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. We are currently updating our Rules and Guidance to reflect the amendments. 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.

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

Rules and guidance, procedures and notifications

List of video-on-demand services currently regulated by Ofcom (PDF, 491.7 KB) – Updated January 2021

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

Regulatory fees