ATVOD ruling overturned on appeal

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD said it would consider carefully a court appeal that overturned its decision that Channel Flip Media was offering a TV-like on-demand service on its website and that it should be subject to ATVOD regulation. In 2011 ATVOD ruled that the Channel Flip service – which offered consumers on-demand access to short-form […]

ATVOD names new director

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has named Paul Whiteing, CEO of PhonepayPlus, to its board as an independent member and director. Whiteing, who will take up his post in January, will replace Sara Nathan, who is standing down after three years. “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to join the Board. He offers a wealth of experience in […]

ATVOD: use OPA rather than new regulation to combat porn

It would not be appropriate to put in place “a rigid new regulatory structure” to tackle the problem of access to harmful content, including access to pornography by children, being made easier by “media convergence”, according to UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD. In a report submitted in evidence to the House of Lords communications committee’s investigation […]

ATVOD highlights adult record

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has highlighted its role in limiting the availability of hardcore adult services. According to ATVOD, it has investigated over 20 porn services over the last few months, including seeing the shut down of video site after it failed to comply with an enforcement notification requiring it to remove offending content […]

Ofcom confirms ATVOD’s regulatory role

Following a review, communications regulator Ofcom has decided the current arrangements for the co-regulation of the video-on-demand sector should remain in place and ATVOD should remain its co-regulator in this respect. Slight amendments to the regulatory arrangements mean that ATVOD no longer needs prior Ofcom approval to publish or amend guidance or consult Ofcom before […]

Ofcom refers Sky and Viacom dispute back to VOD regulator

The UK’s Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) must decide whether content owners or service providers offering on-demand services have ‘general control’ over the selection and organisation of the programmes that comprise the service. An appeal by BSkyB against an ATVOD determination that it was providing an on-demand service which included content from three Viacom […]

BBC Worldwide wins appeal against ATVOD ruling

BBC Worldwide has won an appeal against a ruling by video-on-demand regulator ATVOD that it was providing an on-demand service on the Italian Mediaset pay TV platform, and was thus subject to regulation by ATVOD. According to ATVOD, its original ruling was based on whether BBC Worldwide or Mediaset exercised “general control” over the selection […]

ATVOD reduces fees by 3.58%, announces banded tariffs

The UK’s video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has reduced its fees by 3.58%. Following public consultation, ATVOD has announced a new banded tariff structure for the year ending March 31. The tariff, approved by media regulator Ofcom, offers a three band standard tariff based on the turnover of the service provider, with rates set at £771, £4,990, […]

ATVOD appoints board members

Gidon Freeman of NBC Universal, Sophie Jones of Channel 4 and Chris Ratcliff of Portland TV are joining the board of UK VOD regulator ATVOD. Freeman is director of regulatory and government affairs at NBC Universal International. He joined in 2010 and currently works on regulation and government affairs issues across NBC Universal’s various businesses […]

Ofcom upholds ATVOD ruling on Viva TV Music

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service. MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements […]