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June 24, 2009

BBC’s red button available for HD users

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by David Allen

Satellite viewers will be able to do more with their HD TV service, with the BBC introducing the “Red Button” feature to BBC HD.

Until now this interactive service was not available.

This means that subscribers to Sky+ HD and Virgin Media, along with users of the free satellite service Freesat, will now get full use of the red button.

The BBC has timed this perfectly to coincide with the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships that can be seen on the BBC at any time of the day, somewhere.

The red button gives the user the ability to pick and choose the match that they want to see.

However HD viewers expecting to press the red button to see HD content may be disappointed, as video within the interactive service will be shown in the standard format for now, although most set top boxes will scale the service up to HD.

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