Poland audits VOD services

November 5, 2013 08.53 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

KRRiT_buildingPoland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has undertaken its second audit of companies providing on demand services over the internet.

Following shortly on from the first, undertaken between April and July this year, it concluded that many of the 21 companies had now fallen into line with respect to complying with the broadcast law and rule related to the protection of minors.

Almost all the companies provided their postal and email addresses on their websites and 19 (90%) indicated the KRRiT as the competent authority for audiovisual on demand services, compared to five (24%) in the first audit.

Seventeen (81%) now showed age classification symbols in their catalogue and 15 (70%) in actual transmission, the latter figure compared to 9 (43%) in the first audit. However, the KRRiT also noted that the 21 companies failed to promote European works sufficiently.

They also showed no improvement in catering for viewers with such disabilities as impaired vision or hearing.

The regulator has now asked six companies to address the issue of showing age categories and for all 21 to improve promotion of European works and expand the range of programmes for the disabled.