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BBC Red Button further reduced

October 3, 2012

The BBC is to further reduce the video offering on its Red Button service on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media down from five streams to one, bringing them into line with the offering on Freeview.

BBC Vision said the consolidation of the video service was necessary because the cost of using linear broadcast technology to deliver multiple streams but it denied it was the demise of Red Button services. However, the reduction in the number of video streams will mean that the BBC will no longer be able to offer multiscreen coverage of big events via broadcast platforms. The multiscreen services will continue to be available online.

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