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May 23, 2008

Age ratings for downloads

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by David Allen

The UK is to get a new rating system for downloaded video content and games.

This is to be organised by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and will be known as the BBFC.online.

This will mean that all content and games that are downloaded in the UK will now have the same age ratings as seen on the games and DVDs bought in stores and what you see on the TV for flims.

Although the scheme will be initially be voluntary, it is thought that the certificates will appear on websites and players.

Fox, Disney and Warner Bros have already signed up for this scheme which will begin to roll out by the end of the month.

It is noticeable that the BBC’s iPlayer and games consoles like the Xbox which can use downloaded content have not yet signed up for the scheme.

The idea behind this is to give parents a better understanding of the age that some content and games are intended for.

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