Frequently Asked Questions


How do I use the Red Button?

Digital TV makes it possible for you to do many things with your television - join in with programmes, see extra news stories and sports coverage, check latest sports results, travel information and weather forecasts.

To go interactive, simply press the red button on your remote control at any time. Sometimes you will be prompted to press the red button by an announcement in a programme or a red button logo appearing in the top right-hand corner of your TV screen.

Interactive TV is available with any digital service, though the type and number of features vary according to whether you have digital terrestrial, satellite, cable or broadband.

Most of the interactive features currently available are provided by the BBC, Sky and the cable companies. A few other broadcasters, including ITV, offer a limited range.

Find out more about digital TV on the Digital UK website.

The red button graphic can be removed from your screen by one simple action, dependent on the platform you are watching this is:

  • Sky - Press the BACK UP button
  • Virgin Media - Press the BLUE button
  • Freeview - Press the BACK or GREEN buttons
  • Freesat - Press the BACK or GREEN buttons