What is an electronic program guide (EPG)?

This is archived content from Digital TV Facts. For up-to-date information on the digital TV transition, see the federal government’s site, www.DTV2009.gov.

An electronic program guide (EPG) is an on-screen listing of television programs, similar to the TV listings in your local newspaper.

Digital television technology allows local broadcasters to transmit program-guide information to your digital TV (or set-top converter box) along with regular programming content. Digital TV brings electronic program guides—already familiar to many satellite and cable viewers—to households that rely on over-the-air broadcasts.

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