- Analogue Broadcast (BBC1,2,ITV,C4 and Channel 5) - being phased out by 2012, earlier in some areas.
- Freeview (DVB-T) - SD content, trialling HD in areas.
- Sky Satellite (DVB-S/S2) - Provides SD and HD content.
- Virgin Media Cable (DVB-C) - merged NTL/Telewest, SD content, HD content provided via "on-demand" services
EIT (EPG) data is available in various forms in the UK. For DVB-T/Freeview services 7 days of data are provided. For Virgin Media, EPG is provided per channel for 3-4 days, and further 7 day listings are available on a channel marked only as "Home EPG", possibly for Virgin's own DVR solution "V+". Sky only broadcasts Now/Next information with advanced listings available via the OpenTV system.
The UK Freeview/DVB-T broadcast platform consists of 6 multiplexes.
The platform is compliant to the DVB-T standard, and uses a UK specific profile of MHEG-5 to provide Interactive Services. MythTV supports both standards and can be received using a standard DVB-T capture card.
A full channel list can be found on the Digital TV Group's website
Virgin Media broadcasts standard DVB-C over their network. Most of the channels are encrypted with Nagravision and could be decoded with a standard CI and Nagravision CAM. Unfortunatly, Virgin Media lock their Nagra cards to only work with the built-in CAMs in their STBs. Theres no way to (legally) access encrypted channels from the Virgin Media network using this method, Capturing these channels via the STB with a analog card (PVR150 and it's ilk) is legal.
Virgin Media do broadcast a number of channels which are unencrypted, via DVB-C and in some areas analogue, all the BBC channels (1,2,3,4), ITV and Channel 4. Using MythTV with these channels is legal, however VM terms and conditions do not allow any equipment other than that they supply to be connected to their cable network so by doing this you will be breaking their terms and conditions.
Sky Digital encrypts most broadcasts with VideoGuard, which is developed by NDS Ltd, a company also owned by News Corp. NDS have not allowed any licensed CAM modules for VideoGuard, but unofficial cards have been able to emulate the workings of NDS.
Due to the questionable nature of CAMs available for NDS, capturing encrypted channels using this method would be questionable at best. The only legal way to capture encrypted Sky broadcasts is via a STB and valid subscription.
Channels available OTA in the UK are available via Astra unencrypted, with a few notable exceptions; Channel 4 and Channel 5 have been encrypted due to agreements with Sky.
|tp 41||ITV 2+1||ITV 1|
|tp 44||ITV 1||ITV 2||CITV||ITV 4||Men & Motors|
|tp 45||BBC One||BBC Two||BBC News24||BBC Four||CBBC||CBeebies||BBC Three|
|tp 47||BBC One||BBC Two||BBC Radio|
|tp 50||BBC One||BBC HD|
|tp 54||Channel TV||STV||ITV 3|
|tp 14||Zee Music UK|
|tp 26||Sky News UK||Sky News Ireland|
For remote controlling a Sky or Sky+ box - the first two are a wired solution so do not have the usual unreliably/fiddly setup issues associated using infrared to control the STB:
- D-I-Y Sky rflink lirc mini howto
- prebuilt USB Sky rflink hardware / software
- prebuilt infrared option
There is also a script to update the sky frequency numbers after the recent (28th Jan 2006) change.
Virgin Media STB
This page for the cable box control: 
Configuration for Virgin Media box control can be found in the LIRC remotes archive, The DI4000N config file will work for Samsung boxes, the older black Pace boxes have a seperate configuration.