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BBC Revamps its BBC World Service Interactive TV Application on Freeview

--App Now Provides Extensive Schedule Info, Headlines and More
The BBC has redesigned the red-button interactive TV service that allows viewers on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, FreeviewY , to access the corporation's flagship international radio service, the BBC World Service . Until recently, the Freeview implementation of the service presented viewers with a blue screen that was both static and inconsistent with the BBC's branding color scheme (i.e. blue, as opposed to red, gray and black). According to a post on the...

Strong Viewer Engagement Leads BBC to Expand Interactive Plans for "Autumnwatch"

--Show Will also Now Have an Eight-Week Run
According to a report Thursday in the UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast, " Autumnwatch ," a spinoff of the popular BBC Two nature series, "Springwatch" (note: the latter is a mostly live-on-location show, broadcast four nights a week in late May and early June, that follows wildlife during the arrival of spring in the UK and that involves a crew of around 100 and around 50 cameras), will have an eight-week run of one 60-minute...

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

--Begins New Trial of "Radio Visualization," Including Interactive Enhancements
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: Viewers of the long-running children's magazine show, "Blue Peter" (airs on the CBBC channel and in the CBBC block on BBC One), will be able to press red to see what happens when one of the show's presenters, Joel Defries, goes behind the camera to direct his fellow...

BBC Trumpets Success of its Interactive Coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend

--Unveils Plans for Interactive TV Coverage of Glastonbury Music Festival
The BBC said Wednesday that this year's " Radio 1's Big Weekend " event, an annual free music festival produced by the corporation's flagship rock and pop station, was "the most interactive to date," with record numbers accessing the corporation's coverage of the event via the Internet, mobile phones and the red button. According to the BBC, a major push was made this year to use multiplatform interactivity in order to make "the audience feel...

BBC Reported to Be in Talks to Offer iPlayer Video-on-Demand Service on YouTube

--Service Would Be Available Internationally
UK newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, citing "sources close to the negotiations," reports that BBC director general, Mark Thompson, is in talks with Google chairman and CEO, Eric Schmidt, about launching an international version of the BBC's online VOD catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer (allows viewers to watch BBC shows for up to a week after their linear-TV broadcast), that would be "supported in some way" by YouTube and that could be accessed internationally (note: the...

Update: BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

Last Friday, [itvt] reported on the line-up of content that will be available through the BBC 's red-button interactive TV service over the coming weeks. The BBC has since announced a few other upcoming red-button offerings: As part of the BBC's coverage of the June 4th European Parliament and English council elections, BBC Red Button will offer a real-time results service. According to the corporation, results for most of England's 27 county council and seven...

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Agree to Five-Year Ban on Project Kangaroo-Type VOD Ventures

--Orange Decides against Purchasing Project Kangaroo's Technology Infrastructure
The Competition Commission --an independent public body which investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest, and which in February nixed Project Kangaroo , a joint video-on-demand venture between the BBC's BBC Worldwide arm, ITV and Channel 4, on the grounds that it would result in a "substantial lessening of competition in the supply of UK TV VOD content at the wholesale and retail levels"--published Friday drafts of "undertakings" that each of...

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

--Highlights Include Wimbledon, Formula 1, "Springwatch Unsprung," "Psychoville"
The BBC announced Thursday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights: For this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament, BBC Red Button will offer digital viewers a choice of up to five live matches (note: when Wimbledon coverage is being broadcast on BBC One or BBC Two, the version of the service on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, will...

BBC to Launch Multiplatform Interactive TV Soap Opera for Teens, "The Cut"

--Is Inviting Viewers to Help Shape the Show's Storyline
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 started production of a new multiplatform interactive TV soap opera called " The Cut ." The show, which is slated to launch later this year, will offer five-minute episodes on bbc.co.uk/switch , as well as a weekly omnibus edition on BBC...

In Submission to BBC Trust, BSkyB Voices Concerns about Project Canvas

--Project Canvas is a Joint OTT Venture between the BBC, ITV and BT
[itvt] recently reported ( see article posted on itvt.com, April 27th ) that Project Canvas --a joint initiative 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 broadband-connected set-top boxes (specifically, set-top boxes designed for reception...

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