Sunday, July 02, 2017

Behind The Scenes: EU VAT

Hey guys,

Running Splat! is not just about Gunging the guys and putting out the best shows we can. There are many little and big things that happen everyday behind the scenes to keep the site online and things running smoothly. We will be posing a number of posts, starting with this one that detail some of these behind the scenes challenges we face.

One of these is our VAT obligations. We currently don't charge VAT on our sales from the UK as we are currently below the threshold, but we do have to do this for customers buying from inside the EU. Two years ago the EU passed the EU VAT on E-services law meaning that any business supplying downloads to any EU country will have to report and pay VAT on these goods.

Since we offer video and picture downloads, we are required by law to report these sales. We have to report these sales on a quarterly basis and pay the VAT due to that respective country where the customer is based. To say this is a nightmare is a understatement.

Today we have completed our latest report for Q2 2017 and paid the tax due on the downloads from our viewers and fans in the EU. We want to thank all our EU based customers who have downloaded a show over the last three months, we are pleased to be able to offer our EU based viewers access to our shows by not blocking sales to the EU. A practice that has sadly gained popularity since the law was introduced. We would rather do the work so everyone has access to our shows, regardless where they live.

Also, it's also worth mentioning that we do not charge our EU customers extra to download the shows. We simply take the hit ourselves and pay the tax instead of increasing the prices for our EU customers. All our shows are inclusive of any Tax, and we have no plans to change this.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fail, Change, Compare & Change for The Better

Hey guys,

Hands on the table time. Earlier this year two models, David and Matty dropped out of their respective shoots. The fall out has been well documented over the past few months. We abandoned the pre-shoot and pay per vote gunge tank votes after the said problems with Matty and David.

The shoots with Tom and Aiden were the first shoots to take place without a pre-shoot and paid for Gunge Tank vote in place.

We reintroduced the pre-shoot and paid per vote Gunge Tank model with our most recent shoots that took place this week with Jason and Kurtis.

Are we going mad?

No. We simply wanted to take this chance to compare which works out for us best business and customer wise. We now have the raw data from both sets of shoots to compare which system works for us better. It also turns out it will work out better for you too.

The results? It's black and white.

It's not just better for us business wise, but also customer satisfaction wise. We had a few guys email us on the morning of the shoots with Kurtis and Jason asking if they could get the pre-shoot, vote after we closed these orders. It appears that Matt and David dropping out last time caused some hesitation from customers about placing orders for items that have yet to be filmed with the shoots from Kurtis and Jason. That is completely understandable.

Releasing the vote and special video after the shoots and having them available for an extended time also makes sense for us. We could film a great pre-shoot with a model, but then we restrict who get's access to it. You guys lose out and we lose out. Maybe you did not order a pre-shoot or took part in a vote because we used a crappy picture, you would miss out.

We understand all this seems pretty obvious on the surface but we needed to test both systems to get a better understanding and be 100% sure.

Now the data is in, we will moving to this new model permanently. We will still be offering LIVE Passes, but we will be moving to a post shoot release system for the remainder of the season.

We will be starting with the Jason and Kurtis material. We did restrict the pre-shoot and vote to customers. We will be contacting them directly with the change and detailing compensation with full details and terms in those said emails.

Thank you for reading guys, we love what we do but we can only do what we do if we get the funding right.

Thank you for being so supportive over the first half of this year.


Friday, June 09, 2017

Cheeky Kurtis's Show OUT NOW!

We have just released our next season 15 show and it stars a brand new face we hope you will enjoy! Kurtis will be back later in the year with one of his modelling friends if you all want it and download his first show!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Kurtis and Jason: Support Updates

Since the David and Matty shoot problems we encountered at the start of season 15 we dropped the pre-shoot and pay per vote Gunge Tank vote formats. Since we made these changes we have found it harder to raise the funds to produce the shoots. With this in mind we have re-introduced the formats for our next block of shoots that we are shooting in early June. We are doing this so we can carry on bringing you the best possible shows and new models going forward.

The format worked well in the past and we only stumbled upon problems earlier this season with David and Matt. Most of the models we have worked with have turned up and made the shoots. We want to produce the best material we can and while we will continue to look at other ways to fund the shoots and make up for shortfalls we will be re-introducing this tried and tested formula.

We don't want to increase the prices of our main shows, something we have not done since we started the show over ten years ago. Our pre-shoot and Gunge Tank Votes help some shoots break even and help others that although we make a loss on minimises the damage so we can continue.

Of course there will be problems but we will work through them as we have always done. Most of the you have been understanding when we do encounter problems but we will be working hard to ensure that any problems that do arise are dealt with in the best possible manner.

We hope you can support the shoots with Kurtis and Jason with the Gunge Tank Vote, Pre-shoot and LIVE pass. All of these are now live on the site.

Thanks guys!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Season 15 - Part two!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give you all a quick update. I have been taking a shooting break since wrapping up Adam's shoot early in April to try and prevent me getting too stressed like last year. It's done me the world of good and with May now nearly here I am about ready to get stuck into the second part of production for season 15 that will shoot over May and June before taking another break in July.

I want to take this opportunity to thank any of you who have supported the season thus far.

Also, remember that if you want to book a private session and come along and star in your very own Splat! Show private sessions are still available. It's been great meeting so many of you and I would love to meet more! Details can be found on the website.

I hope you look forward to and enjoy what we have coming!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How to download and watch on iPhone and iPad

Hey guys,

We wanted to let you know that it is possible for you to download and view the shows if you have an iPhone or iPad as your primary internet device.

Apple does not support downloading, saving and then viewing videos from the internet to your iOS devices. But thankfully there are a number of Apps on the App store that you can download to get around this.

Download the App called Media Tap here

The App has a browser built in that allows you to download the videos to your iOS devices. From there you can view the videos in the Media Tapp app or you can even export them to your camera roll on your iPad or iPhone.

If you need any help, just email us at and we will talk you through the process.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reader Review: Marc's Messy Fate

Here is a reader review from our latest show, Marc's Messy Fate!

Hi SplatHQ,

Just wanted to pass on my regards for a wonderful new show.
I really enjoyed Marc and his show was a whole lot of fun.
The gungings were brilliant, the quizzes were hilarious to watch and his reactions were so funny,
some of the best I've seen on Splat Show over the years.
I hope you get Marc back for more shows in the future - 
and it would be nice to have some messy feet fun with him too!

The show is going from strength to strength and I am loving the new models lately.
If you'd like any suggestions for future content or shows let me know!

Thanks again and all the best!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Aiden's Pre-shoot Text Interview

We are kicking off season 15 by shooting with many new faces, we are shooting with semi-semi-profressinal footballer and model Aiden on 10th Feb.

Here is his interview that he kindly agreed to take part in before this shoot.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I am a down to earth, energetic person that doesn’t take themselves too seriously! Although can be professional and extremely competitive when I need to be, as I am a semi-professional footballer and a full time model.

What other modelling or appearance jobs have you done? 

I have done a variety of different clothing brands but most recently doing shoots for ASOS marketplace! Along with this I have done underwear, catwalk, bridal and location shoots.

Why did you want to appear on the website and show? 

When I got approached it looked like lots of fun and something I would love to do!!

Why do you think people would like to see you on the show? 

Because I am a normal down to earth lad, that just happens to be a footballer and a model!! So they wouldn’t be getting anyone stuck up themselves, and would be getting somebody who can have a laugh and doesn’t mind being laughed at!!

There is a part in the shoot where we reveal if you have been voted into the Gunge Tank via the viewers in a vote. Why do you think people would vote you into the Gunge Tank? 

Because they would want to mess my hair up!! and maybe want to see me with my top off (I don’t know haha)

Why should we not Gunge you? 

I think you should!

Any reason why we should gunge you? 

Because I’ve always wanted to be gunged since watching get your own back from a young age!

Do you remember any messy shows from your past. Such as TV shows? 
I fondly remember Get Your Own back, Fun House and loved Noel's Gunge Tanks so cannot wait to be on the Splat! Show.

If you could see anyone in the Gunge Tank who would it be and why? 

My best mate dan!! Because it would be hilarious and he would probably end up falling over or something!! Or David Beckham as he is my hero haha

If you could pick the colour of the Gunge in a game what would it be and why? 

RED – for Manchester United

Stay tuned to Splat! HQ, our social channels and here on the blog for all the latest from season 15 and beyond.