Future regulation of on-demand programme services

Consultation published 18|12|2015

About this document

From 1 January 2016, Ofcom will be sole regulator (other than in relation to advertising) for on-demand programme services ("ODPS") under Part 4A of the Communications Act 2003 (the "Act").

This document summarises, for the convenience of providers and consumers of ODPS, arrangements which apply from that date. We have collated links to forms for notifying services to Ofcom (and related guidance), as well as Rules and Guidance applying to ODPS, Interim Breach Procedures for investigating breaches of rules for on-demand programme services ("Interim Breach Procedures"), and Sanctions Procedures.

This document also consults on two substantive proposals. One is to introduce new Procedures for investigating breaches of rules for on-demand programme services to replace the Interim Breach Procedures, and to align more closely with the position for linear television broadcasting. The other is not to charge fees under section 368NA of the Act.