BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

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The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks

  • Through January 15th, 7:00AM-7:00PM daily, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access a special quiz, designed to mark the return of the children's character, Tracy Beaker, to CBBC. The quiz, which is hosted by actress Lisa Coleman (aka Cam) tests viewers' knowledge of previous Tracy Beaker series. The quiz is also available on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, at the following dates and times: January 12th: 7:00AM-1:20PM; January 13th: 7:00AM-1:50PM; January 14th: 7:00AM-1:20PM; January 15th: 7:00AM-12:00PM. (Note: This red-button service is not available on the UK's free-to-air satellite TV service, Freesat.)
  • On January 17th, 4:45PM-4:00AM, Sky and Virgin viewers will be able to press red to access an omnibus edition of the BBC's new "EastEnders" Webisode spin-off, "E20," which launched online last week. Freeview viewers will be able to access it from 4:45PM to 5:35PM and from 6:25PM to 12:50AM. According to the BBC, "'E20' introduces Zsa Zsa Carter, Fatboy, Leon Small and Mercy Olubunmi who crash into [Albert] Square seeking solace from family life. With nowhere to live and no one else to turn to they begin to depend on one another for support. The foursome end up squatting together in 89b George Street and the highs and lows of their shared problems cement their friendship forever." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • On January 21st (10:25PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 10:25PM-12:50AM on Freeview) and 22nd (9:00PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 9:20PM-12:50AM on Freeview), digital viewers will be able to press red to access a mock-behind-the-scenes spin-off of the satirical comedy series, "Bellamy's People." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • On January 12th (8:55PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 11:10PM-4:00AM on Freeview) and 19th (8:55PM-4:00AM on Sky, Virgin and Freeview), digital viewers will be able to press red to access extra content from the cooking show, "The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best." According to the BBC, the programming will allow viewers to "spend some extra cooking time with one of the featured mums as she shares extra tips, recipes and a bit more motherly chat." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • During the January 16th broadcast of the game show, "The National Lottery: In It to Win It," digital viewers will be able to press red to pit their wits against studio contestants. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • Starting at 9:00AM on January 16th, digital viewers will be able to press red to watch a "visualization" of BBC Radio Five's "The Danny Baker Show." The visualization app presents viewers with video of Baker as he hosts his show, as well as text messages and pictures sent in by other viewers; access to a range of informational content, including the weekend's soccer tables, fixture lists, information on upcoming commentaries, sports news, and details of upcoming red-button content; and a range of what the BBC calls "unexpected content," including "spoof fixtures and unique animations as Danny sets up audience head-to-heads on the phone." (Note: not available on Freesat.)
  • During the January 14th and 21st 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.
  • On weekdays, around the clock, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access Video Choice, a recently launched feature on the BBC News Multiscreen application. The feature consists of a two-minute package of highlights which is billed as featuring the day's best picture stories, and which is put together by BBC News's On Demand team. On weekends, the daily highlights package is replaced by a topical video interview, entitled "Five Minutes with..."
  • On January 15th (6:30PM-12:15PM the next day on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 11:00PM-8:45AM the next day on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access the show, "Friday Focus," which features Premier League soccer predictions from Mark Lawrenson, as well as pundit interviews.
  • From 2:30PM on January 16th, digital viewers can press red to access the soccer news and results show, "Final Score," featuring Gaby Logan and various guests.
  • On January 12th and 13th, 7:30-10:30PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access the show, "Midweek Score," which offers match commentary with live stats and scores.
  • On January 17th, 1:05AM-12:00PM, digital viewers can press red to access a re-run of the Football League round-up show, "The Football League Show."
  • On January 19th, 7:30-10PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access live coverage of the Carling Cup soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United; and on January 20th, 7:30-10PM, they can press red to access live coverage of the match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. The coverage will feature various interactive audio options.
  • On January 16th (11:30AM-1:30PM) and 17th (12:15-2:15PM), digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of World Cup Skiing from Wengen.
  • On January 17th (5:15-5:45PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 5:45-6:15PM on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access the World Cup Skiing highlights show, "Ski Sunday Extra."
  • On January 12th (1:30-11:00PM), 13th (2:00-11:00PM), 14th (1:30-11:00PM), 15th (1:30-11:00PM) and 16th (1:00-11:00PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 6:00-7:20PM and 8:30-11:00PM on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of The Masters snooker from Wembley Arena.
  • From January 18th through 22nd, 8:00AM-2:00PM, digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of the Australian Open tennis championship. A companion highlights program will be available 5:00PM-6:00AM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat, and will be available on Freeview at the following dates and times: January 18th: 7:00PM-1:00AM; January 19th: 7:00-8:00PM; January 20th: 6:00PM-1:00AM; January 21st: 7:00-10:00PM.
  • From January 18th through 22nd, digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of the Bowls World Championship. Coverage will be available on Sky, Virgin and Freesat only (i.e. not on Freeview) at the following dates and times: January 18th and 19th: 10:00-11:30AM; January 20th: 10:00-11:30AM; January 21st: 9:30-11:00AM; January 22nd: 10:00-11:30AM. Coverage will be available on all digital platforms on January 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd, 3:00-4:45PM, and on January 20th, 3:00-5:00PM.
  • On January 22nd, 6:00-8:10PM, digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of the Free Dance program from the European Figure Skating Championships. 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.


In other news from the BBC:

  • The corporation has now opened up its beta of the BBC iPlayer on Freesat to any UK user with a Humax Freesat HD or Freesat+ set-top box and a 1Mbps or faster broadband connection. A private beta launched last month. Detailed instructions on setting up BBC iPlayer on a Freesat set-top are available here.
  • UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reports that the corporation has confirmed plans to make the BBC iPlayer available through Samsung's Internet@TV OTT service.

 

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