Streaming providers to face more durable UK regulation

Streaming Services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney + could face stricter regulations in the UK due to government proposals

Traditional UK broadcasters like the BBC and ITV are required to adhere to the Ofcom national regulator’s code, which covers issues such as harm, offense, accuracy and impartiality. But most other streaming platforms don’t adhere to these regulations.

The government has announced plans to review whether or not the current rules should be strengthened.

In the meantime, government ministers have also confirmed a consultation on privatization Channel 4.

The station is currently funded by advertisers but is publicly owned.

This comes after the UK immigration officers start giving EU citizens living in the UK receive a 28-day reminder to apply for residencesaid the government. However, the Home Office will give people unlimited time to complete an application for settlement status within the country.

The only streaming platform currently required to comply with Ofcom’s broadcast standards is BBC iPlayer. The regulator has the right to impose fines and suspend licenses if its regulations are violated.

For streaming services with headquarters and editorial offices in Great Britain, which include Amazon Prime and Disney +, but currently not Netflix, separate rules apply that regulate incitement to hatred and other “harmful material”.

The Ofcom website currently has a statement stating that “Netflix is ​​based in the Netherlands and therefore does not fall within Ofcom’s jurisdiction”.

However, some services have implemented their own voluntary procedures, such as: B. the age ratings of Netflix in collaboration with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

In Wednesday’s announcement, the government said there is currently an “inconsistent, ad hoc and potentially harmful regulatory loophole”.

Oliver Dowden, Britain’s culture minister, said the proposed rule would prevent traditional broadcasters like the BBC from having to “compete with one hand behind their back”.

In a letter to The Times, Mr Dowden said that UK broadcasters “are holding their own” but added, “Our broadcasters cannot do it alone and they certainly cannot compete in a digital world while operating by analogue rules.

“This summer we will discuss whether it is time to set the same ground rules for video-on-demand services as for traditional broadcasters.” He added that the government hopes to “level the playing field”.

This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it “looks good” that July 19th is the “end point” for England’s coronavirus restrictions, but did not rule out the prospect of further coronavirus bans in the winter.

Last year, Netflix was criticized by Oliver Dowden for scenes in its hit drama series The Crown that contained historical inaccuracies in portraying a fictional version of the royal family.

According to the latest figures from OfcomIn April 2020, your viewers watched streaming services for one hour 11 minutes a day, twice as much as in the previous year.

In 2019, two in five viewers of Ofcom’s streaming services said they could imagine not watching TV at all in five years.

Changes to streaming regulation, as well as Channel 4’s ownership structure, could both be incorporated into a new media law, which is expected to be presented in a white paper this fall.

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