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CES 2014: BBC’s Enhanced Red Button service finally hitting certain Smart TVs

The BBC’s Connected Red Button service promised a new level of interactivity when it launched in the UK a year ago. Combining the usual Digital Red Button service with the internet, supported devices would be able to take advantage of such additional services such as recommended viewing (curated by actual, real-life humans) and alternative streams during live sports events; while classic services such as news and weather reports could be seamlessly overlaid over a TV program.


However, despite BBC promising to extend Connected Red Button to more platforms over time, until now it has remained an exclusive feature of Virgin Media’s TiVo boxes. Now though, it seems BBC are finally making good on their promise. After some early roll-outs to certain Sony smart TVs before Christmas, BBC have now announced that as of today, owners of Samsung and Sony smart TVs should both have access to a beta version of the service when they press the red button on their remotes, with models from LG joining them in due course. In fact, the BBC have now released a very large list of Connected Red Button TV models for people to find out if theirs will be included.


Now, how about that Freesat, Freeview or YouView standalone set-top box support, BBC? You were supposed to roll that out last year…

January 10th, 2014 by CrimsonShade
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