TV Codes P (violence), S (sex), W (profanity) N (drugs) Sexual violence against minors, profanity

Services registered in Poland must comply with the law. These channels include Canal+ Online, Player or Polsat Box Go. It does not include foreign streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max or Viaplay. Their labeling systems depend on the countries in which they are registered and licensed. In the case of Netflix, it is the Netherlands, and in the case of HBO Max, it is the Czech Republic. Foreign broadcasting services often identify potential threats to the development of minors more accurately than required by the KRRiT regulation. In addition to sex, profanity, violence, alcohol or drug abuse, they tell, via subtitles, after the start of a certain element of the program, for example about suicide scenes that predisposed people to depression or shots with flashing lights that could harm viewers with epilepsy.

No promotion of sex with a random person

The new regulation includes graphic symbols known from linear television. Content without age limits does not need to be marked with any symbol. This obligation exists in the case of products available to minors from 12 years old, from 16 years old (olive and orange squares) and from 18 years old (red square with a key).

The regulator writes in the regulation that persons under the age of 12 must not view pathological forms of sociability or reduce the world view of sexual behavior or sexual arousal, especially presented in a primitive, simplistic or brutal manner. One cannot present sexual behavior separate from human emotional needs, nor present a vision of adulthood that exhibits excessive violence or exhibits hateful behavior without unequivocal moral assessments. In this age group, manipulating humans for personal gain and representing the treatment of humans or animals in something is prohibited. Consumer behavior and hedonism cannot be promoted by portraying such characters as heroes. It is also forbidden to condone drug use or other addictions (social media, gaming, gambling, sex). Life-threatening or health-threatening behavior (fast driving, intimate contact with strangers, drug use) and strong impressions of images of violence or sex cannot be promoted.

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Similar restrictions exist for minors under 16 years of age. The Regulation states that products directed at this age group must not include a justification of violence, discrimination, depictions of sex, or violence (including physical abuse or breach of moral norms) as a source or determinant of a hero’s life success, or sexual or violent behavior as a form of reward or A sign of life’s intelligence. One cannot present images of sexual activity in isolation from higher feelings (eg, sex with a random person, sex for material or social benefits, sex to relieve emotional stress). Consent to the use of psychotropic substances to justify vandalism or violence against animals is prohibited. The previous regulation was in effect as of 2013.

KRRiT will not take any consequences against HBO Max and Netflix

The novelty in the KRRiT list is graphic symbols that warn of specific threats. Streaming services are to warn about violence, sex, profanity and drugs through gray squares with the letters P, S, W, N. Platforms that do not comply with the regulations may be penalized. In the case of foreign sites, this will not be practically possible, as they are subject to the jurisdiction of other regulatory bodies. Often more liberal than the NBC.

On Netflix or HBO Max, many products that involve violence or alcohol abuse are flagged as available from 16 or even 13 years old. For example, the series “Stewardess” from HBO Max, whose main character in the first season often drinks alcohol and has casual sex. – We receive the information base to determine the rating from the producers of films and series. The final age marks included for individual programming content contained on HBO Max are used in accordance with Czech law by the programming department of the media service provider operating under the laws of that country. For information about the Czech media service provider, please refer to the terms of use at www.hbomax.com. The site’s operating principles in this regard have not changed since the launch of HBO GO in Poland and have continued after the rebranding of HBO Max – the Wirtualnemedia.pl portal informs Agnieszka Niburska, Agnieszka Niburska, Director of Public Relations at HBO Max EMEA.

In the past, the National Broadcasting Council has already received complaints about, for example, violence in the Netflix series “Squid Game”. In response, it was reported that the Netflix platform enables the ability to restrict access to certain content by minor viewers, thanks to parents and guardians controlling what their children watch. By creating a child profile on this platform, a parent may place restrictions on the use of specific undesirable content – then explained Theresa Bryczynska, a spokeswoman for the National Broadcasting Council.

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