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BBC Publishes List of Page Numbers for its Red-Button Interactive TV Service

The BBC has for the first time published a complete list of page numbers for its red-button interactive TV service, in order to make the service easier to use for viewers who prefer to access the content they are looking for by punching in a number on the remote control, rather than navigating through menus. In a posting on Press Red, a BBC blog that provides updates on the work of the corporation's TV Platforms...

BBC Discusses Six-Month Roadmap for its Red-Button Interactive TV Service

--Says it Is Working on Incorporating Broadband Content into the Service
In a posting last week on Press Red, a BBC blog that provides updates on the work of the corporation's TV Platforms group (i.e. the group responsible for the BBC's red-button service and for implementing the BBC iPlayer catch-up service on TV), the BBC's managing editor of TV platforms, John Denton, provided some information on the group's roadmap for the next six months, which, among other things, will see it working to adapt the red-button...

BBC Launches CBeebies iPlayer Catch-Up Service, Targeted at Children Under Six

--Also Says it Will Enhance CBeebies Channel's Red-Button Interactive TV Service
The BBC has launched a version of its online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer, for children six and under. The launch of the new player, which features around 35 hours of programming per week from the BBC's CBeebies channel (i.e. around 40% of the channel's total output), follows the launch last year of a dedicated iPlayer service offering programming from CBBC, a BBC channel targeted at six- to 12-year-olds. The BBC bills the new CBeebies...

HDTV BBC iPlayer Programming Launches on Virgin Media's VOD Platform

UK cable operator, Virgin Media, has begun offering the recently launched HDTV version of the BBC's BBC iPlayer catch-up TV service (note: for more on the HD BBCi Player, see the article posted on itvt.com April 16th) on its VOD platform to the approximately 520,000 Virgin customers equipped with the company's V+ HD set-top box. HD programming currently available through the service includes "Robin Hood," "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" and "Later...with Jools Holland"; HD...

Ofcom Signals that Project Canvas May Face More Regulatory Scrutiny

--Canvas is a Joint OTT Initiative between the BBC, ITV, and BT
--Seeks to Develop Common Standard for Delivering Broadband Video on TV
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 of the UK's free-to-air multichannel TV services, Freeview and Freesat)--may be facing the same kind of regulatory...

Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from the BBC

--CBBC Mash Up, New Red-Button Programming, Kangaroo's Demise, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported on the launch of HD streaming and downloading on the BBC's online catch-up TV service, BBC iPlayer. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories from the BBC: Last week, the corporation announced that CBBC Mash Up--an online application which allows viewers of its children's digital channel, CBBC, to create their own moving CBBC logo set to music, and which was developed through a collaboration between BBC Children's...

BBC iPlayer to Start Offering HD Streams and Downloads

In a posting on its Web site, Thursday, the BBC announced that its catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer (which it says has generated over 387 million requests to stream or download since its launch on December 25th, 2007), is to start offering HD streams and downloads of certain programs. The corporation also said that the updated iPlayer will now offer a diagnostic tool that examines each end-user's Internet connection and switches the player to whichever...

BBC Sets Up New Department to Oversee Phone-Based Interactive TV

The BBC--which earlier this year was fined £400,000 by UK communications regulator, Ofcom, for breaches of the UK's Broadcasting Code pertaining to its phone-based participation TV programming (see [itvt] Issue 7.95 Part 1)--has set up a new technical department to oversee all its phone-based interactive TV offerings. The Corporation says that the new department--dubbed the Interactive Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU)--is part of a comprehensive plan to address the problems that resulted in the...

BBC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Red-Button Interactive TV Service

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--Launches Several New Red-Button Applications --Round-Up of Recent BBC News
The BBC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its red-button interactive TV service (the first pilot of which launched in 1998). According to the Corporation, the service is now used by an average of 11 million people a week to access news, weather and other general information, as well as enhanced content associated with major sporting and entertainment events. The BBC has marked the occasion by launching a range of content on the service: Multiscreen...

BSkyB Launches Standalone, Subscription-Based Broadband TV Service

--Service Employs Microsoft Silverlight
--BBC iPlayer Now Accessible through Sky Player UK satellite TV provider, BSkyB has launched a subscription-based broadband video service, called Sky Player TV, which features both linear channels and VOD and which--unlike its existing Sky Player service--is offered as a standalone product, rather than as a complementary service for subscribers of its flagship pay-TV service (note: the company will continue to provide subscribers to its flagship pay-TV service with access...

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