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BBC to switch off the red button early next year

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BBC to switch off the red button early next year

The BBC is to switch off the red button text service early next year no doubt to save money

It will be still used to pick which court you wish to view at Wimbledon or stage at Glastonbury

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49715314

 

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I'm more fed up about them killing iPlayer Radio and forcing people to use the monstrosity that is BBC sounds.
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Re: BBC to switch off the red button early next year

I still miss Teletext, 150 for newsflash and 101 for the news........

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As I don't have a TV licence I don't watch BBC shows that are not on Netflix or Prime.

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@Champnet wrote:

I still miss Teletext


You can still use the BBC text service; I use it in the mornings to catch up with the main points of the news.

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Re: BBC to switch off the red button early next year

Teletext has its uses....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0m4rcx0of4

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@Jonpe wrote:

@Champnet wrote:

I still miss Teletext


You can still use the BBC text service; I use it in the mornings to catch up with the main points of the news.


Yes me too, you get just the news without too much "opinion"

I'll miss it, and if BBC cut out much more I'll miss them as well. Or perhaps not.

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@Champnet wrote:

I still miss Teletext,


It was quick easy and actually everyday useful.

They even had a few adventure games on there. Of course very simple multiple choice efforts like the old spectrum zork type.

 

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It was certainly a clever idea when teletext first came out and how they decided to make use of those flyback lines.

We were be able to bring the frame down and see all that data scramble and as it turned out, 'the shape of things to come'

Prestel, Oracle and Ceefax eh.

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Prestel, Oracle and Ceefax eh

 


4-Tel, 5 Text ... by the time they got to 5 they'd run out of clever names.

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The BBC is to switch off the red button text service early next year no doubt to save money


 

More to do with the phasing out of the increasingly redundant MHEG, and introduction of HbbTV

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I'm more fed up about them killing iPlayer Radio and forcing people to use the monstrosity that is BBC sounds.

 

I am 100% with you on this one.  There is quite a lot of radio to listen to after the event and it is now impossible on older versions of phones and tablets that are otherwise fully functional.

 

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@TeeGee wrote: and it is now impossible on older versions of phones and tablets that are otherwise fully functional

Progress comes at a cost.... to us muggings out here! Got to keep the GDP of the country up. Produce more electronics even if it still sounds the same. Your old stuff? Bin it! Sad

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I'd rather they did this than get rid of BBC4.

I've not used a TV text system since they got rid of Bamboozle.

And surely combining channels to lower thier transmission over heads would make sense. So Cbbc and BBC4 could share a channel, being CBBC from 5am to 6pm and then BBC4 onwards. And do we need BBC parliament channel? That would have been the much better choice to move to online only rather than BBC3

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I'd rather they did this than get rid of BBC4.

 

 

But they're not getting rid of BBC4

 

And surely combining channels to lower thier transmission over heads would make sense. So Cbbc and BBC4 could share a channel, being CBBC from 5am to 6pm and then BBC4 onwards.

 

 

 

Transmission is such a small part of operational costs of a channel there's little to be saved, and BBC4 already shares bandwidth with Cbeebies, so they're effectively already sharing a channel, just with two EPG slots.

 

 

 

And do we need BBC parliament channel? That would have been the much better choice to move to online only rather than BBC3

 

 

BBC Parliament's viewing figures have soared due to Brexit and is the only channel to have shown any significant growth, so arguably yes.

 

And given the demographics of the two it makes much more sense for Three to be online