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Introducing Watch & Rate – fast and affordable digital age ratings from the BBFC

The BBFC’s Watch & Rate service allows content owners, rights holders, distributors and platforms to obtain cost-effective digital age ratings that can be used on services offering Video On Demand (including sVOD), Electronic Sell Through and digital rental.

Click here to see information about our new fees that come into effect 1 January 2015. This also affects works submitted now, but where the content is delivered in 2015. 
 
We will also be making changes to how we charge for withdrawals, cancellations, late media delivery and rescheduling. Click here for more details.

Watch & Rate can be used for works exclusive to digital platforms or for online distribution prior to a DVD/Blu-ray release.

Do I need to get my work classified?

If your work has been rated by the BBFC for DVD, Blu-ray or VHS it will already have a digital age rating and does not need to be re-submitted. Your rating can be used on digital video services licensed by the BBFC.

If your work has not yet been rated for DVD, Blu-ray or VHS, or has only been rated for the cinema, it will need a BBFC digital rating in order to be sold on many digital video services.

Full details can be found here.

What can/can't I submit?

Any moving image works to be made available on these services can be submitted.

How do I submit?

It's flexible. Works can be accepted via a number of digital file formats; viewed from your Media Asset Management system; streamed live from your service; or delivered via disc or digital drive.

Full details and sample file formats can be found here.

In order to submit a work please make an entry on our extranet service.

If you do not have an account you may request one here.

How much does it cost?

Watch & Rate costs around 60% less than having a work rated for DVD or Blu-ray release.

If you subsequently submit the identical work for a DVD or Blu-ray rating, your Watch & Rate cost is off-set against the new charge.

NOTE: Standard costs for digital age ratings are offset if (1) the same work is later submitted for a DVD/Blu-ray age rating under the VRA and (2) we have the original Watch and Rate submission in a format that makes it possible to compare with the VRA submission. Any PBE fees are not offset during subsequent VRA submission. 

Full details on pricing can be found here.

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