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Pin ALWAYS needed for 12+

Having now subscribed to Sky Movies I get asked every time before 9pm to enter my pin to watch a 12+ movie. 

I have switched off the need for a pin. But this has no effect.

I am an adult alone at home so need no pin.

How can I switch this off? It is intensely annoying.

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You cannot turn it off thanks to the "Nanny state" broadcast rules we now have in this country.

It is against OFCOM rules to transmit (or re-transmit) any programme or film rated higher than 12+ out of watershed without the viewing PIN being locked on. It is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT & Virgin would lose its licence to operate if you were able to turn it off.

 

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Thanks. So the Virgin pin switch disable does absolutely nothing.

Time to complain to Ofcom. My second to them this week ...

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Ofcom made this rule. Its then that force VM to have the Pin.

Why are you complaining to them?

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Just to be clear on why it's there. It was introduced as part of the agreement that Sky got to broadcast higher rated films during the day

Before PIN protection was introduced, all Sky Movie channels (as was) could only show U and PG films e.g. Hallmark daytime filler. So it's price that is paid to get 'proper' films on the channels during the day.

Because of the change in viewing habits, OFCOM did run a further consultation about the daytime PIN protections and whether channels other than Sky Cinema could use it

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mandatory-daytime-protection

And the result was the new Broadcasting code which will allow it for other channels, although I'm not sure how many platforms are doing it yet:https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/broadcast-codes/broadcast-code/section-one-protectin...

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