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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK

Games go interactive

The world's biggest sporting stars will be on screen live and interactive via BBC Sport for over 14 hours a day for the Commonwealth Games this July.

As well as coverage of the latest action from all 72 events, digital TV viewers will have up to five times as much choice of sporting heroes, and over 1,000 hour of extra TV footage exclusively through BBCi.

For the first time ever with a multi-sport event, every digital viewer can take control of their TV and decide which events they watch.

It is your opportunity to see complete start-to-finish action from sports not shown on linear BBC TV coverage.

The services available on each of the digital platforms are explained below.

All of the extra Games footage can be accessed by pressing the Red Button on the remote control during live Manchester 2002 broadcasts on any BBC channel - no matter what digital platform you're signed up with.

What's available:


Sky and Telewest

The interactive TV services available to viewers with either a Sky (Digital Satellite) or Telewest (Digital Cable) connection will be identical.

There will be a total of five TV choices showing live and highlighted video streams across all 72 events.

The Red Button takes the viewer through to a Multiscreen with five 'mini screens' appearing down the left hand side of the TV picture.

A text-box informing the viewer of "what's on now" and "what's on next" appears alongside each 'mini screen', so they can choose what to watch now and later.


Digital Terrestrial

Any Digital Terrestrial viewer with an adapter, set-top box or smart card TV will be able to choose from up to four video streams of different events.

The only requirement is that the viewer has performed an 'add channels' update to update their set-top box to receive the extra video.

Details in how to get the extra video services are available in the Menu section of the BBC digital text service.

The Red Button on the remote control is again the route to extra TV footage.

A menu box appears in the right-hand corner of the screen allowing the viewer to scroll down and select a choice of the live BBC1 or BBC2 broadcast, plus a choice of two other sports.


NTL

For digital viewers signed-up with NTL, there will be a full Commonwealth Games text-based service.

It will offer the latest headline news from Manchester 2002, a medals table, winners and daily schedules, experts' view, team profiles, an events guide and a M2002 message board for chat with like-minded Games fans.

The text service can be accessed through the BBCi content area.

NTL viewers will also be able to choose from a selection extra TV footage by pressing the red button and following on-screen instructions


Kingston Communications (Hull)

Kingston viewers in the Hull area, prompted to 'press the red button' by the on-screen BBCi logo, will be able to access four video streams from a multiscreen plus video on demand content from all of the events.


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