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YouView UI consultation

September 26, 2011

YouView has published its draft User Interface and Search Policy for consultation with industry, setting out how content will be presented to viewers in a way that makes it easy for them to discover.   The policy also details YouView’s approach to allocating EPG positions to video on demand content providers in the YouView User Interface.

It says The User Interface and Search Policy aims to ensure that positions in the YouView User Interface and search results are awarded on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis. The policy has been developed with reference to the principles set out in the Ofcom Code of Practice on Electronic Programme Guides.

Designating the ‘logical channel numbers’ (LCNs), will rest with Digital Multiplex Operators Limited, owned by the operators of the six digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplexes. BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva are members of both DMOL and the YouView consortium. DMOL numbering allocates the PSBs the first public positions in the guide, followed by many of their digital spin-off services.

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