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Licensing authority / Register: Office for Communications (OFCOM)

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Initial OFCOM
Name Office for Communications (OFCOM)
Country United Kingdom

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. 

Note on the number of channels listed below under Ofcom:

Ofcom has an online database of television services that it licenses. See here for cable and satellite services:

See here for Digital Terrestrial Television Services:

The list of channels below will include the various language versions of these services available throughout Europe. In addition, there is a difference with regard to the counting of time-shifted versions of channels. MAVISE includes all time shifted versions as separate channels (as in an EPG etc.). However the Ofcom will issue only one licence for a channel and its time shifted version where the content is exactly the same.

Therefore the total number of channels listed here under the jurisdiction of the Ofcom may be greater than the number of television services licensed, as listed by the Ofcom.

It can also be the case that Ofcom lists include licensed services which are not yet broadcasting. Hence they will not appear in MAVISE until they are actually broadcasting.

Update: In October 2010, Ofcom published a guidance on services broadcast into multiple territories:

The guidance concerns whether different feeds of channels into separate territories need separate licenses. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis, looking at content, scheduling, advertising etc. It is the responsibility of the broadcaster to clarify the types of services, so that Ofcom can determine how many separate licences are required. 


List of channels under the jurisdiction of the licensing / registering Authority
List of on-demand audiovisual services under the jurisdiction of the licensing / registering Authority