Archives for March 2010

What's On BBC Red Button: 27th March - 16th April

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John Horth | 18:00 UK time, Friday, 26 March 2010

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

Weekend Wogan*

Weekend Wogan Sir Terry Wogan recently made a triumphant return to the Radio 2 airwaves with a brand new show. Coming live from BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre every Sunday, Weekend Wogan showcases a lively mix of celebrity interviews, music with star guests and performances from Elio Pace's house band.
For the first time, the infamous 'Janet and John' stories are told in front of a live audience, in the presence of John 'Boggy' Marsh - their hero and inspiration.

Each Sunday the show is filmed, and highlights and special backstage footage are shown on the Radio 2 website from Monday morning.
As a television treat digital viewers will have an opportunity to see TWO of the great man's shows on BBC Red Button.

For the week beginning Monday 5th April we'll show the best of Sunday 4th's show.
A joyous new Wogan show will land on your red button the following Monday.
Your April will be absolutely lovely.

Monday 5th April, 6am - Sunday 11th April, 11am
Monday 12th April, 6am - Sunday 18th April, 6am

Monday 5th April, 6am - Thursday 8th April, 9.25pm
Friday 9th April, 4.30am - 9.25pm
Saturday 10th April, 12.30am - 8.30am, 11.30am - 6.30pm & 8.40pm - Sunday 11th April, 11am
Monday 12th April, 6am - 11pm
Tuesday 13th April, 12.45am - Thursday 15th April, 8.55pm
Friday 16th April, 6am - 9.25pm
Saturday 17th April, 12.30am - 8.30am, 11.30am - 6.50pm & 9pm - Sunday 18th April, 6am

Monday 5th April, 6am - 2.50pm & 7.25pm - Tuesday 6th April, 7.20pm
Tuesday 6th April, 10.10pm - 11.50pm
Wednesday 7th April, 8am - 2pm & 3pm - 7.50pm & 10.10pm - 11.50pm
Thursday 8th April, 8.10am - 3.35pm
Friday 9th April, 8.10am - 3pm & 1pm - 3.35pm
Saturday 10th April, 8.10am - 8.50am & 11.10am - 2.20pm
Monday 12th April, 7.40am - 6.50pm
Tuesday 13th April, 7.40am - 7.20pm
Wednesday 14th April, 7.40am - 2pm & 3pm - 7.20pm
Thursday 15th April, 7.40am - 7pm
Friday 16th April, 8.45am - 12pm & 1pm - 6.50pm
Saturday 17th April, 8.40am - 9.50am

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One Million Downloads!

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Ruhel Ali Ruhel Ali | 13:56 UK time, Monday, 22 March 2010

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A couple of weeks ago we had some fantastic news from Nintendo. We reached the one million mark. That's one million BBC iPlayer Wii channels downloaded, by you, the audience. This is a phenomenal achievement considering we only launched in November!

Since January the Wii has accounted for 4% of all TV viewing on BBC iPlayer across all platforms. This has now grown to 5% for February. To put these figure into perspective, we had 116 million requests in February.

So to commemorate all this, we have released an update that enables some long awaited features. One of the features that we are most proud of and one that a lot of viewers wanted was the Resume Playback function.

You can now resume watching partially viewed programmes from the point you were watching previously, like you can on the web version of BBC iPlayer. Plus we have added a list of your previously watched programmes. You can see that in action within the improved home page.

That's not all we've improved, Search was one of the areas that you all like. But some viewers expected to be able to search using alphanumeric search. So we created a nice keypad toggle to switch between numbers and letters.

Other subtle improvements have been made, as well as some changes to the underlying code, which will improve the overall service.

The feedback we have received from you has helped to shape this release, we really appreciate your continued feedback. We had a number of viewers express their thoughts on the service via twitter and comments to the original blog posts in November.

We hope you continue to use and enjoy BBC iPlayer on Wii, if you have any comments or suggestions about the new features please feel free to comment.

BBC iPlayer on Wii version 1.1

Red Button and widescreen

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Andrew Bowden Andrew Bowden | 08:30 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

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One of the questions we occasionally get asked is why our red button services aren't built in widescreen.

As it's now very hard to buy a traditionally shaped television, and widescreen has become the new standard, it's a fair question to ask.

The answer boils down to the fact that most digital devices still only allow us to build services in a traditional 4:3 format - even if the device is HD.

We build our services in 720x576 - the size of a standard definition television picture, and resolutely 4:3. When viewed on a widescreen TV, the picture is simply stretched out to fill the whole screen and it's not possible to find out how someone's TV is set up - there are no flags available to us to tell us whether someone is viewing in 4:3 or widescreen, so we can't do any detection and arrange the service appropriately.

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What's On BBC Red Button: 6th - 26th March

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John Horth | 16:51 UK time, Friday, 5 March 2010


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

The UK Asian Music Awards*

UK Asian Music AwardsThe UK Asian Music Awards are the British Asian equivalent of the Brits, and for this year's event BBC Red Button will be on hand to bring you the very best of the awards.
Front of house, BBC Asian Network's Bobby Friction will be hosting the star-filled ceremony from London's Royal Festival Hall with Murtz reigning backstage granting viewers exclusive access to all the stars and antics.

Press red for performances from Imran Khan, Jaz Dhami, Mumzy and Talvin Singh.
The awards to be presented include Best Album, Female, Male, Producer, Urban and International Acts - and the overall Outstanding Achievement gong.

Full details of the nominees and photo highlights can be seen on the Asian Network website.

Sky & Virgin:
Wednesday 17th March, 6pm - Wednesday 24th March, 4am

Wednesday 17th March, 6pm - Friday 19th March, 12pm
Friday 19th March, 1pm - 6.45pm & 9.10pm - 8.50am (20th)
Saturday 20th March, 11.10am - 2.20pm & 6.10pm - 9.50pm
Sunday 21st March, 1.10am - 1.35pm & 4.15pm - Wednesday 24th March, 4am

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