A couple little snippets from the BBC blog...
BBC iPlayer will become the home of much of the video content that is currently available on the BBC Sport and BBC News apps on TVs.
...This seems to imply that the video clip elements of the News and Sports apps will be hosted via the iPlayer. Presumably some audio clips (are there any currently?) will also be available via the BBC Sounds app.
And just to stress, it is just the red-button text service that is closing. The video elements - such as allowing you to watch extra courts at Wimbledon, or stages from Glastonbury - will continue.
Does this mean the red button stream will also still be available on Freeview, albeit just one stream compared to other platforms?
It's good to see that the BBC Sounds app is coming to connected TV. It's been a few years since BBC radio catchup was last available on Virgin Media (I've no idea if it used to be possible on Sky). As Brekkie speculated I wouldn't be entirely surprised if the long term plan might be to eventually axe the radio channels from Sky & Virgin if further cost savings are needed. They'd be able to cite how much the BBC Sounds app is used since it launched as the reason/excuse.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer