VOD/Digital video ratings
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.
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.