Mixed results for ATVOD in Ofcom appeals

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has welcomed a rejection by Ofcom of adult service Frankie and Friends’ appeal against its ruling that it comprises a VoD service and is therefore subject to regulation by ATVOD. At the same time, Ofcom accepted an appeal by another adult offering, Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, against ATVOD’s ruling that it […]

ATVOD censures adult services

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that six adult VoD services operating across 29 websites have broken rules requiring them to prevent children watching hardcore pornography. The latest findings by ATVOD bring to over 30 the number of UK adult services against which the regulator has acted since 2012 for failing to protect children. The […]

ATVOD appoints economist Robin Foster to board

The UK’s Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) has appointed economist and founding member of consultants Communications Chambers, Robin Foster, as independent board member and director. Foster, who as an economist specialises in policy, strategy and regulation in the media and teleco sectors, has previously served as a strategy partner to Ofcom and helped establish […]

ATVOD action bans adult service outright for first time

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has take action leading to the banning of a VoD service outright for the first time.  ATVOD said it had banned J P Media-owned hardcore adult service Jessica Pressley, leaving the servce’s owner liable to criminal prosecution if it defies the order. Another adult content supplier, S Hilder, operator of the […]

Playboy TV wins appeal on UK on-demand services

Playboy TV UK/Benelux has won an appeal to regulator Ofcom against a fine levied by UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD after providing that key parts of its operation where being run from Canada, after control of the operation was passed on to Playboy Plus.  The move of key operations to Canada placed the service outside ATVOD’s […]

ATVOD rules against porn sites, calls for changes to payment rules

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has taken measures against 10 adult content services that it says failed to provide sufficient protection to children, and has announced plans for a summit with the financial industry to block payments to non-UK-based porn sites. ATVOD’s latest judgement on breaches of statutory rules to keep online porn out of reach […]

ATVOD calls for block on payments to foreign porn sites

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has called for a block on credit and debit card payments being made to foreign-based pornography websites that fail to take adequate measures to protect minors in the UK. In its annual report, ATVOD argues that under Crown Prosecution Service guidance on the Obscene Publications Act, it is clear that non-UK […]

ATVOD finds against adult VOD services

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled against three adult VOD services for failing to block access to children. ATVOD’s latest action, which brings to 17 the number of adult services successfully challenged over the last year, found that VOD services Studio66 TV, G Spot Productions and Abused Piggy were in breach of statutory rules. The […]

Ofcom rules in BBC Worldwide’s favour in VOD case

UK communications regulator Ofcom has ruled in favour of BBC Worldwide in a case concerning whether video-on-demand regulator ATVOD had jurisdiction to rule on Worldwide’s YouTube channels. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, appealed an earlier Ofcom ruling that the YouTube channels were on-demand services and therefore were subject to the […]

Ofcom fines Playboy TV Benelux

UK regulator Ofcom has levied a £100,000 (€120,360) penalty on Playboy TV’s UK-based Benelux operation for failing to restrict access to online on-demand services Playboy TV and Demand Adult to under-18s. The fine follows a finding by UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD in July last year that the websites were in breach of regualations. Playboy TV […]