ACMA media release 62/2011 – 8 July
All free to air broadcasting networks are reliably providing electronic
program guides (EPGs) that meet the benchmark set by the Australian
Communications and Media Authority's EPG
principles, monitoring by the ACMA has shown.
EPGs are a value-adding feature made possible by the transition to digital
broadcasting and are potentially an important factor in promoting the take-up
of digital television in Australia.
Chris Chapman, the ACMA Chairman, commended the free to air television
industry for its commitment to an improved EPG rating.
'Results of monitoring over the past six months have shown the industry is
serious about providing high-quality EPG information,' Mr Chapman said.
Mr Chapman says that EPGs provide value to viewers as a convenient guide to
program scheduled information over the next seven days.
'Accurate timing and classification information for shows currently on the
air is also critical for other features, such as parental lock, to work
The ACMA ceased its formal reporting on EPG performance in March this year
but has continued to conduct random 'spot checks' of EPGs. Recent monitoring
has shown that all commercial and national broadcasters have now implemented
stable system for EPG delivery.
Mr Chapman said it was encouraging to see the broadcasters' willingness to
respond to issues of public concern.
'The development and implementation of EPG principles shows how cooperation
between the ACMA and the industry toward an agreed goal can lead to improved
television services without the need for regulatory intervention,' said Mr
On 2 June 2009, following consultation with industry, the ACMA published its
EPG principles to provide broadcasters with a performance benchmark for the
supply of EPG services. From that time until March 2011, the ACMA monitored
performance against the EPG principles and reported publicly on the results.
Copies of past reports
are available on the ACMA website.
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