Sunday, October 10, 2010

Different Rating in Different Countries

When you watch TV you have to look and see who was is rating it. Was it according to the American ratings or was it rated outside of the country. Some countries allow younger children to watch more adult shows that would not be alright for them to watch in the states. It is important for my audience to  understand  that the ratings are different due to how different countries view the same content. Depending on where the movie or show is made will depend on the ratings that will be given for the different countries. It is important to know the difference because if you come to America from a different country you may be confused on why you were once able to watch the show and now you are not allowed to. It can also go the other way around. For people that are from different upbringing background will view different shows different ways.
- P Rated programming content is intended for pre-scholars. Commercial stations must show at least 30 minutes of P-rated content each weekday between 7 am and 4:30 pm. No advertisements may be shown during P-rated programs.
- C-Rated programming content is intended for children. Commercial stations must show at least 30 minutes of C-rated content each weekday between 7 am and 8 am or between 4 pm and 8:30 pm. A further 2.5 hours a week must also be shown either within these time bands or between 7 am and 8:30 pm on weekends and school holidays, for a total of five hours a week (averaged as 260 hours over the course of a year). C-rated content is subject to certain restrictions and limitations on advertising (typically five minutes maximum per 30-minute period or seven minutes including promotions and community announcements).

- For general exhibition.
- Parental guidance is recommended for young viewers. PG content may only be broadcast between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and between 7:00 pm and 5:00 am on weekdays, and between 10:00 am and 5:00 am on weekends.
- Recommended for mature audiences. M content may only be broadcast between 8:30 pm and 5:00 am on any day, and additionally between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm on school days.
File:Australian Ma15.svg- Not suitable for people under 15. MA15+ content may only be broadcast between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am on any day. Consumer advice is mandatory.
- Not suitable for people under 15. This is similar to the MA15+ rating; however it is used specifically to differentiate violent programming. In all other respects, the content cannot exceed the guidelines for MA15+. AV15+ content may only be broadcast between 9:30 pm and 5:00 am on any day (though there has been one exception, Saving Private Ryan which aired at 8:30 pm with an additional warning). Consumer advice is mandatory. (This has recently been replaced by the new R18+ rating).

Knowing all of the ratings is good for people who even only watch a couple of shows. The ratings are there for the thousands of programs within the last twenty years. My next post will tell just how many there really are out there without any other media form.


  1. I never really knew that there is a differenc in the location on the reatings. I used to live in Germany and never really thought to look up the ratings there, but now I'm trying to learn about the United States.

  2. This article brings to my attention how different the cultures are around the world by its different standards. Standards of movie ratings is just the beginning. Why couldn't there be universal ratings so it wouldn't be so confusing for movie goers, especially the more influencial people like youngsters and teenagers.

  3. I like the bright colors. I caught my eye and made me want to read the content. once i read the content i was surprse that all countries have different ratings for the same content. Thanks! for making the content in a fun and enjoyable way of learning.