BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Till today, OTT platforms enjoyed a free run in the Indian digital space but given the recent developments, this might not be the case for long. Your viewing matter might change as it can be brought under certain restrictions put up by the government.
As per Mumbai Mirror, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar met with representatives of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, MX Player, ALTBalaji, Hotstar, Voot, Jio, SonyLIV and Arre on Monday in the capital. He gave them an ultimatum of 100 days to set up an adjudicatory body and finalize a code of conduct which all OTT platforms will abide by in the subcontinent.
Citing that families consume this content, he preached that self-regulation was necessary. Reportedly, content will not be censored. Rather, these platforms are expected to find ways to segregate and classify the content according to suitable age groups.
Going by Digital Content Complaint Council’s (DCCC) rules, curbs are being put in place so that platforms do not show content which is banned by the courts, hurts religious sentiments, promotes violence against the state or depicts child pornography.
As per reports, four OTT platforms have refused to comply with the DCCC. Amazon Prime is hesitating while Netflix, MX Player, Zee5 and ALTBalaji have asked for some time to consider the proposal. As of now, only Hotstar, Voot, Jio, SonyLIV and Arre have agreed to this.