From October 15 it will reduce the number of video streams on red button from five to one. This will bring it in line with the Freeview offering.
The interactive service is high cost and the streamlining is part of the Delivering Quality First drive for savings. Continue reading BBC to cut red button streams this month
Article taken from BBC Internet Blog.
2008 saw the launch of a brand new digital TV platform, with the BBC instrumental in delivering both channels and interactive content on to Freesat.
The BBC Red Button offering on the new platform was not quite the same as that on our existing platforms such as Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview and this has generated some comments since then. In particular, Freesat viewers have been keen to enjoy the same video content that was made available on other platforms. I want to update these Freesat viewers on some exciting developments. Continue reading BBC Red Button Video Service On Freesat
Following the announcement that The Bill would be in stunning high-definition on the ITV HD service, ITV seem to have failed in the first week with this evenings episode not flagging the red button prompt required to access the HD feed.
Yesterdays episode (the first part of two) was available with an improved picture over what many have been use to from this long running drama, but alas, the success was short lived.
At least if ITV HD was run as a separate channel like C4 HD (not yet available on Freesat) fans could have enjoyed an up-scaled version rather than just standard-definition.
ITV blame a technical error;
Unfortunately, last night’s episode of ‘The Bill’ did not broadcast in HD as advertised due to a technical problem at ITV. ITV are looking into the matter and apologise for any disappointment caused.
Freesat themselves must be bitterly disappointed following additional promotion carried out in the last few weeks.
BBC have today added the Interactive service on their high definition channel (BBC HD channel 108).
Accessed via the red button, this service should allow for more features such as multi-screen of major HD events, plus text, information and much more.
As soon as we have confirmed uses for this service, we’ll let you know. Maybe Wimbledon multi-screen court action in HD?
Thanks to AndrewM for the link to this interesting article, discussing in detail how the red button service on Freesat was developed, and also briefly mentioning the upcoming launch of “Freesat Radio, due to launch in the coming weeks, to give our digital radio stations a pretty face.”