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    BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016

    This is a discussion on BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016 within the Entertainment forums, part of the Community channel category; I've not pressed the red button for some time but just gave it a go. BBC seems to be the ...

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      Re: BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016

      I've not pressed the red button for some time but just gave it a go.
      BBC seems to be the only channel still using it even Sky News have
      dropped it.
      I think it is still used on the Sports channels, including F1. But they have not had 'teletext' for some time now.

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      Re: BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      I think it is still used on the Sports channels, including F1. But they have not had 'teletext' for some time now.
      Although similar, what you are talking about is digital interactive options (ceefax and oracle teletext services were analogue, the bbc red button is digital) although its engaged using a red button, more for comfort and ease of use UI.
      It is calling in separate sports active satellite channels or 'red button' terrestrial channels for each of the video streams. Sky have quite a number of these mostly for sports on Astra. There are underlying links within the software to pull in each of the multiple streams and display the content as you see it today.
      This is why you see during the olympics and wimbledon, sky has a slightly different offering for satellite than it does for terrestrial. They look similar but underlying they are not.

      Of course itv gave up with oracle some years ago.
      But there are still a number of US and European channels that still have spme form of it.

      Of course I'm sure many remember the BBC Micro, it had a grahical mode that was based on Teletext display
      You could using a modem serve up teletext pages using it.

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      Re: BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016

      Whilst the Red Button services are useful, there is simply far too many other sources that are perhaps easier to use and do a better job.

      Sure the additional channels with hidden content are useful. What is shown though is high inconsistent. Just now its ELO In Concert. This has been up since the weekend and appears to be on a constant loop. To me this is a complete waste of a channel.

      When the 2012 Olympics were on the 25 SD and 25 HD Red Button channels were great. It was a pleasure to be able to pick up a variety of different sports that you'd normally never get to watch.

      The informational side though has never really worked for me. Years ago I used to use Ceefax and Teletext, now I would use either my phone, tablet or laptop to get the information I would have got from those services. Of course if I would like to know what's on, then I'll be looking at the EPG.

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