Streaming giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ could be regulated for the first time in the United Kingdom under new proposals now under consideration.
Ministers at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will consult on plans to subject streaming services to British broadcasting laws – bringing them in line with the standards that the likes of the BBC, ITV, Sky and others are also subjected to.
This deals with not just ensuring that the services have appropriate content age ratings in place, but they would also be subjected to standards on impartiality and accuracy for documentaries and news programming, as well as those of fairness, harm and offence.
The streamer regulation review, which will also assess if broadcaster Channel 4 should be privatized, will inform a white paper to lay the groundwork for the biggest shakeup in UK broadcasting laws in nearly two decades.
Netflix has reportedly indicated support for the regulation and has already has adopted the British Board of Film Classification age ratings on its content.