Accessibility (TV, radio and on demand)

TV-accessibility

Code on television access services

Published: 12 July 2023

Last updated: 15 July 2024

TV access services are additional facilities supplied by broadcasters that are designed to allow hearing and visually impaired consumers to gain access to TV content. The three access services are subtitling, audio description and signing

Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) Accessibility Report 2024

Published: 20 May 2024

‘EPG’ stands for Electronic Programme Guide, sometimes referred to as a ‘TV guide’. It's an onscreen menu that tells users what TV programmes are available on their television and allows them to navigate to different channels and programmes.

Television and on-demand programme services: Access services report – January to December 2023

Published: 17 May 2024

The extent to which broadcast television channels and on-demand programme services (ODPS) carried access services in 2023.

Ensuring the quality of TV and on-demand access services

Published: 15 April 2024

Ofcom is today announcing changes to our Access Services Code and associated best practice guidelines, to improve the accessibility of TV and on-demand programmes for audiences.

Usability and accessibility research

Published: 20 May 2024

Last updated: 23 October 2023

This section covers research into usability of devices and services, and accessibility, particularly in relation to older people and those with disabilities.

Television access services report - first six months of 2023

Published: 23 October 2023

Last updated: 23 October 2023

The extent to which broadcast television channels and on-demand programme services (ODPS) carried access services in 2023.

Television and on-demand programme services: Access services report for the first six months of 2022

Published: 20 October 2022

Last updated: 20 October 2023

The extent to which broadcast television channels and on-demand programme services (ODPS) carried access services in 2022.

Making sure TV and on-demand services remain accessible to all

Published: 13 July 2023

Last updated: 13 July 2023

Ofcom is today consulting on proposed changes to our Access Services Code and associated best practice guidelines.

Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) Accessibility Report 2023

Published: 13 July 2023

Last updated: 13 July 2023

An annual report on improvements for people with visual impairments.

Statement: Ensuring the quality of TV and on-demand access services

Published: 13 July 2023

We are proposing some changes to our TV access services code and our best practice guidelines.

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