Rules and procedures
Ofcom regulates editorial content (programming) on UK video-on-demand services.
Providers of on-demand programme services (ODPS) are required by law to notify us before their service begins, and to let us know if the service closes or undergoes significant changes. 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 have updated our rules, guidance and notification documents to reflect these amendments.
We are currently consulting on draft guidance on who needs to notify as an ODPS provider, and our consultation on updating our guidance on measures to protect users from harmful material will be published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.
The On Demand Programme Service Rules set out the statutory requirements with which providers of on-demand programme services must comply. They cover both administrative and editorial rules.
This document outlines Ofcom’s procedures for the handling and resolution of complaints (or for the conduct of its own investigations) about potential breaches of rules applying to on-demand programme services (“ODPS”) by ODPS providers. .
Procedures for investigating breaches of rules for on-demand programme services (PDF, 213.0 KB)
Last updated 3 April 2017
This document outlines the procedures that Ofcom will normally follow when considering the determination of a sanction against the provider of an on-demand programme service (“ODPS”) for contravention of one (or more) of the requirements imposed on it under Part 4A of the Communications Act 20032 (the “Act”).
Ofcom regulates editorial content (programming) on UK video on-demand services. Before 1 January 2016 our co-regulator, the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), led on this.
You can find information relating to ATVOD's term in the National Archives.
Our older rules and guidance (PDF, 215.0 KB) is for reference only, and relates to earlier versions of the administrative and editorial content rules. This guidance was produced by the predecessor regulator ATVOD.