NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2021 — As more and more consumers subscribe to online, direct-to-consumer audio-visual platforms, ASCAP is immediately expanding its existing TV Premium payment plan to include eligibility for top streamed shows on major “over-the-top” (OTT) streaming services. OTT services are those that offer programming directly to viewers over the internet such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max. ASCAP is renaming and expanding the TV Premium Plan (TVP) to a platform agnostic Audio-Visual Premium plan (AVP). These expanded eligibility requirements for premium payments ensure that ASCAP composers, songwriters and music publishers are also eligible for premium bonus payments for the top streamed shows and movies on these services in addition to the continuation of premium eligibility for top rated series on cable and broadcast. The expansion of the premium payment program allows composers and songwriters a chance to share in the success of a hit show.