Television content rating systems
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Television content rating systems give viewers an idea of the suitability of a television program for children or adults. Many countries have their own television rating system and each country's rating process may differ due to local priorities. Programs are rated by either the organization that manages the system, the broadcaster or by the content producers themselves.
A rating is usually set for each individual episode of a television series. The rating can change per episode, network, rerun and per country. As such it is impossible to state what kind of rating a program has, without stating when and where this rating applied.
In Argentina, television ratings are the same as those used by the local film bureau. However, rating is not of compulsory use on TV. They are as follows:
- Apto para todo público (ATP): Suitable for all audiences. Shows with this classification may contain mild violence, language and mature situations.
- Apto para mayores de 13 años (SAM 13): Suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain mild to moderate language and mild violence and sexual references.
- Apto para mayores de 15 años (SAM 15): Suitable for ages 15 and up. May contain stronger violence and language, partial nudity and moderate sexual references.
- Apto para mayores de 18 años (SAM 18): Suitable only for mature audiences. May contain strong violence, coarse language and explicit sexual references.
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Armenia's rating system was introduced in 2007. The Armenian ratings are:
- 3: For ages 3 and up.
- 6: For ages 6 and up.
- GA: General Audiences.
- PA: Parental accompaniment for some material.
- T: Teens ages 12 and up.
- OT: Older teens ages 15 and up
- A: Adults ages 18 and up.
- OA: Older adults ages 21 and up.
The following classification codes apply:
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Child-specific ratings 
These time zones are further governed by the Children's Television Standards 2005, over and above the commercial Code of Practice. Both are similar to the G and PG classifications respectively in terms of allowable content, but are specifically targeted at children, whereas G specifies programming content that is suitable for all audiences, but may not necessarily be of interest to children.
- P-rated Pink: programming content is intended for pre-schoolers 2–4. Commercial stations must show at least 30 minutes of P-rated content each weekdays and weekends at all times . No advertisements may be shown during P-rated programs.
- C-rated Orange: programming content is intended for children 5–7. 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).
Standard ratings 
With the exception of the AV15+ rating, which is only used by commercial TV networks, the ratings are intended to be equivalent to the Australian Classification Board classifications of the same name. They're usually presented with the same shape and sometimes colour as their ACB counterparts.
- Yellow: Parental guidance is recommended for young viewers. PG content may air at any time on digital-only channels, otherwise, it may only be broadcast between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm and between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am on weekdays, and between 10:00 am and 6:00 am on weekends.
- Blue: 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.
- Red: 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. Some R18+ rated movies on DVD/Blu-ray are often re-edited on free tv/cable channels to secure a more "appropriate" MA15+ rating. Some movies that were rated R18 on DVD have since been aired in Australian TV with MA15+ rating.
- Purple: Not suitable for people under 15. This is exactly the same as the MA15+ rating, except the "AV" stands for "Adult Violence" meaning that anything that is Classified "MA15+" with the consumer advice "Frequent Violence" or "Strong Violence" will automatically become AV15+ (with that same consumer advice.) The AV rating is still allowed to exceed any MA15+ content, in particular – 'Violence'. AV15+ content may only be broadcast between 9:30 pm and 5:00 am on any day. Consumer advice is mandatory.
- R18+ Black: Not for kids under 18, this is limited to Adult "Pay Per View" VC 196 and 197. High level content, violence, sex scenes, coarse language and drug use.
Several programs that air before the PG timeslot of 7:00pm do still contain PG content, although nothing is edited to fit a G rating. Shows that are usually rated PG now may always feature the same amount of content when it was G rated. Some movies which have an "R" rating on DVD may be given an MA15+ on TV, although some of the content may be altered/removed to meet MA15+ classification guidelines.
The two government-owned TV networks, ABC and SBS, are not bound by the same regulations as their commercial counterparts, and are instead each bound by their own Codes of Practice. The guidelines provided by these Codes are similar but not identical to the Codes of Practice for commercial stations. For example, SBS refers to the rating MAV15+ instead of AV15+, while ABC does not use the AV/MAV rating at all; instead programs rated MA15+ must not start before 9:30 pm, instead of 9:00 pm. While the ABC recognizes the G rating, its code of practice does not require that it display its classification symbol on-air in respect to G-rated programming.
Pay television networks also have a different system to the free-to-air networks. In general, all content on pay TV must still be given one of the above ratings; however, there are not usually restrictions on the time of day any particular programming can be broadcast. There is an R18+ rating for pay TV, but its use is strictly limited to special interest channels. FOXTEL, a pay TV company, has a parental lock-out system which can be programmed by parents to stop children from seeing certain programs. In 2009, the system malfunctioned, allowing children access to violent TV shows and films. The restrictions on R18+ rated programming have been increased since then, and those programs can now only be shown on the two adult channels.
Consumer advice 
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Consumer advice is compulsory for all MA15+ and AV15+ programs, and one-off programs and very short series classified M or higher (such as feature films, miniseries and documentaries). A classification disclaimer may be displayed for PG material if the broadcaster believes the material is of an intensity that parents and/or young children may not expect.
Consumer advice takes the form of a full-screen written and verbal announcement at the start of the program announcing the classification as well as listing the type and strength of any mature content. In addition, when a program carries consumer advice, appropriate abbreviations are displayed along with the classification symbol after each commercial break. They also usually appear in programming guides, usually in lower case to distinguish from primary classifications. In general, these abbreviations are as follows:
- A for adult themes and/or dangerous stunts—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV, R and X. Strengths Are: "Adult Themes" (PG, M, MA/AV, R) & "Strong Adult Themes" (M, MA, AV, R & X.)
- V for violence—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV, and R. Strengths Are: "Mild Violence" (PG), "Some Violence" (PG, M, MA), "Frequent Violence" (M, AV), "Strong Violence" (M, AV) & "Frequent Strong Violence" (AV.)
- L for coarse language—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV, R. Strengths Are: "Mild Coarse Language" (PG), "Some Coarse Language" (PG, M, MA, AV, R), "Frequent Coarse Language" (M, MA, AV, R & X), "Very Coarse Language" (M, MA, AV, R & X) & "Frequent Very Coarse Language" (M, MA, AV, R & X.)
- S for sexual references and/or sex scenes—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV and R. Strengths Are: "Sexual References" (PG, M, MA, AV, R), "Strong Sexual References" (M, MA, AV, R), "A Sex Scene" (M, MA, AV, R & X), "Sex Scenes" (M, MA, AV, R & X), "A Strong Sex Scene" (M, MA, AV, R & X) & "Strong Sex Scenes" (M, MA, AV, R & X.)
- H for horror or supernatural themes—USED IN: M, MA, AV/MAV and R. Strengths Are: "Horror" (M, MA, AV & R), "Supernatural Themes" (PG, M, MA, AV & R), "Strong Horror" (M, MA, AV & R) & "Strong Supernatural Themes" (M, MA, AV & R.)
- D for drug references and/or drug use—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV, R and X. Strengths Are: "Drug References" (PG, M, MA, AV, R & X), "Drug Use" (M, MA, AV, R & X), "Strong Drug References" (M, MA, AV, R & X) & "Strong Drug Use" (M, MA, AV, R & X.)
- N for nudity—USED IN: PG (If Brief) M, MA, and R. Strengths Are: "Nudity" (PG, M, MA, AV, R & X) & "Strong Nudity" (MA, AV, R & X.)
- SV for Sexual Violence—USED IN: MA, AV/MAV, R and X
- AL for aggressive language—USED IN: R only
- E for education—USED IN: P only
Sometimes, more specific consumer advice is issued, such as:
- SN for supernatural themes—USED IN: C and G
- M for medical procedures—USED IN: PG, M, MA, AV/MAV, and R. Strengths Are: "Medical Procedures" (PG, M, MA, AV & R),
"Strong Medical Procedures" (M, MA, AV & R.)
- W for war themes or scenes—USED IN: M, MA, AV/MAV and R. Strengths Are: "War Themes" (M, MA, AV & R), "A War Scene" (M, MA, AV & R), "War Scenes" (M, MA, AV & R) & "Strong War Scenes" (MA, AV & R.)
In other cases, a network may include more specific advice at the start of a program, but then substitute one of the more widespread categories when using the abbreviated form. Others may not use the above examples at all and simply list the content as violence, adult themes, etc.
The latest version of the Brazilian Informative Classification system was made official on television in mid-2007, although it was already used on motion pictures, video games, and some television networks since 2006. Since then, the television networks themselves rate the shows, while the DJCTQ, the Department of Justice, Classification, Titles and Qualification (Departamento de Justiça, Classificação, Títulos e Qualificação in Portuguese), also known as Dejus, acts as a judge, to guarantee that the rating is appropriate for that specific show.
The Brazilian system:
- L Livre para Todos os Públicos (All Audiences).
- 10 Não Recomendado para Menores de 10 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 10 Years of Age). Programs with this category contain mild sexual and coarse language, obscenities, threat, mild physical or verbal aggression, drug allusions.
- 12 Não Recomendado para Menores de 12 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 12 Years of Age). Programs with this category contain Nudity, sexual language, obscenities, violence, sexuality, exposure of people in embarrassing or degrading situations, detailed description of a crime and aggressive acts, physical or verbal aggression (murder or mistreatment of animals, for example), exposure of a corpse, legal or illegal drug use.
- 14 Não Recomendado para Menores de 14 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 14 Years of Age). Programs with this category contain nudity, intimate petting, heavy sexual and coarse language, violence (physical or verbal aggression, murder, torture and suicide), illegal drug use, frequent and explicit legal drug use.
- 16 Não Recomendado para Menores de 16 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 16 Years of Age). Programs with this category contain sexual intercourse, nudity and heavy petting, graphic violence (murder and heavy physical aggression, torture, rape, mutilation, sexual abuse), explicit illegal drug use, induction to drug use.
- 18 Não Recomendado para Menores de 18 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 18 Years of Age). Programs with this category contain explicit sex, pornography, extreme violence (murder, torture, rape, mutilation, graphic exposure of a corpse), frequent and explicit illegal drug use and incest. It is also used to rate pornographic films and shows.
People under the minimum age indicated by the rating can watch the TV show accompanied by their parents, except for pornographic shows. No "parental guidance" ratings are used.
On broadcast networks, where the system is mandatory, the ratings are also translated in LIBRAS—Língua Brasileira de Sinais (Brazilian Sign Language)—and may also carry content descriptors. The icons must be shown at the start of each block of the show, and their respective promos. Each network uses the system with slight differences:
- Globo and MTV show the ratings before each show, and use content descriptors only for 16- and 18-rated shows.
- SBT shows the ratings at the start of each show, does not use sign language translation for L-rated programming, and uses content descriptors only for 16- and 18-rated shows.
- Record, its sister network Record News, Band and its sister network Rede 21 show the ratings before each show, and do not use content descriptors.
- RedeTV! shows the ratings at the start of each show, and uses content descriptors for all programming, including L-rated programs, which do not normally use such descriptors.
The system also regulates when certain programming may air on broadcast television:
- ER-, L- and 10-rated programming can air at any time
- 12-rated programming may air only between 8 pm and 6 am
- 14-rated programming may air only between 9 pm and 6 am
- 16-rated programming may air only between 10 pm and 6 am
- 18-rated programming may air only between 11 pm and 6 am
On cable networks, the system is voluntary, and also used differently for each network:
- Warner Channel, the first cable channel to use the system, Fox and sister networks FX, Fox Life and National Geographic Channel, show the ratings, with content descriptors, at the start, and the icons halfway through each show.
- History shows the ratings only at the start of each show.
- Disney-owned Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney Channel and Disney XD, and Viacom-owned Nickelodeon and VH1 show the ratings at the start of each show, and the icons at the start of each block (though Nickelodeon shows the complete ratings at the start of each block).
- Sony-owned Sony Entertainment Television, AXN and Animax show the ratings, with content descriptors, before each show, and around halfway through that show.
- Discovery networks, such as the Discovery Channel, People+Arts, Discovery Kids and Animal Planet, carry larger icons at the start of each show, and smaller icons at the start of each block, similar to the US cable industry standards.
Programming on cable networks can air at any time, regardless of its rating.
- If no rating appears, the program is probably suitable for all ages.
- 12: Not recommended for people under 12.
- 14: Not recommended for people under 14.
- 16: Not recommended for people under 16.
The Television Classification System was introduced in the Kingdom of Cambodia on 23 April 2011. The System is a project of the Government Public Relations Department by the Office of National Broadcasting Commission and all eight Cambodian TV stations to set up a procedure of TV program classification. The original system used four main rating and three sub-ratings (using Cambodian characters) shown on screen during the duration of the program. However, the stations have to follow the existing laws—do's and don't's—on broadcasting programs. There is no official logos or signs for ratings, only ticker bar with warning not for children. Children and normal TV programs are not rated.
The Canadian TV Classification System was created in late 1997 for English-language programmers to use in conjunction with the V-chip. The upper-right corner of the Canadian age rating symbols are shaped like the corner of a maple leaf, like the national flag. The rating is intended to be shown once an hour lasting 15 seconds, although in the case of longer programs that do not start on the hour, some broadcasters show the rating at the start and at the top of each subsequent clock hour, while others show the rating at the start and again precisely one hour later. However, there are some networks like Global that only display the television rating at the beginning of the show.
Additionally, should a program contain content potentially unsuitable for some viewers, such as violence, coarse language, or nudity, members of the self-regulating Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (which does not include the CBC) are required to air a disclaimer at the beginning of the program and at the end of each commercial break, advising viewer discretion (such disclaimers are only required for the first hour if airing after 9:00 pm). This disclaimer is technically required even if the final commercial break comes immediately before the closing credits, and some (but not all) channels in fact observe this.
Notably, the television rating given may depend on the level of cable and satellite, or if the program is broadcast over-the-air. Also, television ratings are generally considered more restricted than movie ratings.
Canadian ratings 
- Exempt: Shows which are exempt from ratings (such as news and sports programming) will not display an on-screen rating at all.
- C: Programming suitable for children ages of 2–7 years. No profanity or sexual content of any level allowed. Contains little violence.
- C8: Suitable for children ages 8+. Low level violence and fantasy horror is allowed. No foul language is allowed, but occasional "socially offensive and discriminatory" language is allowed if in the context of the story. No sexual content of any level allowed.
- G: Suitable for general audiences. Programming suitable for the entire family with mild violence, and mild profanity and/or censored language.
- PG: Parental guidance. Moderate violence and moderate profanity is allowed, as is brief nudity and sexual references if important to the context of the story.
- 14+: Programming intended for viewers ages 14 and older. May contain strong violence and strong profanity, and depictions of sexual activity as long as they are within the context of a story.
- 18+: Programming intended for viewers ages 18 and older. May contain explicit violence and sexual activity. Programming with this rating cannot air before the watershed (9:00 PM to 6:00 AM).
Quebec ratings 
- G (General) appropriate for all ages with little or no violence and little to no sexual content.
- 8+ appropriate for children 8 and up with little violence, language, and little to no sexual situations.
- 13+ appropriate for children 13 and up with moderate violence, language, and some sexual situations.
- 16+ appropriate for children 16 and up with strong violence, strong language, and strong sexual content.
- 18+ only to be viewed by adults and contains extreme violence and graphic sexual content/pornography.
An E (no rating will appear on screen) is given to exempt programming, in the same classes used for English Canadian programming above.
In 1993, the National Association of Television (Asociación Nacional de Televisión—ANATEL), created this system as a way of auto regulate and label television programming, as follows:
- I : Infantil (for children): Shows suitable for all children.
- I7 : Infantil para mayores de 7 años: Shows for ages 7 or older
- I10 : Infantil para mayores de 10 años: Shows for ages 10 or older
- I12 : Infantil para mayores de 12 años: Shows for ages 12 or older
- F : Familiar (Family): Shows suitable for all ages, regardless of specific content.
- R : Responsabilidad compartida (Shared responsibility): Children accompanied by an adult.
- A : Adulto (Adult): For adult audiences only (ages 18 or older). Shows that contain explicit language, sex scenes, explicit situations (used after 10pm local time).
Since 1997 Colombian television channels must show at the beginning of every program in the so-called family and adult fringes a notice telling the audience, via audio and video, the minimum age required to watch the program, if it contains sexual or violent content, and if parental company is needed. In order to fulfill this requirement, the channels create and broadcast a bumper. The channels must also broadcast an "institutional message" every day at 21:00, inviting children 12 years-old or less to "not to stay exposed to contents which have no essentially child[-oriented] nature." A message (most networks show a scrolling text) must be broadcast at 22:10 Mondays to Fridays (22:30 Saturdays and Sundays) explaining the viewers that the adult fringe has started.
The fringes (franjas), as defined by the National Television Commission, are as follows:
- Para todas las audiencias (Content suitable for all audiences): everyday, 07:00–21:30
- Infantil (Children): Monday to Friday 16:00–17:00; Saturdays and Sundays 08:00–10:00
- Familiar (Family): Monday to Friday 07:00–16:00 and 17:00–22:10; Saturdays and Sundays 07:00–08:00; 10:00–22:30
- Adultos (adult audiences): the time slots not covered by the Infantil and Familiar fringes.
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In Denmark, there are no regulations on what can be shown on Danish television.
Green Logo: Allowed for everyone at every age and can be showed on all channels at all times.
Yellow Logo: Allowed for children accompanied by an adult and may only be broadcast after 6 pm. Short erotic scenes in movies, for example, belong in this category.
Red Logo: Used for more hardcore sexual content and for extreme horror movies. Hardcore pornography is allowed from 00:00/12:00 am until 05:00/5:00 am.
Blue Logo: Extremely suggestive content and strictly for adults only.
Television ratings were introduced in Finland in 2004. The initial ratings system for television programs shown on Finnish television channels consisted of ratings S, K7, K12, K16, and K18. Ratings as of 2012
- S (allowed at all times)
- K7 (not allowed air before 7:00 am)
- K12 (not allowed air before 05:00 pm)
- K16 (not allowed air before 09:00 pm)
- K18 (not allowed air before 11:00 pm)
If a program is classified as K16 or K18, a notification must be shown before transmission. Example: the following program is rated K16 or K18.
Each rating icon is translucent and, as of November 2012, is shown for the whole duration of the show.
- If no rating appears, it is most likely appropriate for all ages.
- Déconseillé aux moins de 10 ans (Not recommended for children under 10): This image is shown at the beginning of the program and after every break. Not allowed in children's television series.
- Déconseillé aux moins de 12 ans (Not recommended for children under 12): This image is shown at the beginning of the program and after every break. Not allowed air before 10:00 pm (Some channels and programs are subject to exception).
- Déconseillé aux moins de 16 ans (Not recommended for children under 16): This image is shown at the beginning of the program and after every break. Not allowed air before 10:30 pm (Some channels and programs are subject to exception).
- Déconseillé aux moins de 18 ans (Not recommended for persons under 18): This image is shown at the beginning of the program and after every break. Allowed between midnight and 5 am and only in some channels. The access to these programs is locked by a personal password.
In Germany every broadcaster has to show a Die nachfolgende Sendung ist für Zuschauer unter 16 / 18 Jahren nicht geeignet disclaimer before transmission if the program contains potentially offensive content. This roughly translates to The following program is not suitable for viewers under 16 / 18. The Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen (FSF) checks every show in private television.
Greece did not have television rating system before 2000. The Greek television rating system has five ratings. Each rating is represented by a different shape in a different-coloured background.
- White rhombus in green background: Suitable for all ages
- White circle in blue background: Suitable for children over 10 years of age; parental guidance is suggested for those under 10.
- White triangle in orange background: Suitable for children aged 12 and over; parental guidance recommended for those under that age. (only allowed between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.)
- White square in purple background: Not recommended for anyone under the age of 15 (only allowed between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.)
- White X in red background: Not recommended for anyone under 18. (allowed only between midnight and 6:00 a.m.. Foul language before midnight is punishable by fine, except when used in the context of the program.)
The color-coded ratings are mandatorily displayed and verbally announced at the beginning of each broadcast. These provisions are enforced by the National Radio and Television Council (ESR), an independent authority, the executive members of which are appointed by the leaders of all parliamentary parties, preferably by unanimous consent and in extremis by an 80% supermajority.
Hong Kong 
The Hong Kong television rating system is since by generic code of television programs standard of the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap.562) on 11 December 1995. The current ratings are:
- G: General
- PG: (Parental Guidance Recommended): Programs are unsuitable for children; parental guidance is recommended for children to watch.
- M: (Mature): Programs are recommended only for viewers above the age of 18; only allowed to be shown between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Programs that are classified as either PG (Parental Guidance Recommended) or M (Mature) should not be broadcast between 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm every day, as this broadcast time is only suitable for Family Viewing Hour programs.
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The Hungarian television rating system has changed frequently during the last few years. The ratings of the shows broadcasted often caused interferences because the radio and television authorities have stricter guidelines about age appropriate rating categories for programs. If a show is not marked with the television authority's choice of rating symbol, the airing channel often has to pay a large penalty to the authorities.
Before the year 2002 the Hungarian television rating system was pretty simple. Channels could range their programs into three categories:
- Unrated: these programs could be viewed by anyone without any counter proposal.
- Not recommended for children under the age of 14—Films displaying light violence or with explicit dialogues were ranked into this category. The symbol of the age limit was a blue triangle.
- Not recommended for children under the age of 18—Films displaying violence or sexual content were ranked into this one. The symbol of the category was a filled red circle.
Rating programs and displaying on-screen symbols was not strictly compulsory for the channels; eventually the television authority found this system inappropriate.
In 2002 a new rating system was created. Ranking programs and displaying the rating symbols became compulsory on every Hungarian television channel. The new rating system caused problems because the channels were required to display the ranking symbols during the entire duration of their programs. The symbols were distracting, and viewers feared that their constant presence could damage the television screen. Because of the complaints, the television authority allowed channels to choose to show the rating symbols on the left or on the right side of the screen. Later, channels were also allowed to increase the transparency of the symbols.
In the current system there are four rating categories.
- Unrated: the program can be viewed by any age.
- 6: the program is not recommended for children below the age of 6. Does not contain any violence or sexual content. A yellow circle with "6" written inside is used for this rating.
- 12: the program is not recommended for children below the age of 12. Mostly shows with light sexual content or explicit language use are marked with this. Most films without serious violence or sexual content fit into this category also. A yellow circle with "12" written inside is used for this rating.
- 16: the program is not recommended for children below the age of 16. Films displaying violence and obvious sexual content are marked with a yellow circle with "16" written inside.
- 18: the program is recommended only for viewers above the age of 18 (age of becoming adult according to Hungarian laws). Films displaying particular violence and unvarnished sexual content are marked with a red circle with "18" written inside; the red circle was also used until 2002, but it was filled.
It should be noted, that these ratings also apply to films shown in cinemas, however unlike in other countries a viewer cannot be denied access from entering a screening if they are not the age of the rating. Law concerning TV ratings (in Hungarian)
In Iceland, the channel's logo in the top-right corner, the Ratings follow by.
- L (Green): Program Suitable for All.
- 7 (Gray): Program Passed only for 7 and older.
- 10 (Blue): Program Passed only for 10 and older.
- 12 (Yellow): Program Passed only for 12 and older.
- 14 (Orange): Program Passed only for 14 and older.
- 16 (Red): Program Passed only for 16 and older.
- 18 (White): Program Passed only for 18 and older.
In India, the Central Board of Film Certification is responsible for regulating the television programmes. Its guidelines for the television programmes are as below:
- Family shows, cartoon and soap-opera programmes are not regularly censored but are kept under a regulator which checks the content of the shows. Any nudity, offensive language and/or sexual material is always cut.
- Reality shows that contain mature content are allowed to air after 11:00 p.m. only.
- Films that are shown on television show the censor certificate before the film begins. The films are often censored and modified for video exhibition on the basis of the ratings below:
- U – Universal – Unrestricted Public Exhibition throughout India, suitable for all groups Films under this category should not upset children over 4. Such films can be aired round the clock. This rating is similar to the MPAA's G and PG, the BBFC's U and PG, and the OFLC's G and PG ratings. Any nudity/drug innuendo is cut. Such films may contain mild profanity or crude humour, mild sexual content, educational or family-oriented themes and/or mild violence.
- UA – Parental Guidance – Unrestricted public exhibition but with parental guidance for children under the age of 12. Those aged under 12 years are only admitted if accompanied by an adult. This rating is similar to the MPAA's PG and PG-13, the BBFC's PG and 12A and the OFLC's PG and M ratings. Such films may contain moderate coarse language or suggestive dialogue, references and use of soft drugs, people wearing minimal clothing (frontal or rear nudity is not permitted), moderate sexual content, mature themes and/or moderate violence (including brief or implied sexual violence).
Telecast of an adult-rated programme on television is banned in India.
Because of Indonesia's large Islam population (the largest in the world), TV censors have the right to edit out any content deemed offensive according to Islamic law, known as Haraam. Films and television series in Indonesia are forbidden to have excessive offensive language, extreme violence, sexual situations (including nudity, displays of affection [i.e., kissing], and references to homosexuality), and animated scenes considered too scary or frightening for children.
The ratings are divided into categories
- P (Pre-school/Pra-sekolah): Suitable for children aged two until six years.
- A (Children/Anak): Suitable for children aged seven until twelve years.
- A-BO (Children with Parental Guidance/Anak – Bimbingan Orang Tua): Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 with parental guidance/permission.
- SU (All Ages/Semua Umur): Suitable for all viewers from kids to adults.
- BO (Parental Guidance/Bimbingan Orang Tua): Parental guidance suggested.
- R (Teenager/Remaja): Suitable for viewers aged 13 to 17.
- R-BO (Teenager with Parental Guidance/Remaja – Bimbingan Orang Tua): Suitable for teenagers with parental guidance.
- D (Mature Audience/Dewasa): Suitable for viewers over 18.
The BO, A-BO, and R-BO are not considered official ratings, but do appear on Indonesian TV as content warnings.
In Ireland, RTÉ displays a banner in the top right-hand corner (previously on the left-hand corner) of the screen during the opening screen of a program. The banner will display either –
- GA (General Audience/Lucht Féachana Ginearálta): Suitable for all ages.
- Ch (Children/Páistí): Suitable for children aged 5 to 10. May contain comedic violence or action fantasy violence.
- YA (Young Adult/Ógra): Suitable for adolescent audiences. May contain issues that would appeal to or are of a major concern for teenagers.
- PS (Parental Supervision/Treoir Tuismitheora): Suitable for more mature viewers. Stronger than the YA rating in terms of content (adult themes, moderate violence, the occasional instance of coarse language, and scenes that may be too frightening or disturbing for younger viewers are allowed).
- MA (Mature Audience Only/Lucht Féachana Lánfhásta Amháin): The highest content rating on Irish TV. Strong violence, strong sexual situations, heavy profane language, and strong thematic elements are allowed.
In Israel, since April 2003, the broadcast channels (Channel 2 and Channel 10) are showing the suggested age for all programmes. Later the rating was available at all of the channels, such as cable channels and more. Originally the limit tags came in three colors—Yellow, Orange and Red—but in cable or satellite it is designed differently.
In 2010, the system was revised. The current ratings are as follows:
- G: General Audiences. Anyone, regardless of age, can watch the program. Usually News and Young Children's Shows.
- 12+: Suitable for teens 12 and over only. No child under 12 may view the programme.
- 15+: Suitable for teens 15 and over only. No child under 15 may view the programme.
- 18+: Suitable for adults 18 and over only. No children, of any age, may view the programme.
- E: Exempt from classification. This rating is usually applied to live broadcasts.
Italy does not have an official television content rating system, and classification systems may differ from network to network. Generally a colored logo system is used:
- Green Logo: Suitable for all audiences
- Yellow Logo: Parental guidance suggested
- Red Logo: Recommended for older viewers
Major television networks respect a "Protected Time Schedule" (from 14:00 to 19:00), similar to the old family viewing hour used in the United States, in which objectionable content is not allowed to air during the hours when children may be watching. For films and TV series, usually the Italian motion picture classification system is observed. If a film rated V.M.18 (restricted to an older audience) in the theaters airs during the Italian prime time period (about at 10:45 pm/11:00 pm or later), the film will be shown edited to fit a V.M.14 (suitable for viewers between the ages of 14 and 17) rating.
In Malaysia, a television rating system was introduced on 1 November 2011
- U (Umum): General viewing for all ages. Broadcast at anytime.
- P13: For viewers aged 13 and above, under 13 needs parental guidance. Broadcast at anytime.
- 18: For viewers aged 18 and above. Broadcast after 11:00pm.
Rating system used between 1 November 2011 to 15 June 2012.
- A (Anak): Recommended for children.
- U (Umum): General viewing for all ages.
- 13: For viewers aged 13 and above.
- 18: For viewers aged 18 and above.
- D (Dewasa): Adults only.
News programs are not rated. Re-run programs from 2011 or earlier needs to add rating.
Television stations in the Maldives display a classification rating at the beginning of each program. News is an exception. Displaying classification rating after commercials is optional. Each television station uses different classification rating for their respective programs. Usually, all television stations use the following classification age groups.
- Y: Young Children
- G: General viewing for all ages.
- PG: Parental Guidance is required.
- PG-12: Similar to 12+ but all ages may watch with parents.
- 12+: [Restricted] Only for viewers aged 12 and above.
- 15+: [Restricted] Only for viewers aged 15 and above.
- 18+: [Restricted] Only for viewers aged 18 and above.
- 21+: [Restricted] Only for viewers aged 21 and above.
- X: (Banned)
Note: The X rating is used for content that is banned from airing on public television in the Maldives. For example, pornography or sexually explicit material is rated X and is banned because pornography remains illegal in the Maldives as of the year 2009.
The classification system of television programs in Mexico is almost equal to that of the movie rating system of the country.
- AA: appropriate and designed for children under 7. No sex, nudity, violence, or language of any level is allowed, with the possible exceptions of non-sexual love, mild nightmares, etc.
- A: appropriate for all ages, although some material may be unsuitable for children under 7 years (some bad words, sexual references, violence and some crude humor).
- B: Designed for ages 12 and up which may contain some sexual situations, mild violence, and mild language.
- B-15: Designed for ages 15 and up. The content is somewhat more explicit than the A and B ratings. There are sexual innuendo and sexual situations, violence allowing some blood and gore, and coarse language.
- C: designed to be viewed only by adults 18 or older and may contain strong, scary violence, strong language and/or explicit sexual material.
- D: designed to be viewed only by "open minded" adults (at least 19–22 years of age and over) as it most certainly contains stronger, scarier violence, more explicit language, and/or more explicit sexual material than what the "C" rating allows.
- RC Refused Classification, banned from public television in Mexico.
The television rating system in the Netherlands was created in 2001 by the Dutch Institute for the Classification of Audiovisual Media (NICAM) and is known as Kijkwijzer (ViewingGuide or WatchWiser). The same rating systems are used for both television programs and films, and serve partly as guidelines (Programmes with the classification 12 years may only be broadcast from 8pm and with the classification 16 years from 10pm. Cinemas and theaters in the country cannot provide films with the classification 16 years to people under the age of 16). Animated versions of the icons used are also utilized in visual mediums. They are the same as Dutch film ratings. The system is also used for DVDs in Belgium and selectively used on television broadcasts in Flanders.
The following icons are in use for age rating:
- All Ages (Alle leeftijden)
- Parental advisory for children under 6 (Let op met kinderen tot 6 jaar)
- Parental advisory for children under 9 (Let op met kinderen tot 9 jaar)
- Parental advisory for children under 12 (Let op met kinderen tot 12 jaar)
- Parental advisory for children under 16 (Let op met kinderen tot 16 jaar)
There are also six descriptor icons used:
- Violence (Geweld)
- Scary or Disturbing Content (Angst)
- Sexual Content (Seks)
- Discrimination [scenes of characters getting abused, harassed, or excluded because of their race, skin color, religious beliefs, ethnicity, or sexual orientation] (Discriminatie)
- Drug and/or Alcohol abuse (Drugs- en/of alcoholmisbruik)
- Bad Language (Grof taalgebruik)
New Zealand 
New Zealand has two separate content rating systems, one for free-to-air channels and one for pay TV services.
New Zealand's free-to-air TV content rating system has been in place since 1989 and is based on the system Australia was using from the early 1980s until 1993. There are three classifications:
G (General Programmes): These exclude material likely to harm children under 14 and can screen at any time. Programmes may not necessarily be designed for younger viewers, but must not contain material likely to cause them undue distress or discomfort.
Examples Include: Mostly kids shows, Soaps (Neighbours), Cooking And Lifestyle Shows etc.
PGR (Parental Guidance Recommended): Programmes more suited to more mature viewers. These are not necessarily unsuitable for children, but viewer discretion is advised, and parents and guardians are encouraged to supervise younger viewers. Programmes rated PGR can screen between 9am – 4pm and between 7pm – 6am.
Examples Include: Mostly primetime sitcoms And Local Reality Shows
AO (Adults Only): AO programmes contain material of an adult nature handled in such a way that it is unsuitable for children. Such programmes are directed primarily at a mature audience and can screen between noon and 3pm on a school day (except during school and public holidays as designated by the Ministry of Education), and between 8:30pm – 5:00am. A special sub-class of this rating, denoted AO 9:30 pm or later, is reserved for programmes with a "greater degree of sexual activity, potentially offensive language, realistic violence, sexual violence, or horrific encounters" and are considered unsuitable for viewing before that time. www.bsa.govt.nz.
The rating for each programme is shown at the start and after each commercial break. Some PGR programmes and most AO programmes have an advisory before the programme begins to advise of any specific content that could offend viewers such as language, nudity, sex and violence. Other programmes including sitcom series Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls which both aired on TV2 which they received PGR classification and advisory that they might have sexual material. UK Drama skins on FOUR which airs on Mondays mostly receives AO classification for strong language, sex, drugs and some use of violence.
Pay television 
The system for pay television is as follows:
- G: suitable for general audiences
- PG: Parental guidance recommended for under 10
- M: Suitable for mature audiences 13 and up
- 16: Suitable for viewers 16 and up
- 18: Suitable for viewers 18 and up
Any programme of any rating can air at any time, but care should be taken to observe the following guidelines (as per the Broadcasting Codes of Practice):
- Although most services these days make content filtering technology available to subscribers free-of-charge, channels carried by providers that do not have said technology can only screen material rated 18 between the hours of 8pm and 6am, and also between 9am and 3pm on school days.
- Programming rated M or higher should not be scheduled on either side of a program rated G.
- Visual warning labels should be displayed before certain programmes rated PG or higher. More than one can be used and the labels are:
- C: Content may offend
- V: Violence
- L: Language
- S: Sexual content
The age rating system in the Peru television came into force in 2005 as President of the republic Alejandro Toledo and the Congress passed this law for radio and television. The open-signal channels that show their age rating are: América Televisión, ATV, Frecuencia Latina, Global TV and La Tele. Nevertheless, the channels: TV Peru, Panamericana Television, etc. do not show their classification.
The ratings for television programs are available on some Peruvian channels. The rating system used in Peru is listed below.
However, América Televisión is the only channel that uses its own rating system with four categories:
In the Philippines, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, commonly known as MTRCB, implements and regulates local television content rating systems. In November 1995, the MTRCB has implemented only two television ratings: "General Patronage" and "Parental Guidance", in which these advisories are simply written on the upper left side or at the lower right side of the television screen.
On 6 October 2011, in order to encourage parents to supervise and be responsible with their children in watching television, the MTRCB revamped its rating system, implementing a three-tiered system:
|Pictogram||Classification rating||English name||Filipino name||Description|
|G||General Patronage||None||Suitable for all audiences. May apply to most children's programming, although informational, religious, how-to, or otherwise generally inoffensive content usually fall into this category.|
|PG||Parental Guidance||Patnubay at Gabay||Programmes rated PG may contain scenes or other content that are unsuitable for children without the guidance of a parent. Programmes that are broadcasted live, i.e. variety and game shows such as It's Showtime, are typically rated PG for their suggestive dialogue or humor.|
|Filipino:||SPG||Strong Parental Guidance||Striktong Patnubay at Gabay||Contains mature themes or moderate to intense violence, which may be deemed unfit for children to watch without strict parental supervision. Programmes such as those by World Wrestling Entertainment are usually rated SPG for violent content. It is contrary to the US ratings of TV-PG and TV-14.|
The new ratings was originally to have been a four-tiered system, composed of G (General Patronage), PG (Parental Guidance), SPG (Strong Parental Guidance), and M,[vague] but sometime before the implementation of the new system, the "M" rating was dropped.
The new ratings system is similar to the old one, but the look and the ratings themselves was completely revamped. The new system consists of a new full-screen advisory of the program's rating which is flashed before every program, whatever the rating of such program is, except in the case of programs with SPG rating, wherein the rating must be aired twice (before the program and after a commercial break somewhere in the middle of the program). A rating logo then appears at the bottom right of the screen during a program if it was rated as such. Sometimes, when annotations are to be put and it takes the place of the logo, then it has to be put on the upper left side of the screen, opposite the logo of the TV station.  
On 9 February 2012, the SPG rating was implemented, which utilizes at least one of the following content descriptors: T for tema (themes), L for lengguwahe (language), K for karahasan (violence), S for sekswal (sex), H for katatakutan (horror) and D for droga (drugs). The rating was first broadcast on the film Cinco which was aired in ABS-CBN, where it had its old advisory.
Poland before 2000 did not have any uniform classification system for television programs. Some stations, however, applied their own system of signs: in front of the selected films TVP board applied the "Adult Only" or "film for adult audiences only." in Canal+ before the film to show in chart with key Canal+ in the appropriate color (green, yellow, red). Until 27 February 2000 decided to mark the so-called TVN "adult movies" with a pulsating red 18+ logo . 1 March 2000 an agreement was Polish television broadcasters as "friendly media" in order to introduce in Poland a uniform system of classification of television programs. The signatories of the agreement were nine television broadcasters: TVP, Polsat, TVN, our TV, Canal+, Wizja TV, Poland and Cable TV Niepokalanow. They had time until 31 March 2000 on the introduction of the signs. 1 March 2000 the system runs on TV and our TV, TVN system appeared in mid-March 2000, while the other stations on 20 March 2000, Canal+ after 2000 used the characters from the film. This system consisted of three signs are displayed in the lower right corner of the screen.
Prior to August 2005 the ratings system consisted of three icons and 3 age groups:
|Parental Discretion Advised, May Contain Mild Sex, Violence Or Swearing.|
|Adults Only, May Contain Strong Sexual Content, Violence And Sexual And Violent References|
The current Polish television rating system was introduced on 28 August 2011 and consists of five icons:
|Symbol||Age restriction||Broadcast restriction||Possible contents|
|None||none||positive or neutral view of the world, little to no violence, non-sexual love, and no sexual content.|
|7+||none||as above; may additionally contain some foul language, bloodless violence, and a more negative view of the world. All live broadcasts must carry at least a 7 rating, due to the possibility that offensive language may occur at any time.|
|12+||none||may contain some foul language, some violence, and some sexual content.|
8 PM–6 AM
|deviant social behavior, world filled with violence and sexuality, simplified picture of adulthood, display of physical force, especially in controversial social context (against parents, teachers, etc.), immoral behavior without ethic dilemma, putting the blame on the victim, excessive concentration on material possessions.|
11 PM–6 AM
|one-sided display of the joys of adult life without showing responsibilities (e.g. work), social justification of violent behavior, excessive vulgarity, use of racial slurs and social stereotypes, explicit sexual content, praise of aggression or vulgarity.|
Unlike the previous rating symbols icons in the revised system are seen continually during movies and TV programs (except commercials). News, weather forecasts, sports, and commercials are exempt from classification.
TV ratings on Portuguese television were many times refused by the audience. For a long time the only existing regulation was a red circular logo for programs with potentially shocking or harmful content.
However, in addition to this, all major TV networks decided in 2006 to apply a more specific rating system for the shows:
- Todos (suitable for all)
- 10, Aconselhamento Parental (may not be suitable for children under 10) Nevertheless, some foul language, blood, drug reference and censored sex is allowed. Most soap operas are rated 10 ( Morangos com Açúcar, Laços de Sangue,..)
- 12, Aconselhamento Parental (may not be suitable for children under 12)
- 16 (may not be suitable for children under 16)
These logos must be shown during one minute in the beginning of any program and after every break. If a program is rated 16, it can only be broadcast between 11pm and 6am.
The rating system for programs and films shown on Romanian television:
- Y: (Young Ages)
- G: (General Exhibition)
- AP: Accordul părinţilor (Parental guidance is recommended for children below the age of 12)
- 12: Interzis copiilor sub 12 ani (Not recommended for children under 12 years of age)
- 15: Interzis minorilor sub 15 ani (Not recommended for children under 15 years of age)
- 18: Interzis minorilor sub 18 ani (Not recommended for children under 18 years of age)
The rating system for programs and films shown on Russian television:
- 0+ (Can be watched by Any Age)
- 6+ (Only kids the age of 6 or older can watch)
- 12+ (Only kids the age of 12 or older can watch)
- 16+ (Only teens the age of 16 or older can watch)
- 18+ (Restricted to People 18 or Older)
- 21+ (Adults Only)
In Serbia, TV stations are obliged to mark all programs that could endanger children and youth. TV programs that could endanger minors in any way must be clearly marked, and the custodians warned. Each program displayed before midnight, has to be marked with a clearly visible age limit (e.g. 12, 14, 16, 18) which warns the parents and other audience if it program is not suitable for all minors. It is displayed at the beginning (usually in a big red circle across the screen) and each 15 minutes (on a visible location, usually in a corner) of the show. On radio, this warning is presented by the speaker. a G rating is when nothing appears. an L,M,N means it's suitable for kids and children and young, and all ages may watch. Like (12,14,16,18) that they are exempt from classification, and replaced by P, Q and R.
All broadcasters have the right to classify programs on their own, but the Serbian Republic Broadcasting Agency (RBA) reserves its right to punish or warn the stations if they do not mark the programs at all, do not mark it as described or systematically estimate age categories wrongly. The broadcasters have the right to ask the agency's opinion in certain show if they are not capable of recognizing its category. They are also advised to take care of the usual children schedule and to avoid problematic material in time when it could be easily expected that minors are watching or listening the program.
Singapore has adopted the use of TV Ratings from 15 July 2011. They consist of PG and PG13 ratings for Free-to-Air TV and NC16 and M18 ratings in addition to the PG and PG13 ratings for Pay TV channels. For Free-to-Air TV, the shows rated PG may be aired anytime while PG13 should air between 10pm to 6am. For Pay TV, PG13 rated programmes can be shown anytime. Before the rated programme starts the TV channels will show a notification. Currently, only StarHub TV's and Mio TV's self-packaged non-regional Pay TV channels ( e.g. StarHub TV's E City and Sensasi and Mio TV's FashionTV HD and FashionTV HD On Demand, both of which features modeling nudity in certain programmes ) are enabled to carry NC16 and M18 rated content. FashionTV is also Singapore's first official M18 rated channel. M18 rated programmes can only be telecasted from 10pm onwards to 6am on Pay TV. Regional channels like Star World, Fox Movies Premium and HBO Asia are unable to carry Media Development Authority's film ratings as they are targeted at the same region (a certain group of Asia territories), which results in programmes being subjected to external censorship of a much harsher nature outside Singapore territorial control. Only Video on Demand (VOD) Pay TV services are allowed to carry R21 content currently. G-rated programmes are not required to show a notification for any channel.
Slovenian government accepted a law in 2004 in which television stations are required to play a warning before a film and display on of the following logos:
South Africa 
South African ratings are issued and certified by the Film and Publication Board, whilst the National Broadcasting Commission regulates the various films and programs. All television stations, cinemas and distributors of DVD, video and computer games must display the following signage:
- Family: This is a program/film that does not contain any obscenity, and is suitable for family viewing. A logo must be displayed in the corner of the screen for 30 seconds after each commercial break.
- PG: Children under 10 may watch this program/film, but must be accompanied by an adult. This program contains an adult related theme, which might include very mild language, violence and sexual innuendo. A logo must be displayed in the corner of the screen for one minute after each commercial break.
- 13: Children under 13 are prohibited from watching this program/film. This program contains mild language, violence and sexual innuendo. A logo must be displayed in the corner of the screen for two minutes after each commercial break.
- 16: Children under 16 are prohibited from watching this program/film. It contains moderate violence, language, and some sexual situations. In the case of television, this program may only be broadcast after 9pm–4:30am. A logo must be displayed in the corner of the screen for five minutes after each commercial break. A full-screen warning must be issued before the start of the program. If the program is longer than an hour, a warning must be displayed every half an hour.
- 18: Children under 18 are prohibited from watching this program/film. It contains extreme violence, language and/or graphic sexual content. In the case of television, this program may only be broadcast from 10pm–4:30am. A logo must be displayed in the corner of the screen for the duration of the program. A full-screen warning must be issued before the start of the program and after each commercial break.
(The 18 rating does not refer to adult, child or animal pornography—as this is banned from television and cinema by the Film and Publication Board.)
- R18: this is reserved for films of an extreme sexual nature (pornography). R18 films may only be distributed in the form of video and DVD in a controlled environment (e.g. Adult Shops). No public viewing of this film may take place. R18 films may not be broadcast on television and in cinemas. This has been breached twice by ETv, where the soft bordering hardcore Emmanuelle was screened.
(The R18 rating does not refer to child or animal pornography—as this is totally banned by the Film and Publication Board.)
South Korea 
The South Korean television rating system has been in force since 2000, and it started with only four classifications which are All, 7, 13 and 19. In February 2001, all programs except domestic dramas (which had been enforced since November 2002) has required to have a rating system. In 2007, rating 13 was changed into 12 and a new rating, 15 is introduced. Most programs have to be rated, except the "exempt" rating below. Even if it qualifies for being exempt, a broadcaster may apply a rating.
- All (모든 연령 시청가, Mo-deun yeon-ryeong si-cheong-ga): This rating is for programming that is appropriate for all ages. This program usually involves programs designed for children. This rating does not have an icon.
- 7 (7세 이상 시청가, chil-se ii-sang si-cheong-ga): This rating is for programming that may contain material inappropriate for children younger than 7, and parental discretion should be used.
- 12 (12세 이상 시청가, sib-ee-se ii-sang si-cheong-ga): This rating is for programs that may contain material inappropriate for those younger than 12, and parental discretion should be used. Usually used for animations that have stronger themes or violence then those designed for children, or for reality variety programs that have mild violence, theme, or language.
- 15 (15세 이상 시청가, sib-o-se ii-sang si-cheong-ga): This rating is for programs that contain material that may be inappropriate for children under 15, and that parental discretion should be used. Examples include most dramas, and talk shows on OTA TV (KBS, MBC, SBS), and many American TV shows/dramas on Cable TV channels like OCN and OnStyle. The programs that have this rating may include moderate or strong adult themes, language, sexual inference, and violence. Since 2007, this rating is the most used rating for TV.
- 19 (19세 이상 시청가, sib-gu-se ii-sang si-cheong-ga): This rating is for programs that are not recommended to those younger than 19. 19-rated programming may air outside of the watershed which is from 7:00AM to 9:00AM, and 1:00PM to 10:00PM. If a program is classified as this rating, the icon has to be displayed through the duration of the program.
- Exempt (no icon or name): This rating is only for knowledge based game shows; lifestyle shows; documentary shows; news; current topic discussion shows; education/culture shows; sports that excludes MMA or other violent sports; and other programs that Korea Communications Standards Commission recognizes. Disclaimer or rating icons are not needed.
Ratings are displayed every ten minutes, lasting 30 seconds. It also has to be displayed after every commercial break. Ratings may be displayed either on the upper-left or upper-right corner of the screen, with a size of at least 1/20 of the screen, and in black writing on a yellow circle with a white outline, except for the "All" rating, which does not have an icon. A rating disclaimer is displayed on the start of the program for five seconds explaining "Because this program is not appropriate for children/youth under the X years old, parental viewing discretion is required"(이 프로그램은 X세 미만의 어린이/청소년이 시청하기에 부적절하므로 보호자의 시청지도가 필요한 프로그램입니다, I peu-ro-geu-raem eun "X: se-mi-man ui eo rin-i/cheong-so nyeon-i si cheong hagi e bu-jeok jeol ha-meu robo hoja ui si cheong-ji doga pir-yo han peu-ro-geu-raem ipnida) for 7, 12, and 15 ratings. "All" and "19" ratings have a different disclaimer, which say "This program is watchable by audience of all ages"(이 프로그램은 모든 연령의 시청자가 시청할 수 있는 프로그램입니다) and "This program is not suggested for youth under age 19"(이 프로그램은 19세 미만의 청소년이 시청하기에 부적절한 프로그램입니다) respectively.
South Korean television ratings do not include content descriptors or viewer advisory as they do in the United States and Australia. The ratings are therefore used in a broader sense. Based on the impact of one element, for example, an otherwise "12"-rated show with occasionally stronger violence (or other element) may receive a "15" instead of an additional advisory.
These are the symbols of the Spanish rating system for television programs:
- TP (Todos los públicos). Recommended for all ages.
- 7 or +7 : Recommended for people older than 7 years old.
- 13 or +13 : Recommended for people older than 13 years old.
- 16 or +16 : Recommended for people older than 16 years old.
- 18 or +18 : Recommended for people older than 18 years old.
Rating symbols are shown all the programme or when it begins (also after publicity), depending on the rating and the hour (13 and over are always shown, and TP is never shown). Years ago, all ratings were shown only al the beginning. On '+18' rated programs, a brief warning tone can also be heard. '18' or '+18' rated programs are not allowed to be shown before 10.00 pm and after 6.00 am.
The Swiss system only contains one symbol which is used for content unsuitable for children and young teenagers. It is a red rectangle that appears next to or below the TV channel logo and for the whole duration of the show. Moreover, the following text appears on the whole screen right before the content is aired, in the language of the channel: "This program contains scenes that may hurt sensible people, therefore the red symbol will be displayed."
Those contents are usually aired after 10:00 p.m.
Taiwanese rating system for television programs was introduced in 1999 and there are four symbols:
- General audiences category ("普"級): For all ages.
- Protected category ("護"級): Not suitable for children under 6 years old. People aged 6 but under 12 require guidance from accompanying adults to watch.
- Parental guidance category ("輔"級): Not suitable for people under 12 years of age. Parental guidance is required for people aged 12 but under 18.
- Restricted category ("限"級): For adults only and people under 18 years of age must not watch. The program under this rating can only be broadcast after 10:00 PM and before 6:00 AM.
- C – (Children) Especially Recommended or children and showed 6:00a-8:00a and 3:00p-8:00p on weekdays and only 6:00a-Noon On the weekend
- U – (Universal) General viewing for all ages. Prior to the 2009 introduction of the PG-13 rating, all programs shown between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. were required to be U-rated. It can be shown anytime on all channels.
- PG-13 – Parental guidance suggested for children under 13 years of age. This classification was introduced in 2009.
- PG-18 - Parental guidance suggested for children under 18 years of age. This classification was introduced in 2009.
- 18 – For viewers aged 18 and above. These programs may contain explicit scenes and mature content. This replaces the previous 18+ ratings that used prior to April 2010. Programs rated may only be broadcast after 11:00 pm. If the channel is broadcasting 24 hours, it can only be shown until 6:00 am.
Ratings are shown at the beginning of the show and after every break (with the exception of news programs), for 10 to 15 seconds. Pornography is prohibited in Thai television. Please note that 18 rating icon, did not shown for the duration of the program, as did in South Africa and South Korea, mandatorily.
TrueVisions only uses U and 18, and programs under both classifications can be shown anytime.
In Turkey, there has been a television ratings system in place since 1960 and also free-to-air content and subscribed television have different rating systems to each other. Free-to-air television is controlled by the Turkish Radio & Television Corporation (TRT) with different rating systems for each analogue channel and one rating system for terrestrial channels while subscribed television have their own rating system that vary for every channel and subscribed television channels are controlled by the owners of their channels.
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One, if needed to, just states if there is anything in the programmes they're about to air that may be inappropriate before the programme comes on. An example of this may be: The following programme may be inappropriate for kids under the age of (whatever fits the programme best) and may contain (the list of inappropriate things in the programme). Thank you for your time.
TV2, TV3, Channel 5 and Channel 6 
G (Green) - (General) - Used in kids programming (TV2 and TV3), cooking shows, infomercial shows and news shows.
PG (PG10 until 2006) (Dark green) - (Parental guidance) - Used for shows that require parental guidance for kids under the age of 10.
R13 (Orange) - (Restricted 13+) - Used for shows for kids 13 and older.
R16 (Red) - (Restricted 16+) - Used for shows for people 16 and over.
M (Black) - (Mature) - Used very rarely for shows for people 18 and over.
4ever uses Turkey's movie rating system.
Digital Television 
G - General
PG - Parental Guidance
R - Restricted
M - Mature
Subscribed Television 
The rating system for subscribed television is very similar to the American/Canadian rating system. The classifications are usually black with white lettering.
G - General
PG - Parental Guidance
16 - For people 16 and older.
18 - For people 18 and older.
21 - For people 21 and older.
Ukrainan TV content rating was adopted on 15 September, in 2003. It somewhat looks like Poland's former ratings. Listed below are designations of Ukraine classification:
- Green Circle: this program does not have age restrictions. To it category related family films, comedies, cartoons, some action and mystical films, drama films, concerts.
- Yellow Triangle: children must view this program with parents. In it program there are fragments, which unsuitable for children. It is: action films, some comedies and dramas, horror films. Programs with this rating usually broadcast in the evening (6 pm–5 am).
- Red Square: this program is only for adult viewers. In it there are scenes with nudity, drug use, or violence. It can be some action films with big violence level and excessive bloodshed, horrors, mystical films. These programs broadcast late at night (11 pm–5 am). But if there is a red square in the lower right corner of the screen, it is not necessarily a dangerous film for children to view.
These designations must be in the lower right corner. Green circle can be shown for only the first three minutes, but other marks must be present over the time of this programs.
United Kingdom 
- For details on the video and DVD classification system in the UK, see British Board of Film Classification.
In the United Kingdom The television regulator, Ofcom, sets clear boundaries for what can be shown and when. The most obvious example of this is in the watershed, the time after which more explicit content (15, 18) can be shown. On main broadcast television channels this is 9pm, however on certain satellite channels it is 8pm. Therefore a system which is mandatory on all networks is not necessary.
However, in addition to the Ofcom requirements, some channels use systems of their own:
- BBC One and ITV have implemented verbal announcements before programs indicating the nature of the content about to be shown, although they show comparatively little explicit material when compared to BBC Two, Channel 4, Channel 5, and the other channels available for no extra charge on Freeview, all of which now make similar warnings. In theory any program may be shown immediately after the 9pm watershed, however, the schedulers tend to employ a 'sliding scale' attitude to the content; it is therefore down to the personal discretion of each scheduler as to what is shown and when. In addition to the watershed rules there is lee-way offered at anytime of the day dependent upon the educational reasons for showing an item; for example the unedited birth of a child or explicit sexual health advice, if required by the programme's context.
- In addition to the above, Channel 4 occasionally has extra announcements before a program resumes from a commercial break, if the content in a certain segment is viewed to be likely to cause offence. (i.e. if the program crosses the watershed or during an educational program such as Embarrassing Bodies or The Sex Education Show scheduled before the watershed). Examples include the usage of the word "cunt" on Big Brother and a standard "don't try this at home" disclaimer before and during Jackass. See also red triangle.
- Channel 5 formerly used a movie rating system, almost entirely based on the BBFC movie classification systems, used for films only:
- Universal rating: The film is appropriate for all ages and may even be suitable for family viewing.
- Guidance rating: Can contain some mild violence, language or brief nudity. Some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
- Caution rating: Can contain strong violence, swearing, sex, explicit material or disturbing scenes. For adults only.
- Sky Movies shows a screen displaying a rating of a film before it is broadcast. The ratings are based on the BBFC ratings and a verbal announcement such as "Sky has rated the following film as 12" is given. Explicit content (15, 18-rated) may be shown before the watershed because the channels are PIN protected on digital satellite and cable.
- The BBC and ITV also warn viewers of potentially offensive content by marking it as a Guidance rated programme. Reasons for the rating being assigned to the programme varies. These warnings are widely used on on-demand platforms.
- It is often noticeable that Channel 4 are more likely to either cut out parts without notifying the audience or notify them of the content before the program is to come on. Such examples that are edited for daytime viewing are repeats of many popular shows such as; Big Brother, Friends, Will and Grace, and Desperate Housewives. One such scene in Desperate Housewives episode "Now You Know" was deemed too racially offensive to air even in the 10pm timeslot, but this scene was also cut on a global scale after its initial airing in the USA caused so many problems. It is now thought that Channel 4 are a lot more sensitive with the controversial shows, since the controversy that was given out on a global scale with the Celebrity Big Brother racism controversy in 2008.
United States 
The Parental Guidelines system for the United States was first proposed on 19 December 1996 by the United States Congress, the television industry and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and went into effect by 1 January 1997 on most major U.S. broadcast and cable networks in response to public concerns of increasingly explicit sexual content, graphic violence and strong profanity in television programs. It was established as a voluntary-participation system, with ratings to be determined by the individually participating broadcast and cable networks.
The guidelines are as follows. Often sub-guidelines will be used to specify the type of content in the program.
- TV-Y: Suitable for all children (particularly those of preschool or kindergarten age, as this rating is commonly seen in early childhood shows).
- TV-Y7: Suitable for children over seven years old. May contain cartoonish slapstick violence, humor considered too ribald or morbid for younger viewers, mild innuendo, and/or themes and stories that would be considered too controversial, scary or incomprehensible for younger audiences.
- TV-G: Suitable for all audiences; contains no adult themes, sexual innuendo, violence, or foul language. Some children's programs that have content that teens or adults will enjoy will be used as a G rating instead of a Y rating. Also used for shows with inoffensive content (such as cooking shows, religious programming, nature documentaries, shows about pets and animals, and reruns of classic television shows, particularly sitcoms and game shows)
- TV-PG: Parental guidance suggested; may contain infrequent and/or mild language and/or sexual references, mild to moderate violence, and/or suggestive themes, dialogue
- TV-14: Parents strongly cautioned; may be inappropriate for children younger than 14 years of age. Contains moderate to realistic violence (including some blood-letting),
- TV-MA: Mature Audience; designed for adults, unsuitable for audience under 17, may contain crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity, and/or graphic violence.
The sub-ratings commonly seen with the main ratings are as follows:
- FV: Fantasy violence (only used with the TV-Y7 rating for action-oriented children's shows)
- D: Suggestive dialogue
- L: Crude Language
- V: Violence
- S: Sexual Activity
Television content in Venezuela is regulated by the Law on Social Responsibility on Radio and Television (Ley de Responsabilidad Social en Radio y Televisión), introduced in January 2003. The law established a rating system from A to E based on evaluation of language, health, sex, and violence in a program. Content rated A contains mild content. Programs with certain ratings may only air at certain times; cable providers must block programs with a rating of E for sexual content, or be fined.
Countries that do not have television ratings 
- People's Republic of China
- Saudi Arabia
- Papua New Guinea
- Timor Leste
- North Korea
See also 
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007). ABC Code of Practice: March 2007.
- Special Broadcasting Service. SBS Codes of Practice.
- Special Broadcasting Service. SBS Codes of Practice. (Section 4.5: Classification Categories.)
- Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (2007). Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2007.
- For further details about Brazilian system:TV Rating System: building citizenship on the small screen. Brasília: ANDI, Secretaria Nacional de Justiça, 2006.
- "Canadian television networks begin rating system". LifeSiteNews.com. 29 September 1997. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- "CAB-Broadcaster Manual for Classification and Icon Use". Cab-acr.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- For further details, refer to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code of Ethics and Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television Programming
- Comisión Nacional de Televisión, Artículo 2o. Aviso Sobre el Contenido de los Programas – Acuerdo 17 de 1997, 3 April 1997
- Comisión Nacional de Televisión, Artículo 2o. Contenido del Mensaje – Acuerdo 4 de 1997, 13 February 1997
- Comisión Nacional de Televisión, Artículo 4o. Horario de Emisón cel Artículo Institucional – Acuerdo 4 de 1997, 13 February 1997
- Germán Yances Peña, Comisión Nacional de Televisión, Concepto 54A de 2004 – Concepto respecto de los contenidos que constituyen programación infantil, 8 July 2004
- Comisión Nacional de Televisión, Artículo 15. Pornografía – Acuerdo 17 de 1997, 3 April 1997
- Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel , Règles d'usage de la signalétique jeunesse
- Until November 2012, the pictogram Déconseillé aux moins de 10 ans used to disappear after a few minutes. Decision from the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel. (French)
- "Classfication ng TV ratings, nirepaso ng MTRCB" (in Tagalog). DZMM. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- Cruz, Marinel (6 October 2011). "MTRCB revises rating system for TV shows". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- Matabuena, Julien Merced (6 October 2011). "Revised TV classifications launched by MTRCB". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
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- "MTRCB TV Rating Classification: Rated SPG". YouTube. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- "Bagong rating na 'Strong Parental Guidance,' ilulunsad ng MTRCB" (in Tagalog). DZMM. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- Slovenian media law[dead link]
- "May 2009 Classification Guidelines" (PDF) (Press release). Film and Publication Board. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
- Venezuela’s Law of Social Responsibility in Radio and Television