COBA warns of threat to kids content as Ofcom mulls EPG change

UK multichannel broadcasters’ association COBA has issued a warning that changes to regulations governing the prominence of channels on electronic programme guides could threaten its members’ willingness to invest in kids programming. COBA said that multichannel broadcasters invested an average of £15.6 million (€17.8 million) per year over the last three years in new UK […]

Consultation launched over BBC3’s vacated EPG slot

Digital UK, the organisation that manages the Freeview EPG, has launched a consultation about what should happen to BBC Three’s channel slot after it goes online only. BBC Three currently occupies channel seven on the electronic programme guide of the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Digital UK said the consultation will seek to ensure that “any […]

UK’s Freeview expands guide to make capacity for new channels

UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview is to expand its TV guide, moving kids and new services to new channel numbers of September 3 to create capacity for up to 99 general entertainment channels.  Channels 70-76 in the Children’s genre will move to 120-126, and News channels 80-85 will move to 130-135 on the Freeview TV guide. […]

Sky updates EPG with new recommendation engine

UK satellite TV provider Sky is rolling out a number of new features for its Sky+ electronic programming guide (EPG), including a new recommendations engine and a ‘Smart Series Link’ record function. The recommendations engine will suggest both linear TV and on-demand TV shows to Sky customers based on recent recordings and downloads in their […]

Freesat to bring Freetime to smart TVs next year with OPAL

UK free-to-air satellite operator Freesat has launched an initiative to bring its Freetime connected TV platform to smart TVs, enabling viewers to access catch-up TV and other non-DVR Freetime features such as the backwards EPG without the need for a set-top box. Freesat is already integrated with some Panasonic and Samsung TV, but without Freetime’s […]

Volia updates EPG

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new EPG for its new Smart HD interactive TV platform. Volia said the guide will offer information that is updated to reflect schedule changes, more detail such as cast information and story summaries, and parental controls. At the same time the firm said that from the beginning of […]