BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two 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 two weeks and beyond:

  • A new feature has launched on the BBC News Multiscreen application. On weekdays, the BBC says, BBC News's On Demand team will be rounding up the day's best picture stories into a two-minute package of highlights. On weekends, the daily highlights package will be replaced by a topical video interview, entitled "Five Minutes with..." (Note: not available on Freesat or Freeview.)
  • From September 28th (7:55PM) to October 6th (6:00AM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access an interactive TV quiz based on the BBC-Open University science magazine series, "Bang Goes the Theory." According to the BBC, the quiz will include video clips and embedded questions featuring experiments from the show, and will all be hosted by the show's co-presenter, Dallas Campbell. (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • From October 1st-30th (starting at approximately 9:30PM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access behind-the-scenes footage from the BBC Two satirical music series, "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • During the September 24th and October 1st broadcasts of the BBC One 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.
  • A range of soccer-themed programming continues to be available through the red button: on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, 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, viewers can press red to access video of Danny Baker's Radio 5Live call-in show; from 2:30PM on Saturday afternoons and on select midweek evenings, 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 26th (starting at 5:05PM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access live coverage of the Championship soccer match between Ipswich and Newcastle Utd., complete with additional audio options.
  • On September 26th (starting at 10:00AM) and 27th (starting at 8:45AM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access live coverage of European Eventing (an equestrian sport that combines dressage, cross-country and show-jumping).
  • In the run-up to the Singapore and Japanese Grands 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 Singapore Grand Prix is available September 24th-29th, and red-button coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix is available October 2nd-6th.)
  • From September 20th-23rd (starting at 7:30PM) and September 27th-29th (starting at 4:30PM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access coverage of Rugby League football on "The Super League Show."
  • On September 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access live coverage of cycling's World Race Championships in Mendriso, Switzerland.
  • On September 25th (starting at 7:00PM) and October 2nd (starting at 7:30PM), digital viewers will be able to press red to access live Rugby Scrum V matches (note: the September 25th match features Glasgow Warriors vs. Ospreys, while the match-up that will be covered on October 2nd has yet to be determined), complete with audio options. 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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