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

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

      BBC 'to announce Red Button closure' - BBC News

      The BBC is expected to announce that it is to close its Red Button services as part of 150m of cuts.
      Red Button replaced BBC Ceefax and offers extra channels during events such as Wimbledon and Glastonbury.
      A 35m cut is also expected to be made to sports rights.
      The BBC has already lost the rights to the Open Golf Tournament and while no event has been officially earmarked, it could throw doubt on the corporation's coverage of sports such as F1 racing.
      It is also understood 12m will be cut from TV but BBC drama and shows such as Strictly Come Dancing will be protected from the savings.
      The cuts also include 1,000 job losses, which were announced in July.
      The BBC says the savings are a consequence of a drop in the licence fee income because of what it calls the "iPlayer loophole", that is people switching to watching BBC services only on "catch up" via the iPlayer which does not currently require payment of the licence fee.
      The BBC says it has received assurances from the government that this "loophole" will be closed.
      A further 550m of savings are due to be announced in spring 2016
      There will be a statement on sports rights by Lord Hall - 30m cut to BBC sports rights budget - later today
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      Re: BBC to close red button services, reduce sports rights and make more cuts in Spring 2016

      Does this mean the 'Teletext' service will also be going? I find it useful for Sports results etc and will miss it. Not worried if it is just the 'extra coverage' that is available for a choice of programs as I seldom use this.

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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
      Does this mean the 'Teletext' service will also be going? I find it useful for Sports results etc and will miss it. Not worried if it is just the 'extra coverage' that is available for a choice of programs as I seldom use this.
      That being the red button is embedded into the current red button service so encompasses what you are asking about along with interactive content and the streams. It cannot be seperated out.

      What is staying is the BBC connected red button or BBC Red Button+ as it was renamed in April of this year.
      This is the red button streams and content that you see on smart tvs, tivo, some freeview/freesat TVs etc and possibly on the new skyq box as an app.

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

      I thought the 'teletext' service was already dead.
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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
      Does this mean the 'Teletext' service will also be going? I find it useful for Sports results etc and will miss it. Not worried if it is just the 'extra coverage' that is available for a choice of programs as I seldom use this.
      We'll have to introduce you to smart phones and tablets at some point

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      Quote Originally Posted by marjohn56 View Post
      I thought the 'teletext' service was already dead.

      My elderly father refers to the digital text service on the red button as "teletext" so maybe that's what was being referred to here as "teletext"?
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      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      What is staying is the BBC connected red button or BBC Red Button+ as it was renamed in April of this year. This is the red button streams and content that you see on smart tvs, tivo, some freeview/freesat TVs etc and possibly on the new skyq box as an app.
      Actually I thought it was to be the opposite of that! My interpretation was that the RB1 etc channels are for the chop. Let's hope I've got it wrong. I haven't properly read any detailed PR yet.
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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 speedyrite View Post
      My elderly father refers to the digital text service on the red button as "teletext" so maybe that's what was being referred to here as "teletext"?
      That's what I meant, I'm elderly too.

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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'm sure in its current form on the BBC there seems
      to be alot less content than there was on the old Ceefax system.
      Shame for older people who are not into computers, smart phones etc.
      but I guess the world moves on!

      I remember the days that the only thing on TV prior to lunchtime was
      either the test card or scrolling pre selected teletext pages from the days news! Showing my age now, 😳😳😳

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

      Reminds me of my parents home, probably about ten years ago, a wall unit with two TVs, one mounted directly above the other. The lower one was used exclusively for teletext.

     

     
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