BBFC Digital Age Ratings

People are concerned to know about how best to choose appropriate films, TV and music videos for their children and families to watch online, on their computers, tablets, games consoles and smartphones.

To provide you with guidance, the BBFC works with a number of on demand services to give age ratings for video content available for download and streaming.

Some of these platforms also provide parental controls, enabling parents to make films with an appropriate age rating available to their children

Using BBFC age ratings for online content helps children and families make the same informed viewing choices when they’re using digital video services, as they can when they’re going to the cinema or renting or buying DVDs and Blu-ray.

In 2015, the BBFC commissioned some research which showed that this is something that people very much want. It found that 85% of parents prefer to download films classified with BBFC age ratings, symbols and ratings info. This research is available on our research page. See also the Online Music Videos page

Online services and other places using BBFC age ratings

VOD and streaming services wishing to display existing BBFC age ratings need to enter into a licensing agreement. Licenced services may only use BBFC age ratings issued for use in the home, BBFC cinema ratings (such as 12A) cannot be used.  

Here is a list of services that are currently using BBFC age ratings under direct, or indirect, licence:


  • AMC
    • Acorn TV UK
  • AmazonApple 
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • Freevee (formerly IMDb TV)
    • Apple TV+
    • iTunes Film & TV Store
  • Barbican Cinema on Demand
  • BFI Player
  • Britbox
  • BT TV
  • Curzon Home Cinema
  • Find Any Film
  • Google
    • Google Play Store
    • YouTube Movies
    • Google Web Search
    • Google Knowledge Panel
  • Joybear
  • Lyfta
  • Microsoft Film & TV Store
  • Netflix
  • Paramount
    • Paramount+
    • Pluto TV
  • Rakuten TV
  • Sky Store
  • Soho Theatre On Demand
  • StarzPlay
  • Vubiquity
    • Virgin Media Store
    • Virgin Movies


  • British Airways
  • IFE Services Ltd
  • Virgin Atlantic

Give us your feedback

If you’ve seen content on a platform, service or other provider that carries BBFC age ratings and you want to feedback about the age ratings please don’t hesitate to email us.

And don’t forget, you can find ratings info for all content carrying a digital BBFC age rating using Search on this site or using the BBFC App for iPhone and Android devices.