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Streaming services set to be regulated by Ofcom in UK

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Ofcom would be regulating streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for the first time.

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK and regulate TV and radio, as well as other services, such as broadband.

Streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, as well as other streaming services would have new rules to follow when Ofcom regulate them. The rules would bring streaming services in line with the rules and regulations that broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4, as an example, have to follow.

The only streaming service that has to follow Ofcom's Broadcasting Code currently is BBC iPlayer.

You can find out about the policies in this Government policy document, known as a White Paper.

Streaming services can also be referred to as Video on Demand (VoD) services, most of which are not regulated by Ofcom. When VoD services become regulated by Ofcom, they would have to follow Ofcom's Broadcasting Code and 'protect audiences from harmful or offensive material, and adhere to rules regarding accuracy, fairness and privacy.'

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