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Most providers that stream live sports content must follow the Online Content Service Provider Rules 2018. These rules are slightly different from the rules for TV and radio broadcasters. Some exemptions apply and streaming companies can apply for an individual exemption.
Sporting events outside Australia
If you are streaming a sporting event overseas, the company providing that service must follow the rules if:
- it targets people who are in Australia
- any of the content is likely to appeal to the public in Australia
Live sporting events in different time zones
The rules apply to the time zone of the person using the streaming service in Australia. It does not matter what time the live sports event is taking place.
Businesses that provide streaming services must consider the time zone of all potential viewers across Australia.
Sports excluded from the rules
Some sports are not classified as ‘sporting events’ in the rules. The Online Content Service Provider Rules do not apply to:
- horse racing
- harness racing
- greyhound racing
Online simulcast services
If an online service streams identical content at the same time, or almost the same time as a live broadcast, they have to follow the broadcast rules. If the online stream is not identical to the broadcast, it must follow all parts of these online rules.
Companies can apply for an exemption to all or part of the rules. We may allow this and, if we do, we may set some conditions.
Any company with an exemption appears on the list of individual exemptions that we maintain.
To apply, complete the individual exemption application form. We assess applications using the criteria in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Schedule 8).