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BBC to Air Interactive Thriller Series, "The Well," Targeted at Teens

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The BBC announced Thursday that BBC Switch , a BBC brand devoted to multiplatform content for teenagers (its offerings include programming blocks on BBC Two and Radio One, as well as an online portal), has commissioned digital production company, Conker Media (note: the latter is part of Lime Pictures, the company behind the soap opera, "Hollyoaks"), to create and produce an interactive, digital drama thriller targeted at its teen audience. Entitled "The Well," the new...

BBC Interactive TV Executive, Rahul Chakkara, to Step Down

Rahul Chakkara , the BBC's most senior interactive TV executive and one of the key figures behind the corporation's Project Canvas initiative (note: the latter is a joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to...

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

The BBC announced Wednesday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks (and beyond). Here are the highlights: For the 2009 Proms season, BBC Red Button is launching a new feature called "Maestro Cam." Over the course of five Proms concerts, the corporation says, the feature will give digital viewers who press red a "unique insight" into the art of conducting via a dedicated...

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Glastonbury Festival Sets Records

The BBC said Wednesday that record numbers of people watched coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival on-demand through its dedicated festival Web site and through its BBC Red Button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, the site--which offered highlights of around 60 acts playing on the festival's main stages--received 7.2 million video requests. Lady Gaga's performance proved the biggest draw, the BBC says, with 1.3 million requests, followed by Lily Allen's with 762,000 requests,...

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Wimbledon Proves Popular

The BBC on Monday released viewership statistics for its red-button and broadband video coverage of this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. According to the corporation: 7.5 million digital viewers accessed its red-button Wimbledon service. The interactive TV service provided viewers with a choice of up to five live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the championship's top matches (note: when there was coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, viewers on the UK's free-to-air...

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

The BBC announced Thursday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks. Here are some highlights: During next weekend's T in the Pa rk 2009 music festival (July 10th-12th), viewers on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, will be able to press red to access up to three streams featuring highlights from the festival's headliners, from the BBC Acoustic/Collaborations stage at the event,...

Red-Button Interactive TV Functionality Added to BBC HD

The BBC has added red-button interactive TV functionality (i.e. the ability to access interactive TV applications and services and supplemental programming content through the red button on the remote control) to BBC HD, an HDTV channel that it operates on the UK's Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable platforms, as well as on the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat. According to the corporation, the launch was scheduled to ensure that BBC HD viewers can...

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...

BBC Unveils Plans for Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of "T in the Park" Music Fest

The BBC has announced plans for broadband video and red-button interactive TV coverage of Scotland's annual " T in the Park " music festival (at which around 85,000 attendees will see performances from such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Pet Shop Boys). During each of the festival's three days, viewers will be able to press red while watching any BBC channel to access four different channels of performances...

BBC Unveils Plans for Interactive TV, Online and Mobile Coverage of Wimbledon Tennis

The BBC has announced its plans for interactive TV, broadband and mobile coverage of the upcoming 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships (note: this year, for the first time, the corporation's entire coverage of the championships will be available in high definition on the BBC HD channel): Viewers on the UK's digital TV platforms will be able to press the red button to access a multiscreen app with a choice of up to five live matches (note:...

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