Connected Red Button, which has previously launched on Virgin Media and Freesat, dispenses with the old carousel format that meant viewers would join a news story halfway through. It also adds the possibility of multiple video streams assigned to major events.
Richard Halton, CEO of YouView, said: “We are delighted to give YouView customers the best in free-to-air functionality. New BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button are just two of the many ways we’re evolving and improving the YouView on demand TV service, ensuring seamless and easy access to great TV for everyone.”
YouView is now in over 1 million connected UK homes through BT, TalkTalk and boxes sold at retail.
The two new services launch today in a staggered rollout for YouView Humax retail set-top boxes and YouView from BT set-top boxes. This update will be added to YouView from TalkTalk set-top boxes in due course.