On-demand programme service (ODPS) providers

Ofcom regulates editorial content (programming) on UK ‘video-on-demand’ services (or ODPS). 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 ODPS and is therefore required to notify Ofcom and comply with our rules. These criteria and the content standards requirements are set out in Section 4A of the Communications Act 2003 (“the Act”).

On 1 November 2020, the Audiovisual Media Services (“AVMS”) Regulations came into force. The Regulations amend Part 4A the Act. Our draft guidance on who needs to notify as an ODPS provider is currently being consulted on and our consultation on updating our guidance on measures to protect users from harmful material will be published in mid 2021. In the interim, services providers are reminded that ODPS providers must ensure they comply with their statutory obligations under the Act. They should seek their own legal advice on any compliance issues.

If you have any questions about Ofcom’s regulation of ODPS, please contact: vod@ofcom.org.uk

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