EPG Prominence: A report on the discoverability of PSB and local TV services
The Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA) added a duty to the Communications Act 2003 for Ofcom to, from time to time, prepare and publish a report dealing with the provision by electronic programmes guides of information about and access to public service channels and video on demand content provided by these broadcasters.
This report is the first one in fulfilling our new duty under the DEA and provides an assessment of the availability and discoverability of PSB and local TV content. It considers the range of TV platforms and devices that are available, how people watch TV, and how PSB content is discovered – including through channels, video on-demand players (such as BBC iPlayer or All 4) and through individual pieces of content available on-demand, for instance through recommendations or ‘top picks’.
Alongside this report, we have launched a consultation on proposed revisions to the EPG Code and options for the future regulation of prominence for video on demand services.