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Friday, 12 April, 2002, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
World Cup goes interactive
How interactive TV looks with BBCi

World Cup 2002 is so much more than a game of two halves on your TV through BBCi this summer.

Digital TV viewers will be spoilt for choice with extra live and repeated World Cup matches, every kick of every game, non-stop news from the England camp out in Japan and Korea, plus highlights and interactive Talk Forums every evening.

Which extra TV services you get depends on which digital TV company you're signed up with, but rest assured, there's more World Cup footage for every digital TV viewer through BBCi.

You can find all the information you need on how to get connected, plus details of interactive services and the various digital TV companies at

What's available:


Sky or Digital Satellite

During live matches, viewers should press the Red Button on the remote control to access:

  • Alternative commentary from BBC Sport, BBC Radio Five Live or stadium sound

  • Looped highlights from the current game

  • Live footage from 'clashing' group matches or analysis with a high-level tactical view

  • Live stats such as shots on goal, corners and possession

Outside of live games, viewers should press the Text Button to access the Multiscreen service, which offers:

  • England news, with footage of all the stories, press conferences, interviews and repeated England games

  • Interactive Talk Forums every evening between 2000BST and 2100BST linked live to BBC Radio Five Live and the BBCi World Cup website.

  • Every World Cup match repeated at regular intervals. There are also round-up Highlights packages with all the goals and drama from the greatest show on earth.


Digital Terrestrial

For the first time, Digital Terrestrial viewers can watch interactive video footage via their aerial by pressing the Text button.

Alongside live match coverage, two extra video streams will be available.

Press the Red Button then select from a choice of looped highlights or the extra option showing live games simultaneously, using the on-screen pop-up menu.

Outside of live games, two video streams are available showing England news, repeated England matches and highlights of the tournament's best action

Digital Terrestrial coverage also offers Interactive Talk Forums every evening between 2000BST and 2100BST linked live to BBC Radio Five Live and the BBCi World Cup website.

You can access the channels directly by selecting channels 701 and 702.

If you are unable to find these you may have to perform a channel search on your Digital set top box.


Digital Cable

Telewest

The extra World Cup video services for Telewest viewers are listed below.

During live matches, viewers should press the Red Button on the remote control to access:

  • Alternative commentary from BBC Sport, BBC Radio Five Live or stadium sound

  • Looped highlights from the current game

  • England news, with footage of all press conferences, interviews and repeated games and highlights of the tournament's best action

  • Interactive Talk Forums every evening between 2000BST and 2100BST linked live to BBC Radio Five Live and the BBCi World Cup website

  • Live footage from 'clashing' group matches or analysis with a high-level tactical view

Outside of live matches, Telewest will carry three extra World Cup video streams on EPG numbers 951, 952 and 953 offering England news, Talk Forums and repeated matches.

NTL

Outside of live matches, NTL will carry three extra World Cup video streams on EPG numbers 997, 998 and 999 offering England news, Talk Forums and repeated matches.


Kingston Communications (Hull)

During live matches, Broadband TV viewers should press the Red Button on the remote control to access:

  • Additional audio streams from BBC Sport and BBC Radio Five Live

  • Looped highlights

  • Live 'clashing' group matches and analysis high-level camera pictures

Outside of live games, three video streams are available offering England news, Talk Forums and repeated matches.


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