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.

Mar 162018

BBC announces 200+ hours of Commonwealth Games coverage

The BBC has revealed details of its 2018 Commonwealth Games coverage, taking place in April, live from Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Games start on Wednesday 4th April and runs until Sunday 15th April (Australian time).

Commonwealth Games 2018

BBC Sport stalwarts Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammad from BBC Sport HQ in Salford with Hazel Irvine and JJ Chalmers live in Queensland. Steve Parry and Allison Curbishley will be leading BBC Radio 5 Live coverage.

In total, there will be 200 hours of coverage across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, iPlayer and radio.

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Jul 192017

BBC wins rights to US PGA Championship

Reports in the Guardian suggest the BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week.

The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel.
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Jul 042017

The BBC has extended its right to broadcast tennis from Eastbourne until 2024, in an extension to the existing deal.

This will enable the BBC to broadcast the annual tennis tournament free-to-air across TV, radio and online for another seven years.

Since Eastbourne’s inception in 1974, some of the finest female players in the world gather annually in the seaside town to finely tune their grass courts skills ahead of Wimbledon.
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Jul 012017

BBC World News closing SD Astra 19east service

The BBC is closing down the standard definition feed of BBC World News on the Astra 1 satellite system.

This will affect viewers in those parts of Europe where the Astra 1 (19.2°E) satellites are used for TV reception, notably Austria, France, Germany and Spain, as well as in Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland where Astra 1 acts as a secondary satellite position.

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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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Jun 212017

The BBC has begun to make signing-in to use the iPlayer mandatory, removing the option to skip sign-in for some.

The BBC is forcing users to sign up for a BBC account to continue using the popular catch-up and on-demand service. Users who are still being allowed access by skipping the sign-in screen will see the option removed shortly.

The BBC says the move to mandatory sign-ins is all about offering a more personalised experience, enabling it to mine user data to provide recommendations and to see who is watching or listening to programmes. But the broadcaster has admitted that data from sign-ins might be used to detect TV licence fee evasion. Since September 2016, most iPlayer users require a TV licence to use the service.
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Jun 152017

BBC Wimbledon 2017 Coverage Details Announced

The BBC will be serving up 15 live HD streams from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as the BBC marks 90 years of coverage.

And for the first time, the BBC will broadcasting qualifying matches from Roehampton in the run up to the start of Wimbledon on 3rd July 2017 via the website.

This year sees the BBC celebrate 90 glorious years of broadcasting Wimbledon. Coverage of The Championships started on radio back in 1927 and a decade later TV viewers were also able to switch on and catch the action. Fast forward to 2017 and the BBC now provides an extensive multi-platform offering for fans which ensures they never miss a minute of the much cherished summer tournament.

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Mar 132017

BBC on-demand service launches in Malaysia

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Wordwide, is set to launch a version of BBC Player in Malaysia, exclusively to subscribers of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (TM) IPTV service, HyppTV.

This follows the launch of the BBC iPLayer service in Singapore last year.

Hypp TV viewers will be able to watch the very best of BBC content anytime anywhere, via an app on their smartphones and tablets. Content will be available from BBC Worldwide’s global brands, BBC First, BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, and BBC World News. Continue reading »

Feb 172017

FA Cup 5th Round this weekend.

Games on BT Sports, BBC One, BeIN Sports Mena, Eurosport (Germany), and four games on Teledeporte (via a TV aerial in Spain).

Saturday 1230
Burnely v Lincoln
BT SPorts
BeIn Sports Mena

Saturday 1500
Huddersfield v Manchester City
BeIN Sports Mena
Teledeporte (Spanish “Freeview”)
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Feb 042017

Six Nations 2017 TV Coverage on BBC and ITV

The 2017 Six Nations takes place between 4 February and 18 March 2017.

UK TV Coverage is shared between the BBC and ITV.

BBC Coverage trailer :

Spanish TV coverage is available on Movistar+

Middle East Coverage is available via BeIN Sports.

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Feb 012017

Sutton United’s historic FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal will be played on a Monday night after the BBC finally picked the non-league giant killers for TV coverage.

The lowest-ranked team left in the competition will sign off the Cup weekend on February 20 in a 7.55pm kick-off, after the quarter-final draw the night before.

BT Sport will televise the other National League side, Lincoln City, in their trip to Burnley in the Saturday 12.30 kick-off.

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Jan 202017

Six Nations 2017 TV Coverage on BBC and ITV

The 2017 Six Nations takes place between 4 February and 18 March 2017.

UK TV Coverage is shared between the BBC and ITV.

BBC Coverage trailer :

More information can be found at :