Such as video streaming services Apple TV +, Netflix e Disney + They are, in the opinion of the UK government, compliant with the same broadcasting laws as traditional UK broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Sky and others.
Ministers of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Announced this possibility today – This will further level the competition between foreign streaming services and domestic transfer networks.
Traditional broadcasters must comply with the regulator’s code Offcom, which contains restrictions covering topics such as damages, infringements, accuracy and fairness.
If the rules are not followed, Offcom can impose a fine and suspend your licenses. Currently, the only compliant streaming service is BBC iPlayer, from the BBC, a UK-based company. However, it was not immediately clear how Offcom could operate in international services.
According to ministers, almost 20 years have passed since the introduction of the UK Foreign Exchange Department’s regulatory framework in the Communications Act 2003 (Communication Act 2003), which was designed before the emergence of video streaming services.
“Technology has changed the way we broadcast, but the rules that protect viewers and help us compete with our traditional channels come from an analog era,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a statement.
According to a press release, a review of the rules will examine whether all streaming services need to be beefed up to ensure they have appropriate age groups and whether they are subject to standards of honesty and accuracy. The exam will be used to prepare the guide – which will lead to a balance between streaming services and local broadcast networks.
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