What’s on the telly? Proposed improvements to EPG accessibility for people with visual impairments

Start: 22 July 2015 Status: Closed End: 30 October 2015

About this document

People with visual impairments watch about as much TV as other people, but face particular difficulties in using on-screen TV programme guides (otherwise known as electronic programme guides or EPGs) to plan their viewing.

As a result, the choice of viewing for people with visual impairments can be unnecessarily restricted, and they may miss out on the opportunities to see the programmes most people take for granted.

This document explains Ofcom's proposals to amend the Code of Practice for EPGs to enable people with visual impairments to make better use of them. Ofcom is seeking feedback from interested parties, which Ofcom will take into account before deciding whether to proceed.

As with most other published Ofcom documents, this consultation is available on Ofcom's website in a version (Portable Document Format) which is compatible with most screen-readers. Because the issues discussed in this document are likely to be of particular interest to people who are blind or visually impaired, we have prepared an audio version of the summary of this document. A link to this can be found at http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/audio/EPG-accessibility.mp3.

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