How do I use the Red Button?

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.

The BBC's Red Button service allows you to access additional television programming, live coverage from major sporting and cultural events, sports scores, lottery and weather information as well as the latest breaking national and global news stories. For more information on what sports will be shown on the BBC Red Button, have a look at the following page: What live sports will be shown on the Red Button?

It's 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.

The Red Button graphic can be removed from your screen by one simple action, dependent on the platform you are watching on:

  • 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