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Teletext Dies Again in 2020

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC is about to kill off the modern remnants of the very first iteration of the smart TV, with all of its interactive "Red Button" news services to close from next year -- finally ending the old person's favourite method of getting live sporting information and the weather forecast out of their televisions.

Teletext in the UK previously died alongside the BBC's Ceefax service and the rest of analogue terrestrial TV in 2012, only for the BBC to continue to employ people to make news available through its red button service's clunky feeds. But that's ending in January of 2020, when poor old grandad will instead have to squint at a bewildering smartphone on Saturday afternoon to see the football scores come in.

A BBC spokesperson said: "It's always a difficult decision to reduce services, and we don't take decisions like this lightly, but we have taken it because we have to balance the resources needed to maintain and develop this service with the need to update our systems to give people even better internet-based services." [Guardian]