On-demand programme service (ODPS) providers


Ofcom regulates editorial content (programming) on UK ‘video-on-demand’ services. Previously, our co-regulator, the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), led on this. Video-on-demand services include TV catch-up, online film services and those providing a library of archive content. 

There are specific criteria for determining whether a service falls within the definition of an on-demand programme service (ODPS) and is therefore required to notify Ofcom and comply with our rules.

Ofcom has published a statement on how it will regulate editorial content on ODPS from 1 January 2016, including details of consultations on its long-term approach to regulating these services. In advance of the conclusion of those consultations, service providers should consult the Interim Procedures and other documents below.

Any stakeholders with questions about Ofcom’s regulation of ODPS should contact: vodreviewteam@ofcom.org.uk

Rules and guidance, procedures and notifications

List of video-on-demand services currently regulated by Ofcom (PDF, 755.3 KB) - Updated October 2017

The designation of the ASA

Access services and European works

Industry forum

Video-on-demand research

Ofcom broadcast and on-demand bulletin

Archived documents

How to complain to Ofcom about an on-demand service