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Charlie Wells3,789 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
With most of the media distracted by politics the BBC have slipped this news out...
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BBC to switch off red button text in 2020
The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year.
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Connected TVs will still be able to access other red button services, like picking a stage to watch at Glastonbury or a court to watch at Wimbledon.

Full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49715314
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today
I'm probably one of the few people who actually used Red Button Text on my Freeview TV in my bedroom, but I'm not surprised it's going. Doubt it will see the same send-off as Ceefax though.
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Brekkie32,016 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
You can still get 24 hour news on the news channel. Very Happy

The MHEG text based service I understand. Shame about the Connected service, but it is all rather clunky. The weather service is useful though.
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RDJ2,737 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
It’s a shame. I find the MHEG service more appealing than the connected service which I find quite slow to load and clunky to navigate.

Also, connected smart TV’s have only been about for the past four or five years or so. So those with older TV’s without any kind of On Demand service are cut out.

Granted the Internet fills this gap. But those without the internet (18% of the UK) will have no method of getting at a glance news, sport or weather anymore.
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CrispyPotato92 posts since 22 Sep 2012
BBC World News
So therefore Sky users, unless Connected Red Button is launched, or the BBC News / Sports apps added, now only have access to the additional content on the 'linear' Red Button streams. Of course, Sky Q users have the Sky News app, however, that's all video.
BM111,043 posts since 2 Jun 2017
London London
So therefore Sky users, unless Connected Red Button is launched, or the BBC News / Sports apps added, now only have access to the additional content on the 'linear' Red Button streams. Of course, Sky Q users have the Sky News app, however, that's all video.

Through the BBC expects many to use connected tv to access the apps through wifi on tv.