is not permitted in programs aimed at children.


Programs that include promotional product placement must be labeled with a visual symbol in accordance with the General act of product placement and sponsorship, which is currently being drafted.
 


You can lodge a complaint with the Agency, which will review your comments, and, if required, initiate an inspection procedure, along with appropriate further measures.


The law determines the obligations for broadcasters and providers of on demand audiovisual media services regarding the broadcasting of programming which is unsuitable for children or adolescents. Broadcasters and providers must comply with the legal requirement that it is forbidden to provide programming that could seriously harm the physical, mental, and moral development of children and adolescents, or that such programs can be made available in the catalog in a way preventing children and adolescents from listening to them or viewing them in normal conditions (technical protection). Other potentially harmful programming must be appropriately labeled with an acoustic and visual warning and a visual symbol. The Agency systematically supervises the area ex officio and takes adequate measures in event of violations. It can also take action upon viewers’ complaints.


Channel blackouts are connected with purchased rights for broadcasting a particular program (e.g. Football World Championships), and are completely in the domain of the audiovisual media service provider broadcasting this program.


The Audiovisual Media Services Act prescribes advertising quotas in detail, determining the upper limit for advertising time. The limit is set at 12 minutes per hour, at 10 minutes per hour for channels of the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, and at 7 minutes per hour for RTV Slovenija channels between 6 PM and 11 PM.


The RTV license fee is a special type of a mandatory charge, prescribed by the Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act. The RTV license fee must be paid by everyone who owns or uses a television set or radio or any other device capable of receiving radio or television channels in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia in areas where technical conditions are provided for receiving at least one RTV Slovenija channel. You can receive channels SLO1, SLO2, SLO3, and other channels in the multiplex A over cable or internet (DVB-C), or over a rooftop or indoor antenna (terrestrial transmission or DVB-T).


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