BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

The BBC announced Friday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next few weeks. Here are some highlights:

  • During and after next weekend's Glastonbury music festival, digital viewers will be able to access up to five streams of coverage through the red button, including 30-minute catch-ups featuring highlights of most of the sets that the BBC is filming, and a stream dedicated to visualizing BBC 6 Music's radio coverage of the festival. The streams will be available starting 7:00PM on Friday, 4:20PM on Saturday and 5:30PM on Sunday. In addition, after the festival (June 29th through July 3rd), viewers will be able to press red to access catch-up coverage. (Note: the BBC's red-button Glastonbury coverage will not be available on Freesat.)
  • During the Wimbledon tennis championship, digital viewers can press red to access a choice of up to five live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the championship's top matches (note: when there is coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, viewers on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, will be able to access up to four live matches). Digital viewers can also switch between commentary and no-commentary options on the live matches; and access a digital text service offering news, results and score updates. Live Wimbledon coverage through the red button will be available from June 22nd through July 5th, while highlights will be available July 6th through 8th.
  • Through June 28th, all afternoon games from the 8th FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the third-place play-off, will be available live on the BBC Sport multiscreen.
  • On June 26th and 27th, digital viewers who are following the Assen GP race (part of the MotoGP motorbike-racing season) will be able to press red to view Saturday-afternoon qualifying sessions, re-runs and highlights, as well as a post-race program called "MotoGP Extra."
  • On July 21st, the BBC will mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by making available through the red button an archived moon-themed episode of its long-running astronomy series, "The Sky at Night." (Note: this service will not be available on Freesat.)
  • Through June 25th and from June 29th through July 3rd (9:30PM-4:00AM), fans of the BBC Two comedy show, "That Mitchell and Webb Look," will be able to press red to see the show's stars, Robert Webb and David Mitchell, introducing new sketches, as well as new animations that have been specially commissioned for the BBC's red-button service. (Note: this service will not be available on Freesat.)
  • During the June 25th and July 2nd broadcasts of the political panel talk show, "Question Time," viewers will, as always, be able to view information on the show's panelists and discussion topics, as well as a selection of comments texted in by viewers, on Red Button page 155.
  • As always, a rotating selection of games, based on its programs, will be available on the CBeebies children's channel's red-button service.