I started back in the music biz in 2003 - 10 years before my first film score. Since 2013, I have scored 31 films but only two of them have made it online - one spent two years on Amazon and one made it about a year or so back to shorts.tv - a channel carried by directtv and perhaps other providers. I know for a fact they were both viewed but probably not many times. And yet neither have submitted data to ASCAP that they have been seen at all. After multiple discussions with ASCAP (so far), I have been told that ASCAP does not ask for the data even if the composer asks them to. They 'sample'. That to me suggests that if my showings were not in the sample or perhaps if there were not a sufficient number of showings (i.e., showing number is below a threshold), then ASCAP gets nothing and I get nothing. Shorts.TV told my production company their policy is not to submit data at all about what they show and they don't pay composers at all. Strange.... :) and I had always thought that if I scored a film that showed online or on cable/satellite channels, I would get paid royalties - even if it was $1 or even less.
(and btw - I submitted my cuesheets twice to ASCAP myself since neither my production cos/filmmaker or the showing entities did so themselves)
So for those of you ASCAP - is the same experience you have had and for those of you BMI, do they operate differently from ASCAP? And if you are not U.S. - share which PRO you are a part of and if you get adequately re-reimbursed for royalties for your showings.