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

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

  • During the BBC's broadcast of the annual "Last Night of the Proms" concert (from 7:30PM, September 12th), digital viewers who press the red button will be able to choose between watching the main concert from the Royal Albert Hall or live coverage of "Proms in the Park" concerts around the UK. Satellite and cable viewers will be able to watch all five "Proms in the Park" concerts (Hyde Park, County Down, Glasgow, Swansea and Salford) in their entirety through the red button, while Freeview viewers will be able to watch the concert from Hyde Park. The BBC promises that other red-button options will also be available. (Note: this red-button service will not be available on the UK's free-to-air digital satellite service, Freesat.)
  • Starting 9:00PM on September 7th and continuing through September 13th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access content celebrating the 10th year in the music business of the band, Muse. The content will include highlights from a celebratory concert recorded in the band's home town of Teignmouth. (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • Each day, from August 31st through September 4th, the BBC is making what it calls a new "standout set" from the recent Reading & Leeds Festival available through the red button. Each set will be accessible around the clock. (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • From September 7th through 13th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access video coverage of a concert from Blackpool's Empress Ballroom that was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. The concert celebrates the famous Blackpool Illuminations. (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • From August 31st through September 6th, 7:00AM-7:00PM daily, digital viewers will be able to press red to access a quiz based on the CBBC "Doctor Who" spin-off show, "The Sarah Jane Adventures" (whose first series was rebroadcast in its entirety on August 31st). According to the BBC, "viewers can help Sarah Jane and test their skill by completing the tasks set by her extraterrestrial computer, Mr Smith" and "will then discover if they have super-human intelligence as they race through the questions." (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • The BBC is making a range of soccer-themed programming available through the red button: on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, from August 28th, digital viewers can press red to access "Lawro's Friday Focus," a show in which commentator, Mark Lawrenson, shares his predictions for the weekend's games; from 9:00AM-11:00AM on Saturday mornings, starting September 5th, viewers can press red to access video of Danny Baker's Radio 5Live call-in show; from 2:30PM on Saturday afternoons, viewers can press red to access the soccer results show, "Final Score"; and on Sunday mornings until noon, viewers can press red to access the BBC One Football League round-up show, "The Football League Show."
  • On September 1st and 15th, digital viewers can press red to access live TMS commentary, scorecards and statistics from the Twenty20 cricket matches; and on September 4th, 6th, 12th and 17th, they can press red to access similar coverage of cricket's One Day Internationals.
  • On September 12th and 13th, the BBC is providing live coverage through the red button of the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • In the run-up to the Italian Grand Prix, digital viewers will be able to press red to access coverage of all on-track sessions, including Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying sessions. They will also be able to access re-runs of classic Grands Prix. Then, during the race itself, they will be able to access a choice of three streams featuring split-screen in-car camera feeds, leaderboards and rolling highlights, with the option of listening to either network or BBC Radio 5 Live commentary. Finally, after the race has been run, digital viewers will be able to access a post-race analysis show, and, the BBC says, highlights will probably also be available the following day. (Note: red-button coverage of the Italian Grand Prix is available September 10th-13th.)
  • From September 17th-19th, digital viewers will be able to access daily coverage of the Sail for Gold Regatta from the new Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Dorset (which will also host sailing events during the 2012 Olympics).
  • On September 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 10th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access coverage of soccer's Women's European Championship.
  • On September 18th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access live coverage (with various audio options) of the Ospreys vs. Leinster Scrum V rugby match-up. This coverage, and all the sports coverage listed above, is offered through the BBC Sport Multiscreen, a 24/7 red-button application that provides up to five screens of extra coverage as well as round-the-clock headlines.

 

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