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Streaming services in UK set to be regulated by Ofcom for the first time

Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar and others are set to be regulated by Ofcom for the first time, in proposals being published by the government.

The change will result in OTT platforms in the UK being regulated in the same way as traditional broadcasters “to protect audiences.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said, “The UK’s TV and radio industries are world-renowned for their creativity, driven by exceptional talent that is delivering groundbreaking public service programming.

“Set against the backdrop of the digital transformation of our viewing habits, today’s plans will revamp decades-old laws to help our public service broadcasters compete in the internet age.”