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TV royalties

We pay royalties for the use of our members' music on TV through licensing agreements with broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

How we calculate

To track what’s played and when, we use two methods:

  • Pay-per-play
  • Representative samples

For both, the value of each play is dependent on the annual revenue received from each channel, the amount of music being played on each channel for the year and the length of time your work is used for. 

Prime-time weighting

There is a higher royalty rate for music that’s broadcast at peak times on TV between 6pm and 11pm.  This is twice as much as the rate for music use at all other times.

TV streaming platforms

Unlike traditional broadcast channels, there are too many variables for us to be able to accurately calculate rates for TV streaming platforms. Before paying out, services like Netflix and Amazon Prime consider the popularity of a programme, money generated from subscribers during that period and the amount of music used across all programmes during the same period. Any guide rates provided by PRS would therefore be misleading.

TV rate checker

Check the per-minute royalty rates that apply to distributions from TV broadcasters.

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