BBC launches Connected Red Button on range of Samsung and Sony Smart TVs

The BBC has launched a beta version of its Connected Red Button service on a range of Samsung and Sony smart TVs and confirmed it will be available on LG smart TVs in early 2014.

The BBC Connected Red Button lets viewers watch programmes any time, day or night, even when the channel is off air. It also offers viewers the chance to catch up on previous episodes of shows and discover new ones as well as provide additional streams, clips and contents from sports and music events such as Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

The BBC Connected Red Button first launched on Virgin Media’s TiVo service in December 2012 and is currently being used by 13 million people per week. The BBC has announced that over time it will add more features to the service, including lottery results, detailed weather forecasts and improved functionality, as well as extend the service to other Smart TV platforms in the future.

“Since the launch of Connected Red Button in 2012, the BBC has brought audiences more of the content they love on their TV – by simply pressing red. We’re thrilled to extend this to even more viewers – and look forward to adding more features and functionality in 2014 – which promises to be another an epic year of live events from the BBC,” said Roux Joubert, General Manager, Products & On Demand at the BBC.

Guy Kinnell, Head of TV & AV at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: "Following the success of BBC News, BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer on the Samsung Smart Hub, we're excited to welcome another great BBC service to the platform. BBC Connected Red Button will provide Samsung customers with a wealth of interactive services from the comfort of the living room all whilst enhanced by the premium picture quality and revolutionary product design of our Smart TVs.’’

DTG Staff  |  10.01.2014

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