Regulated EPGs

16 June 2022

The changes to the law that applies to broadcasting after Brexit – the Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – are now in force.

These changes include that any TV service that appears on a ‘Regulated EPG’ needs to be licensed and regulated in the UK.

The exceptions to this are TV channels from countries party to the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (ECTT), as well as the following Irish channels: TG4, RTÉ1 and RTÉ2.

What is a Regulated EPG?

Broadly speaking, an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) is a service that consists of the listing or promotion of programmes or programme services and provides access to them. The full definition is in section 310(8) of the Communications Act 2003.

Any EPG being provided by a provider that held a Television Licensable Content Service (TLCS) or Digital Television Additional Service (DTAS) licence for it immediately before the end of the transition period has now become a ‘Regulated EPG’.

List of Regulated EPGs

Below we have listed the services that are Regulated EPGs.

Licence numberLicensee nameService name
DTAS000044Digital UK LimitedEPG (Various)
TLCS101213Digital UK LimitedEnhanced IP metadata for the DTT broadcast EPG
TLCS001298Freesat (UK) LimitedFreesat
TLCS100216Freesat (UK) LimitedFreeview HD/Freetime
TLCS000243Sky UK LimitedEPG Slate
TLCS000919Virgin Media LimitedVirgin Media EPG
TLCS001758YouView TV LimitedYouView Electronic Programme Guide