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#270023 20-Apr-2020 12:24
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Hi All 


Just letting you know from 1st May a new regulation will kick on regarding the classification on free-to-air channels.


More details can be found here 

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  #2466058 20-Apr-2020 12:42
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It has never made sense to me that the free to air channels has a stupid rating system. I have always gone by the movie ratings. As it was much easier to determine what the content level is like.
Will the networks stop editing content as a result of these changes? It is much better to see unedited movies and tv shows as the directors intended. And the quantity of excess spam make me never watch movies on tv. I tried it once a long time ago, spam kept appearing every 5-8 minutes and i stopped watching after less than half an hour.


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  #2466136 20-Apr-2020 13:15
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Finally. I remember ranting about the non-specific 'AO' rating about 15 years ago...

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  #2491175 25-May-2020 16:28
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Am I the only one amused by the stated logic for this change on the website: "The way we watch free-to-air television has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. We don’t always watch programmes at fixed times, we record and watch later."


I'm pretty sure that I have been recording programmes to watch later since 1986 when we first got a VCR. So it's not exactly a new development, or one that has only happened in the last 10 years. And, ironically, it was that set up had more of a "child lock" than a parental lock - it was my job to set timed recordings for the first 6-9 months, as for some reason my parents struggled with this.


Also, that statement seems to make a nonsense of one of the changes being trumpeted on the website - changing the time-slots in which material with various levels of classification are being broadcast. If, as they state, people are recording programmes to watch later then


In any event, most kids now days seem to watch stuff online, and it's far racier than most of what is broadcast. As far as controlling child access to adult-orientated material, the BSA and Freeview are largely irrelevant.

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  #2491210 25-May-2020 17:16
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In any event, most kids now days seem to watch stuff online, and it's far racier than most of what is broadcast. As far as controlling child access to adult-orientated material, the BSA and Freeview are largely irrelevant.



Not just the BSA/Freeview, the entire OFLC and the FVPCA 1993 are not aging well and are badly in need of replacement. Sadly the only move I've seen on that front was them forcing online content providers to self classify under the horribly antiquated system. *sigh*

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  #2491221 25-May-2020 17:53
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Does these rating changes mean that broadcast networks will not edit content and remove parts of the movie/tv shows?

3 reasons why i dont watch movies on free to air tv.

1. Excessive quantity of spam advertising after pretty much every scene.
2. Cropped from wide aspect ratios like 2.35 to 16.9
3. Edited to remove parts of the movie.

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