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BBC to switch off red button text

Service to end in early 2020 (September 2019)

AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Someone I know was bemoaning about this the other day. Took me a while to register what he meant when he said the "BBC Sport app was closing". I understand the not having the internet argument but with a £39m running cost? Shocked That's a hard one to justify in the current climate.

God knows how that's costing them £39m a year though.
OM
Omnipresent London London
There was a small protest group, citing accessibility issues, outside NBH this morning.
BM
BM11
Asa posted:
Someone I know was bemoaning about this the other day. Took me a while to register what he meant when he said the "BBC Sport app was closing". I understand the not having the internet argument but with a £39m running cost? Shocked That's a hard one to justify in the current climate.

God knows how that's costing them £39m a year though.

Can the Iplayer handle multiple live streams as the BBC Sport website often has.
Not sure how it's 39m when they just replicas of the phone apps.
Last edited by BM11 on 27 January 2020 10:31pm
BM
BM11
Virgin have begun ditching a few SD simulcasts - slowly but surely we might be moving in the right direction.

Taking this back on topic what is the situation with BBC text on cable - is it now the "connected" version by default. Also is the connected version available on SkyQ - I know on Sky+ only the text version was available.

Reduces how much people can record - when ITV Hub wont put subtitles on pre 2016 tv's that not the best option for catchup.
NG
noggin Founding member
BM11 posted:
Asa posted:
Someone I know was bemoaning about this the other day. Took me a while to register what he meant when he said the "BBC Sport app was closing". I understand the not having the internet argument but with a £39m running cost? Shocked That's a hard one to justify in the current climate.

God knows how that's costing them £39m a year though.

Can the Iplayer handle multiple live streams as the BBC Sport website often has.
Not sure how it's 39m when they just replicas of the phone apps.


Yes - the iPlayer can handle live streams that aren't 'channels'. They were doing it over the weekend with an FA Cup stream.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
They've been doing those extra Wimbledon streams on the iplayer for years.
BM
BM11
They've been doing those extra Wimbledon streams on the iplayer for years.

They have been on the soon to close BBC Sport connected tv App.

In TV Choice magazine today someone from Johnstone is moaning about the License fee being used to provide internet only services and it being unfair on them because they don't have the internet but are forced to pay for it - that's the level of luddite thinking out there in the public
Last edited by BM11 on 28 January 2020 10:04am
TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
BM11 posted:
They've been doing those extra Wimbledon streams on the iplayer for years.

They have been on the soon to close BBC Sport connected tv App.

In TV Choice magazine today someone from Johnstone is moaning about the License fee being used to provide internet only services and it being unfair on them because they don't have the internet but are forced to pay for it - that's the level of luddite thinking out there in the public


Where were they when BBC Three closed down?
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
BM11 posted:
They've been doing those extra Wimbledon streams on the iplayer for years.

They have been on the soon to close BBC Sport connected tv App.

In TV Choice magazine today someone from Johnstone is moaning about the License fee being used to provide internet only services and it being unfair on them because they don't have the internet but are forced to pay for it - that's the level of luddite thinking out there in the public


Where were they when BBC Three closed down?


But it didn't close down, there's still a link on the website to BBC Three so it's still there and we'll hear nothing else. Laughing
MI
TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
BM11 posted:
Asa posted:
Someone I know was bemoaning about this the other day. Took me a while to register what he meant when he said the "BBC Sport app was closing". I understand the not having the internet argument but with a £39m running cost? Shocked That's a hard one to justify in the current climate.

God knows how that's costing them £39m a year though.

Can the Iplayer handle multiple live streams as the BBC Sport website often has.
Not sure how it's 39m when they just replicas of the phone apps.


Yes - the iPlayer can handle live streams that aren't 'channels'. They were doing it over the weekend with an FA Cup stream.

...and billed as the first pop-up channel ever done by the iPlayer
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/fa-cup-pop-up

There must be technical reason why this counted as the first iPlayer pop-up TV channel rather than the Wimbledon, Olympics and Glastonbury streams that been available until now - presumably not a simulcast of a red button stream, nor a raw-feed style service.
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
There must be technical reason why this counted as the first iPlayer pop-up TV channel rather than the Wimbledon, Olympics and Glastonbury streams that been available until now - presumably not a simulcast of a red button stream, nor a raw-feed style service.


I'd guess because it had an actual schedule with programmes on it, as opposed to a stream that appears for one event and then closes off.
TE
Technologist London London
.....and to reflect that the meaning of “streams” have changed ....
and or the BBC Publicity not realising that Red Button video was NOT a channel ....
Even though it was curated which is why this iPlayer service is a Channel.

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