Ofcom launches consultation on VoD regulation

UK media regulator Ofcom is launching a consultation on the future of video-on-demand regulation following its decision to close VoD co-regulator ATVOD and take over all of the latter’s functions. Ofcom is consulting on the introduction of new procedures for investigating breaches of rules for on-demand services to replace the interim procedures. These would apply […]

Ofcom to take over VoD regulation from ATVOD

The UK’s Ofcom is to bring regulation of on-demand video services in-house, ending existing co-regulator ATVOD’s six year role in regulating the content of VoD services. Ofcom’s decisions followed a strategic review that concluded that “in light of the increasing convergence of linear services and on-demand programme services, the Single Digital Market Review in the […]

Vice wins appeal on ATVOD ruling

Youth-focused media outfit Vice UK has won an appeal against a determination by ATVOD that the Vice (Video) section of its website was subject to regulation by the UK video-on-demand regulator. Vice secured its case by presenting evidence to Ofcom, which ATVOD said was not available at the time of its ruling, that its parent […]

ATVOD makes first rulings as new regulations come into force

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two adult online on-demand services have breached new statutory regulations that ban UK VoD services that carry material that would be banned on DVD.  The rulings are the first made by ATVOD under new regulations on prohibited material and come as the body introduced new guidance on the […]

ATVOD rules on adult services

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two adult services have breached statutory rules put in place to protect children.  The regulator ruled that Daisy Rock UK and She Bang TV allowed under 18s to access content viewable on-demand by allowing free, unrestricted access to videos and images and by making full-length videos available to […]

ATVOD names new board member

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has named James Tatam, digital media director for Channel 5, to its board. Tatam will take up his new role on January 1. He will replace Daniel Austin of Sky, who stood down from the ATVOD Board in September after four and a half years. Tatam currently has overall product, editorial, […]

VoD services becoming more accessible, says ATVOD

VoD services are becoming more accessible, with public service broadcasters leading the way, according to a new survey by ATVOD. Subtitled programmes for those with impaired hearing are now being provided on at least 18 UK VOD services according to the survey. Channel 5, ITV and STV all now provide subtitles for more than 70% […]

New rules give ATVOD additional powers against adult sites

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has been given new powers to target illegal adult services thanks to the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 rules, which among other things prohibt material that would be would be refused a classification by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) from being distributed on UK video-on-demand services. Under the rules, […]

New board appointment for ATVOD

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has named ITV executive Nicola Phillips as a director. Philips, currently head of legal, ITV brands, interactive, online and on-demand for ITV, will become a non-independent board member and director of the regulator. Phillips, who worked in the technology, media and telecommunications team at law firm Dentons before joining ITV in […]

ATVOD rules against adult sites

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two services operating across 74 adult websites have breached rules requiring UK VoD providers to protect children from adult content. ATVOD held Extreme Movie Pass and UK Sirens in breach of statutory rules requiring adult content to be blocked to children. The Extreme MoviePass service operated across 73 […]

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