US actors and artists' unions and movie and television producers are inching toward a royalties deal to compensate for iPod and mobile phone downloads of content.

Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) will most likely receive a payment of 2 cents each time their performance is downloaded or accessed using new technologies, a report claims.

Similar negotiations are understood to be taking place in the UK, as film and television show producers prepare to make the leap into new internet-based broadcasting services.

The report claimed a deal is likely to be finalised in the next few weeks.