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Wimbledon - Anatomy of a Service

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Andy Mace Andy Mace | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 8 July 2009

With the roar of the Centre Court crowd still ringing in Roger Federer's ears we thought it would be a good time to take stock of this year's Wimbledon.

In the ten years since we developed our first prototype, Red Button Wimbledon has gone on to become one of our most popular services beaten only by coverage of the Olympics. Here for the first time we take a look at the science behind the scenes to show you how the action gets from the courts of SW19 to your set top box.

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  • 1. At 10:55pm on 08 Jul 2009, PlatinumPlatypus wrote:

    I was abroad and had a Sky box where I was staying with no viewing card which of course allowed me to watch all the free-to-air channels. But the Wimbledon red-button service didn't work despite the rest of it working just fine...

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  • 2. At 10:29pm on 09 Jul 2009, omcorp wrote:

    Many Thanks for the video. Fairly easy to understand.

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  • 3. At 4:47pm on 12 Jul 2009, Brekkie wrote:

    Interesting stuff. I just wish though that DSO would leads to more screens on Freeview - but OFCOM's HD plans means we're actually at risk of less.

    I expect the majority of Freeview viewers would much rather have an interactive service more comparable to Sky to enable a truly interactive Olympics rather than the HD Olympics we're told we want.

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  • 4. At 6:21pm on 16 Jul 2009, kcmuppet wrote:

    When will the red button work on FreeSat?

    (The reason I moved from FreeView to FreeSat was because I thought the extra bandwidth would mean better red button stuff - guess I should have checked all these blog sites before I spent my £230)

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  • 5. At 5:55pm on 20 Jul 2009, RBJdenton wrote:

    Dear KCmuppet,

    Just to let you know that we do deliver the basic text service to Freesat which is available from all BBC Channels. You can also watch the same amount of sport content as viewers on Sky and Virgin by accessing the Sport Multiscreen on 3001.
    I know that you most likely wanted more red button content than this but for now we are not able to prioritise that work to be able to deliver it properly.

    Best Regards,

    john Denton, Managing Editor

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