Sep 162019

BBC to switch off Red Button text service in 2020
The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year.

The decision spells the end of reading headlines, football scores, weather, travel news and more on TV sets, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button text launched in 1999, taking over as Ceefax was phased out.

TVs will still be able to access other red button services, like picking a stage to watch at Glastonbury or a court to watch at Wimbledon.

“From early 2020, viewers will no longer be able to access text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content by pressing red,” a BBC spokesperson said.

“It’s always a difficult decision to reduce services, and we don’t take decisions like this lightly, but we have taken it because we have to balance the resources needed to maintain and develop this service with the need to update our systems to give people even better internet-based services.

“Viewers can still access this information on the BBC website, BBC News and Sport mobile apps – as well as 24-hour news on the BBC News Channel.”

However, it’s not a complete end to use of the red button as connected TVs will still be able to access other red button services.

There will still be the option to pick different streams to watch, such as choosing a stage at Glastonbury to see or which tennis court to view at Wimbledon.

With the red button gone, the BBC are encouraging users to head to the individual websites for their specific content.

The decision spells the end of text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content on the box, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button was first available in September 1999 under the name of BBC Text but was relaunched in November 2001 as BBCi.

It faced another change of name in late 2008 to BBC Red Button and update again to BBC Red Button+ in 2015.

The BBC Red Button Twitter account is now closed and has not been tweeting since March this year.

Jun 282017

BBC Activates more Red Buttons streams ready for Wimbledon

Following three days of extra Glastonbury coverage, the BBC will be reactivating its extra Red Button streams between 3rd and 16th July 2017 for extra coverage.

Where as for Glastonbury there were only three red button feeds available on satellite, an extra three streams will be brought on-air.

During Wimbledon, the extra streams will be available as follows:
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May 262017

BBC Red Button Services start for the summer

The BBC are once again to offer viewers extra coverage of the summer’s sporting and music events.

Test transmissions for extra Red Button video streams have now commenced on satellite.
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May 052016

More BBC Red Button streams have appeared on the UK TV satellite today.

These streams will be used over the summer to provide further coverage of the various sports and events,such as the Olympics, Euro 2016, Wimbledon and Glastonbury.

These new streams also include a HD stream.

The streams are located on Astra 2F, on the UK beam, and so will only be available should you have a large enough satellite dish that can current receive BBC channels.

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Jun 182015

The BBC has confirmed details of the additional Red Button service it will offer this summer

These extra services will allow access to extra coverage from Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

There will be three Red Button options during Glastonbury and six Red Button options for Wimbledon.

There will also be a HD Red Button service on satellite during Wimbledon.

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May 262015

Multiple BBC Red Button streams will be available again this summer.

Normally the BBC only have one Red Button stream on satellite. This single Red Button is only available in SD.

But they expand the service during the summer months to cover the various summer events.

These extra streams are used for extra match coverage during Wimbledon and extra stages at Glastonbury.

The streams are in test mode at the moment, but will soon be added to the Sky and Freesat channel guide.

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Oct 192014

Radio 2 in Concert – Status Quo
Get your double denim out of the wardrobe as Status Quo mark their 50th anniversary with a special concert for Radio 2.
Wed 22 Oct, 7.55pm-6am
Thu 23 Oct, 6am-2pm, 3.30pm-6am
Fri 24 Oct, 6am-7pm, 10pm-6am

Radio 1 Teen Awards
BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards returns this October to honour the nation’s inspirational teenagers with performances from Ariana Grande, Rixton, The Vamps and Ella Henderson.
Sun 19 Oct, 1.50am-5.15pm

Sounds of the 80s
Martin and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet join Sara Cox to revisit their years at the top of the pop charts.
Sat 18 Oct, 10.30pm-1.15am
Sun 19 Oct, 9am-10.20am, 11.40am-1.50pm, 9pm-6am
Mon 20 Oct, 6am-7.25pm
Tue 21 Oct, 12am-7:00pm

Doctor Who Extra
See the universe from another dimension as Clara ‘becomes’ the Doctor – and find out what Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman thought about that. Plus showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Jamie Mathieson reveal the origins of this week’s episode.
Fri 17 Oct, 2pm-6pm
Sat 18 Oct, 6am-2.30pm, 9.05pm-10.30pm
Sun 19 Oct, 5.15pm-7.55pm
Mon 20 Oct, 7.25pm-12am
Tue 21 Oct, 10.30pm-6am
Wed 22 Oct, 6am-7.55pm

6Music Live
Your last chance to catch James perform their exclusive set for 6Music at BBC Maida Vale.
Fri 17 Oct, 6am-2pm, 6pm-12am
Sat 18 Oct, 6pm-9.05pm

BBC Music: God Only Knows
See how many stars you can spot in this year’s video for BBC Children in Need, a reworking of a Beach Boys classic.
Sat 18 Oct, 12am-6am

Antiques Roadshow Play-along Quiz
See if you can match the valuations from the experts for two paintings of the Titanic, an intricate bamboo pot and a highly valuable piece of Star Wars memorabilia.
Sun 19 Oct, 7.55pm-9pm

Sport Highlights
Watch coverage of the men’s and women’s categories at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix, plus Final Score returns to our screens.

BBC Red Button:
Available on Freesat and Sky satellite receivers in Spain.
BBC Red Button Streams in Spain :

Jun 192014

The BBC Red Button Sports Streams have appeared on Freesat and Sky channel lists.

There is also a single HD Red Button service.

The BBC are providing some temporary streams to cover the sports and events over the summer, including Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games, Glastonbury Formula One and the Football World Cup.

BBC RB 0 – 980 – Only during Commonwealth Games and then only 1900-0530.

BBC RB 1 – 981

BBC RB 2 – 982

BBC RB 3 – 983

BBC RB 4 – 984

BBC RB 5 – 985

BBC RB HD – 986 – Sky+HD and Freesat HD only

May 312014

The BBC has started up some additional “red button” streams.

These additional “red button” streams will be used for the next few months, over the summer, to help provide more coverage of the sports and events over the summer, from the World Cup, to Wimbledon, Glastonbury, and the Commonwealth Games.

Sky and Freesat receiver will be able to access these streams directly one they are fully operational.

Users of other satellite receiver will have to manually scan.

BBC Red Button Streams – frequencies
11464 H 22000 5/6
Tagged as 22101-22105

These streams are on the UK beam of the satellites, so will only be available if you are receive other BBC channels.

May 232014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – BBC Coverage

The BBC has unveiled more details about its coverage of the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow this summer, between the 23rd July and 3rd August 2014.

The BBC will provide over 300 hours of network TV coverage and 200 hours of radio coverage.

And like during the 2012 London Olympics, much more live action will be made available to Freesat and Sky users via the BBC Red Button. The BBC Red Button will be expanded to provide seven streams of live coverage on satellite and cable services, including one HD stream.

The BBC will also offer up to 17 digital streams using the BBC Connected Red Button service.

BBC Three’s broadcast hours will be extended to provide coverage throughout the day, starting at 9am.

BBC One’s coverage will start at 6am with Breakfast live from their studio on the banks of the Clyde, and run until just after 11:40pm.

2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow


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Jul 042013

Day 11 Friday 5 July

Centre Court 1.00pm

Gentlemen’s Singles – Semi-finals
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8]

Gentlemen’s Singles – Semi-finals
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2]

The BBC will be broadcasting the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals in 3D.

Jul 032013

Day 10 Thursday 4 July

Centre Court

1.00pm Ladies’ Singles – Semi-finals
Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20]

Ladies’ Singles – Semi-finals
Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]

The BBC will be broadcasting the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals in 3D.

Jul 032013

BBC Sport have confirmed that the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals will be available to watch in 3D.

The BBC TV 3D broadcasts are part of the corporation’s two year trial of 3D TV.

The ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals will be available to watch in 3D for those who have access to a 3D TV and the BBC’s HD Red Button service.

So Freesat HD users will be able to watch these finals in 3D.

However, Sky HD users will not, as the BBC HD Red Button services is NOT available on the SkyHD boxes.

Previous 3D broadcasts have been carried on the BBC HD channel, but with the channel being replaced by an HD simulcast of BBC Two, coverage will instead be seen via the Red Button.

Now that the BBC HD channel – the previous home of BBC 3D – has closed, viewers will be able to go 3D with a compatible 3D TV on the BBC Red Button HD channel, available on Freeview, YouView, Freesat, Virgin Media but not Sky.

Live TV Coverage of Wimbledon 2013 BBC will be covering Wimbledon on BBC1, BBC1HD, BBC2, BBC2HD, BBC Red Button, Radio Five Live.

BBC Red Button Frequencies

TV coverage in Spain will be by Canal+

Jul 022013

Day 9 Wednesday 3 July

Centre Court 1.00pm

Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarter-finals  David Ferrer  (ESP) [4] v Juan Martin Del Potro  (ARG) [8]   Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarter-finals  Fernando Verdasco  (ESP) v Andy Murray  (GBR) [2]

No.1 Court 1.00pm

Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarter-finals  Novak Djokovic  (SRB) [1] v Tomas Berdych  (CZE) [7]

Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarter-finals  Lukasz Kubot  (POL) v Jerzy Janowicz  (POL) [24]

Live TV Coverage of Wimbledon 2013 BBC will be covering Wimbledon on BBC1, BBC1HD, BBC2, BBC2HD, BBC Red Button, Radio Five Live.

BBC Red Button Frequencies

TV coverage in Spain will be by Canal+

Jun 292013

Day 6 Saturday 29 June

Centre Court 1.00pm

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [9] v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Ladies’ Singles – Third round
Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] v Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14]

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [28]

No.1 Court 1.00pm

Ladies’ Singles – Third round
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [25] vs Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] To Finish 3-6 6-2 2-1

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [27] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
David Ferrer (ESP) [4] v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [26]

Ladies’ Singles – Third round
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)

No.2 Court 11.30am

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [20]

Ladies’ Singles – Third round
Laura Robson (GBR) v Marina Erakovic (NZL)

Gentlemen’s Singles – Third round
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v Tommy Haas (GER) [13]

Live TV Coverage of Wimbledon 2013 BBC will be covering Wimbledon on BBC1, BBC1HD, BBC2, BBC2HD, BBC Red Button, Radio Five Live.

BBC Red Button Frequencies

TV coverage in Spain will be by Canal+