Archives for July 2009

What's On BBC Red Button: 1st - 14th August

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John Horth | 15:22 UK time, Friday, 31 July 2009


Here's our fortnightly look at what's coming up under the red button...

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

Sport MultiscreenCatch up on all the latest Sport via the BBC Sport multiscreen. Headlines are available around the clock with up to five additional streams available to cover the best that BBC Sport has to offer.

Coming up...

- Football: The Football League Show / Final Score
Kicking off this month, Championship football returns to the BBC with ten live games to be screened over the course of the 2009/10 season. These matches will also be streamed live on the BBC website (for UK users only), as will all the goals from every game in the Football League, the League Cup and Football League Trophy.
Additionally, each Saturday morning viewers can join Manish Bhasin, ex-player Steve Claridge and Radio 5Live favourite Mark Clemmit for all the goals, round-up and debate on BBC One in The Football League Show which will then be made available following Match of the Day on BBC Red Button until noon the next day.
Meanwhile, Gabby Logan will be taking the helm of Final Score. Join her and guests to keep up to date with all the goals as they go in from 2.30pm each Saturday.
The Football League Show: Sundays from 9th August
Final Score: Saturdays from 2.30pm from 8th August

- Football: Champions League Qualifier
Red Button joins BBC Scotland for live coverage of the Champions League clash between Dinamo Moscow and Celtic, with Celtic aiming to overturn a 1-0 defecit from the first leg.
Wednesday 5th August, from 4.45pm

- Cricket: The Ashes*
Results so far have been anything but predictable, with England forcing a draw against the odds in Cardiff and breaking their 75-year hoodoo against Australia at Lord's.
BBC Red Button will be on hand for the remainder of this smouldering series with scorecards and statistics supplementing live commentary from the Test Match Special team led by Jonathan Agnew.
Third Test, Edgbaston: 30th July - 3rd August
Fourth Test, Headingley: 7th - 11th August
Fifth Test, The Oval: 20th - 24th August

- Rugby League: The Super League Show / Rugby League Forum*
The Super League Show offers viewers another chance to catch up with the weekend's Rugby League action, while following the the Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves press red for post-match analysis, round up and debate in the Rugby League Forum.
The Super League Show: from 7pm Sunday 2nd to Monday 3rd August
Rugby League Forum: 4.30pm, Saturday 8th August

- Swimming: World Championships*
BBC Red Button will be showing live coverage of the 13th World Championships from Rome featuring both the World Diving and Swimming disciplines where the British team will be hopeful of building on the success of Beijing.
Swimming: 27th July - 3rd August

BBC Sport multiscreen is available 24 hours a day
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview*
(*limited coverage on Freeview)

Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.
The full Sport Interactive schedule is available on the BBC Sport website

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Interactive TV Today interview with BBC Red Button's John Denton

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John Denton John Denton | 10:23 UK time, Wednesday, 29 July 2009


One of the many pleasurable tasks I have to undertake is to promote the BBC Red Button service, and sometimes this means talking to journalists based overseas.

It is always a challenge to ensure that they understand the breadth of coverage and number of viewers using the service seeing as often there is no comparable service in their own country.

One such interview was with Tracy Swedlow of Tracy has covered interactive TV for many years and her newsletter is read by people working in the industry, across the world.

You can find the interview on, or listen to it using the embedded player below. There's also a MP3 version for download.

John Denton is Managing Editor, BBC Red Button

Introducing Maestro Cam

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Rhonagh O'Donnell | 10:14 UK time, Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Greetings! We did our first Maestro Cam Prom on Saturday. It was great fun. Maestro Cam is a new red button delight, which we're trying for five TV Proms this year.

Proms MaestroCam

You can press red to watch a close up camera on the conductor during the Prom. There are two audio options: Music + Comment, or Music Only. Live commentary is from a conducting mentor from BBC2's 2008 Maestro TV series. The gregarious Matthew Rowe is doing our first two dates, with Peter Stark and Jason Lai joining later in August. They'll be commentating on conductors Vasily Petrenko, Ilan Volkov, Daniel Barenboim and David Robertson. There's also the option to watch the main Prom TV coverage under the red button, if you fancy just the multi-camera action.

On Friday we practised at the Royal Albert Hall during the main Prom's camera rehearsal. It was one of those times when I thought "I'm getting paid to do this - this is ridiculous!" because it was so enjoyable. Graeme Kay from Proms interactive and I offered some editorial suggestions to Matthew Rowe - though we both thought Matthew had pitched it just right. We want Maestro Cam to appeal both to people who know nothing about music, and to those who do.

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What's On BBC Red Button: 18th - 31st July

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John Horth | 14:56 UK time, Wednesday, 15 July 2009


Here's our fortnightly look at what's coming up under the red button...

BBC Proms 2009: Maestro Cam

BBC Proms For the 2009 Proms season BBC Red Button is introducing a brand new feature: 'Maestro Cam'.
Over the course of five concerts the service will give digital viewers a unique insight into the art of conducting. A dedicated camera will capture the conductor's every intonation and flourish while the mentors from BBC Two's Maestro series - Matthew Rowe, Peter Stark and Jason Lai - provide commentary discussing the gestures and the orchestra's response.
Among the conductors involved in this project are Daniel Barenboim, Vasily Petrenko and Ilan Volkov.

For full details of the Proms season visit the BBC Proms website.

Prom 12 - Saturday 25th July, 8.00pm, BBC Two
Prom 31 - Saturday 8th August, 7.00pm, BBC Two
Prom 38 - Thursday 13th August, 8.00pm, BBC Four
Prom 48 - Friday 21st August, 7.30pm, BBC Four
Prom 57 - Friday 28th August, 7.30pm, BBC Four
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

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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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A transcript of this video is also available.

Glastonbury 2009 - behind the scenes at BBC Red Button

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Chris Tangye Chris Tangye | 10:15 UK time, Friday, 3 July 2009


While the sun shone, "The Boss" rocked and the crowds cheered at this year's Glastonbury festival a small group of people were hard at work many miles away from the mud and music in a couple of small rooms in the BBC's Television Centre in White City. It was here that the hub of BBC's Red Button Glastonbury service was situated.

I found myself working in Playout Gallery TC 8 over the Friday and Sunday nights managing the Red Button back end systems, and thought I would provide a little insight into how the behind the scenes action takes place for a huge event in the BBC's calendar like Glastonbury.

For those who have never been in a Playout Gallery I will attempt to describe it: a couple of smallish rooms with one wall completely dominated by TV monitors all of which display the various incoming and outgoing feeds. Imposing sound desks and PC and laptop computers complete the setup all of which is usually mood lit so it feels like you are sitting in a New York nightclub. In fact why describe it when I can show it!

Playout Gallery TC 8 in Television Centre

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What's On BBC Red Button: 4th - 17th July

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John Horth | 19:43 UK time, Thursday, 2 July 2009


Here's our fortnightly look at what's coming up under the red button...

T in the Park 2009

T in the Park With tickets for last year's festival selling out in hours, anticipation for TitP 2009 couldn't be higher. Confirmed for the event at Balado, near Kinross are Blur, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Nick Cave, Ting Tings, Lily Allen, The Specials, Franz Ferdinand, Calvin Harris, Manic Street Preachers, Elbow, James, and Nine Inch Nails and for the fourth year running BBC Red Button will be there to showcase the best of the lot.

On the weekend itself, Freeview viewers will have a choice of up to 3 streams featuring highlights from the headliners, the BBC Acoustic / Collaborations stage and BBC Three's coverage while an additional stream for Sky and Virgin viewers will take an alternative slant on the festival, highlighting up and coming acts and extended sets from more established artists.

And festival-goers will have barely had time to hose themselves down before Red Button returns on the Monday with a week full of the very best moments and most talked about performances from Balado.

For full details visit the BBC T in the Park website.

Weekend Coverage: 10th - 12th July
Highlights: 13th - 17th July
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

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