The BBC has launched a connected version of its red button service for a range of Samsung and Sony smart TVs. LG sets will get the same treatment later this year.
Hitting the red button while watching a BBC channel will bring up a variety of programmes and additional information. Essentially, the red button makes it possible for smart TV viewers to access on demand content without having to launch a separate application like BBC iPlayer.
Other features include access to weather forecasts, news and sports stories.
“Since the launch of Connected Red Button in 2012, the BBC has brought audiences more of the content they love on their TV – by simply pressing red. We’re thrilled to extend this to even more viewers – and look forward to adding more features and functionality in 2014 – which promises to be another an epic year of live events from the BBC,” said Roux Joubert, general manager, products and on demand at the BBC.
To find out if your smart TV is compatible with the new connected red button service, check out the BBC website.