BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks:
- From 5:00PM, January 29th through 1:30PM, February 6th, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access 18 tracks and exclusive musician interviews from recent studio performances by La Roux and Heaven 17 and by Gary Numan and Little Boots that were recorded by BBC 6music Live. Viewers on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, can access the content at the following dates and times: January 29th: 5:00PM-12:50AM; January 30th: 6:10-7:20PM; January 31st: 4:10AM-4:45PM; February 1st, 12:10AM-February 2nd, 8:45PM; February 3rd: 12:10AM-12:50PM and 5:25PM-12:50PM, February 4th; February 4th: 5:25-10:15PM; February 5th: 4:10AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-8:50AM, February 6th. (Note: This red-button service is not available on the UK's free-to-air satellite TV service, Freesat.)
- On January 30th, 9:25PM-4:00AM, and January 2nd, 12:15-4:00AM, digital viewers can press red to access the winning short films from a competition associated with the new BBC series, "Virtual Revolution" (note: the latter show, which formerly had the working title, "Digital Revolution," is the result of a production process that saw the BBC inviting viewers to help shape its content--for more on the series, see the interview with producer, Russell Barnes, that was published on itvt.com, August 7th). The competition saw the BBC making available online raw, uncut video from the series and inviting aspiring documentary makers to enhance it with their own content and commentary. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
- On January 31st, 3:10PM-4:00AM, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access an omnibus edition of the BBC's new "EastEnders" Webisode spin-off, "EastEnders: E20," which launched online last week. Freeview viewers will be able to access it from 4:55PM to 5:30PM and from 6:35PM to 12:00AM. According to the BBC, "'E20' introduces Zsa Zsa Carter, Fatboy, Leon Small and Mercy Olubunmi who crash into [Albert] Square seeking solace from family life. With nowhere to live and no one else to turn to they begin to depend on one another for support. The foursome end up squatting together in 89b George Street and the highs and lows of their shared problems cement their friendship forever." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
- On January 28th (10:25PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 12:05-12:50AM and 10:25PM-12:50AM on Freeview), February 4th (10:25PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 10:25PM-4:00AM on Freeview), and February 5th (9:00PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin), digital viewers can press red to access a mock-behind-the-scenes spin-off of the satirical comedy series, "Bellamy's People." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
- On January 26th (8:55PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 8:55PM-12:50AM on Freeview) and February 2nd (8:55PM-4:00AM on Sky and Virgin; 8:55PM-12:00AM on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access extra content from the cooking show, "The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best." According to the BBC, the programming will allow viewers to "spend some extra cooking time with one of the featured mums as she shares extra tips, recipes and a bit more motherly chat." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
- During the January 30th broadcast of the game show, "The National Lottery: In It to Win It," Freeview and Sky viewers can press red to pit their wits against studio contestants. (Note: Not available on Virgin or Freesat.)
- On January 30th, 9:00-11:00AM, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to watch a "visualization" of BBC Radio Five's "The Danny Baker Show." The visualization app presents viewers with video of Baker as he hosts his show, as well as text messages and pictures sent in by other viewers; access to a range of informational content, including the weekend's soccer tables, fixture lists, information on upcoming commentaries, sports news, and details of upcoming red-button content; and a range of what the BBC calls "unexpected content," including "spoof fixtures and unique animations as Danny sets up audience head-to-heads on the phone." (Note: not available on Freeview or Freesat.)
- During the January 28th and February 4th broadcasts of the BBC One political panel talk show, "Question Time," viewers will, as always, be able to view information on the show's panelists and discussion topics, as well as a selection of comments texted in by viewers, on Red Button page 155.
- On weekdays, around the clock, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access Video Choice, a recently launched feature on the BBC News Multiscreen application. The feature consists of a two-minute package of highlights which is billed as featuring the day's best picture stories, and which is put together by BBC News's On Demand team. On weekends, the daily highlights package is replaced by a topical video interview, entitled "Five Minutes with..." (Note: Not available on Freeview or Freesat.)
- On January 29th, 6:00PM-8:30AM, and on February 5th, 6:00PM-6:00AM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access the show, "Friday Focus," which features Premier League soccer predictions from Mark Lawrenson, as well as pundit interviews. (Note: Not available on Freeview.)
- From 2:30PM on January 31st, digital viewers can press red to access the soccer news and results show, "Final Score," featuring Gaby Logan and various guests.
- On January 26th (7:30-10:30PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; not available on Freeview) and 27th (7:30-10:30PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 7:30-10:00PM on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access the show, "Midweek Score," which offers match commentary with live stats and scores.
- On January 31st, 12:45AM-12:00PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access a re-run of the Football League round-up show, "The Football League Show." (Note: Not available on Freeview.)
- On January 28th, 3:45-6:00PM (all digital platforms) and January 30th, 1:45-4:00PM (Sky, Virgin and Freesat), digital viewers can press red to access live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations.
- Daily through January 30th, digital viewers on all platforms can press red to access live coverage of the Australian Open tennis championship: the coverage will be available 8:00AM-2:00PM, except on January 30th, when it will be available 8:30-11:30AM. A companion highlights program will be available through January 30th, 5:00PM-6:00AM, on Sky, Virgin and Freesat, and will be available on Freeview at the following dates and times: January 26th: 7:00-8:00PM; January 27th: 11:00PM-1:00AM; January 28th: 7:00-10:00PM. In addition, the highlights show will be available on Sky, Virgin and Freesat on January 31st, 5:00PM-February 2nd, 10:00AM.
- On January 26th, 7:45-9:45PM, and January 30th, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access live coverage of World Cup skiing. (Note: Not available on Freeview.) In addition, on January 31st, 7:00-7:30PM, digital viewers on all platforms can press red to access the show, "Ski Sunday Extra."
- On January 30th, 1:00-4:30PM and 7:00-10:00PM, and January 31st, 1:30-5:00PM and 7:00-10:00PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access live coverage of snooker's Welsh Open. (Note: Not available on Freeview.)
- On February 3rd and 4th 1:00-5:15PM, digital viewers on all platforms can press red to access live coverage of bowls' Welsh International Open.
- On February 5th, 7:15-9:30PM, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press red to access live coverage of a match between Ireland A and Scotland A. (Note: Not available on Freeview.) This coverage, and all the sports coverage listed above, is offered through the BBC Sport Multiscreen, a 24/7 red-button application that provides up to five screens of extra coverage as well as round-the-clock headlines.
In other BBC news: The corporation said Monday that, "EastEnders: E20," its youth-targeted online spin-off of its long-running soap opera, "EastEnders," and the spin-off's supporting content have garnered 1.7 million views on the EastEnders Web site and the BBC iPlayer, since the spin-off's debut January 8th. "E20," an omnibus edition of which is also available through the red button (see above), was created by 13 new London writers, aged between 17 and 22, who attended a summer school where they wrote the online drama.