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MTRCB Chief Wants To Start Regulating Movies On The Internet

Newly appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chairwoman Rachel Arenas is looking into regulating movies not shown on in cinemas but are currently accessible on the internet.

According to a report on the Philippine Star, Arenas, who was appointed at the beginning of the month wants the MTRCB to regulate the internet app that enables anybody to access movies online.

While not specifically mentioned, the app could be one of the many online streaming services currently available in the country which includes iFlix, Hooq, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The report also mentioned that the MTRCB would like to encourage people to go to movie houses, saying that a majority of Filipinos no longer watch movies in cinemas, preferring instead to watch films in their homes on their TVs, PCs or even phones. She adds that movies that haven’t hit cinemas could be easily accessed with one click with either Netflix or Facebook.

It’s a little difficult to discern what kind of content MTRCB Chief Arenas wants to regulate. While streaming services operating in the Philippines are well within their purview, the type of films that she says that hasn’t hit cinemas yet are accessible via the internet are usually pirated movies, which are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to regulate.

If it’s regulating movies and content on streaming services like the ones we mentioned above to force more people to go into cinemas, then that reeks of government over-reach. Not to mention that outside of streaming-service specific content that aren’t intended to be shown on cinemas anyway, streaming services do not have the same movies that are currently playing on cinemas.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

15 Comments

  1. What does the new MTRCB head have in mind? There are hundreds (if not thousands) of sites that one can access to watch movies (and download) and many of them are less known. Many are legit and others are pirated copies. She can go after the sites that offer pirated copies and good luck sa kanya.

    One more thing. Is she forcing people to watch movies on cinemas instead of waiting to be available online so you can buy them and watch later with your family? One can buy movies online (for example, Google Play).

    Hay naku. Suntok sa buwan ito. Gusto lang makagawa ng ingay….

  2. May bagong kaabnormalan na naman tong mga lokong to. Lahat nalang sa internet onti onti ng pinagbabawala eh. Sa susunod baka pag gamit ng internet bawal na din. WTF

  3. Pati ba naman ito papakialaman niyo? Binabayaran rin namin yan mga ulol! Kung sawa na kayong gamitin yang mga utak niyo, ibenta niyo na lang. TANG INA NIYO MGA ABNORMAL!

  4. After Mochantot Uson, there’s another ignorant woman in MTRCB. If she is subscribed to any of these streaming services then she would be aware that the movies available for streaming have already been shown in cinemas or not made for cinemas.

  5. After Mochantot Uson, there’s another ignorant woman in MTRCB. If she is subscribed to any of these streaming services then she would be aware that the movies available for streaming have already been shown in cinemas or not made to be released in cinemas. Ugh.

  6. Yung mga variety shows nga hindi nila inaayos ang pag monitor. Mga nagpapasexy na bata sa You’re Face Sounds Familiar, mga innuendo at harap-harapang kalaswaan nina Joey at Senator Sotto sa Eat Bulaga at kung ano pa, hindi nila napapatawan ng tamang aksyon, internet piracy pa ang gusto nila?

  7. Anong i-reregulate nila eh ang trabaho lang naman nila ay mag “review at classify” ng mga palabas sa naaayong kategorya. Humahanap nanaman ng pagkakakitaan itong mga taong ito at ang taong bayan nanaman ang sasalo sa pag-tataas ng presyo ng mga serbisyo. Baka hindi alam ni Arenas na meron ng mga rating na nakalagay sa bawat palabas sa mga streaming service na ito.

  8. Ito talaga ang resulta kapag ang nilalagay sa posisyon (MTRCB) ay utak politiko, wala bang mas credible at qualified na taga industriya ng sining? Ay heyt drags.

  9. paano kung legit subscription nman like netflix or amazon video. Anong kailangan i-regulate? Ni wala ngang pinoy movies dun eh. Pakialam ba nila kung mas trip n ng tao manood online, lalo na sa mga legit sites dba?

    Cguro takot lng tong mga to na dumating ung panahon na puro online streaming na ang mga palabas at mawa2lan sila ng trabaho kaya nila ga2win to.

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