BBC to close redbutton on Freeview

From the BBC Internet Blog, the Red Button Controller has said his team will be switching off 2 of the 3 interactive streams used to deliver BBC content on Freeview. This will have the effect of removing the BBC News Multiscreen and closing the Red Button Interactive channel on Freeview.

This is being done to make way for the new High Definition services which are due to start broadcasting from Winterhill during December.

They have confirmed red button content such as sports coverage will continue to be accessible, but via a linear broadcasting channel rather than on the interactive stream.

The red button service will continue the same on Virgin Media, Sky and other services, including the BBC’s online service, this will just effect Freeview Viewers.