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Temporary BBC Red Button Freeview stream returns for the summer

The BBC is to offer an extra red button stream on Freeview between June and August, providing extra coverage from Wimbledon, Glastonbury and the Commonwealth Games.

Ofcom has approved a deal between the BBC and commercial multiplex operator Arqiva. The approval allows the BBC to take capacity normally reserved for commercial TV services, that would otherwise remain unused, for a 'pop-up' red button stream. The stream is in addition to the normal BBC Red Button stream on channel 301.

The extra red button stream is permitted to be on air from 16th June until and including 3rd August 2014, and broadcast on the same digital multiplex currently used for Viva and 4Music (multiplex Arqiva B/COM6).

This is the third time that the BBC has been granted consent to launch a temporary pop-up red button service on Freeview, following a similar service last June and in February during the Winter Olympics.

Viewers with the latest or recent LG, Samsung and Sony smart TV models will be able to get extra coverage of this summer's big sport and music events via the BBC's Connected Red Button, which offers numerous extra streams delivered via broadband internet.


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