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BBC suspends red button switch off 

The BBC has responded to protests by suspending the shut down of its interactive red button service, just one day ahead of its planned phase out. MP Damian Collins, who had campaigned against the shutdown, tweeted a letter from BBC director general Tony Hall which confirmed that concern expressed by the National Federation of the […]

NFBUK calls on BBC to cancel red button shutdown

The BBC and Downing Street have been presented by a petition signed by more than 100 organisations calling on the pubcaster to save the red button.  BBC Red Button, which launched in 1999, serves as the modern equivalent to Ceefax, which shut down in 2012, and allowed users to read news and sports content through […]

ProSiebenSat.1 revamps red button offering via HbbTV

ProSiebenSat.1 has rolled out a new red button offering for smart TVs in Germany, based on the HbbTV standard. The new red button portal offers full TV episodes and content, with the media library organised by topic into playlists. Smart TV users can access entertainment from the ProSieben, Sat.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx, ProSieben Maxx, Sat.1 […]

Freesat to offer BBC Red Button Olympics coverage

UK TV platform Freesat will offer eight channels of live coverage of the Rio Olympics via the BBC Red Button service.  The free satellite TV service will provide access to the HD and SD Red Button coverage via the Freesat EPG. Freesat will also provide access to BBC Red Button+, an interactive service that provides […]

BBC exploring ‘phased exit’ from Red Button

The BBC is exploring a “phased exit” from its Red Button service and make additional cuts to live sports, news and BBC Online to make up a shortfall of licence fee income ahead of plans to extend the fee to the BBC iPlayer service. The BBC said it could focus its interactive TV offer on connected […]

BBC plots Red Button evolution with Red Button+

The BBC has announced “the next step” in the evolution of its Red Button service with the launch next month of Red Button+. Red Button+ will replace the existing Connected Red Button service and will become “the primary experience when you press red on a wide range of internet-connected TVs,” according to the BBC. The […]

BT Sport launches red button service

BT Sport has launched a new red button service. The BT Sport Extra service, launched in the UK and Ireland at the weekend, will be on air at certain times to provide additional content alongside that available via BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. The service will be available via BT TV, except […]

BBC to air Wimbledon finals in 3D, hails Glastonbury digital record

The BBC has confirmed that it will broadcast the final stages of this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament in 3D. Separately, the BBC has highlighted a record digital audience for its online and Red Button coverage of the Glastonbury festival. The UK public broadcaster will air the Wimbledon women’s and men’s semi finals and finals in […]

BBC to make web upgrades, merge Online and Red Button

The BBC Trust has recommended that the BBC make a number of improvements to its website and has also called on the corporation to merge its online and Red Button operations.  In a review of BBC Online and BBC Red Button, published today, the BBC’s governing body said that the BBC should look to improve […]