BBC launches Connected Red Button service for smart TVs

10 Jan 2014

With an ever-increasing number of smart TVs on the market, the BBC has today launched its interactive service which will allow smart TV users to personalise their content to their tastes.

The service, which is rolling out in a beta version today, will first feature on Samsung and Sony’s range of smart TVs, with the new Panasonic range expected to avail of it towards the end of spring this year.

Once a viewer with an enabled smart TV presses red when BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four and BBC News are broadcasting, they will have access to the BBC Red Button service, which an estimated 13m people in the UK use per week.

The service has been available on Virgin Media’s TiVo service in the UK since December 2012, but this will be the first time it is available in Ireland to Sky Digital customers.

In the summer of last year, the BBC made the multi-view service available for events like Glastonbury and Wimbledon, giving viewers the ability to watch multiple different viewing points and the chance to catch up on events earlier throughout the events.

Speaking about the news, the BBC’s, general manager for products and on demand, Roux Joubert, said: “The BBC has brought audiences more of the content they love on their TV – by simply pressing red. We’re thrilled to extend this to even more viewers – and look forward to adding more features and functionality in 2014 – which promises to be another an epic year of live events from the BBC.”

For a full list of smart TVs models that can avail of the service, check out the BBC’s website.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic