TECHNOLOGY: BBC launches Connected Red Button service

December 4, 2012

The BBC has launched Connected Red Button, reinventing the corporation’s popular red button service for the future by effortlessly bringing TV, radio and online content together in the simplest possible way.

The new service is available now in around 1.2 million homes with Virgin Media’s TiVo boxes, and will be rolled out to other internet-connected TVs over the coming months.

The move comes shortly after the BBC scaled back its Red Button video streams on Freesat, Sky and Virgin from five to just one, with the aim of replacing these linear channels with internet streams that can be accessed via web-connected TVs.

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BROADCASTING: BBC scales back Red Button service

October 3, 2012

The BBC will cut the number of video streams it offers through its interactive Red Button TV service later this month, as it shifts the focus of the service to emerging online platforms.

From October 15, the BBC will reduce the number of red button video streams from five to just one to more than 20 million homes with Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media, bringing the service in line with its existing Freeview offering.

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