BBC launches next-gen sport app on smart TVs

The BBC has today launched its new sport app for smart, connected TVs, enabling viewers to access the BBC's interactive coverage of major sporting events via the BBC red button.

Initially focusing on Formula 1, the BBC Sport app will bring together live streams, on-demand video and additional content.

During races there'll be access to on-board cameras and the 'driver tracker' that shows where each car is on the circuit. As well as the races themselves, there will be full coverage of practice and qualifying sessions.

In the coming months, the BBC Sport app will be expanded to include coverage of Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

During Euro 2012 and Wimbledon, the new BBC Sport app will offer a range of alternative coverage options in line with those offered on the BBC Sport website, including additional matches/games, choice of audio commentary options, stats and rolling highlights.

Throughout the London 2012 Olympics Games, the new BBC Sport app will give audiences access to 2,500 hours of content and up to 24 simultaneous live events, all in high definition, ensuring that, for the first time ever, millions of viewers across the UK will be able to watch every Olympic sport, live from every venue.

From today, the BBC News and Sport apps will both be available on Virgin Media's TiVo service, bringing the BBC red button service to around 500,000 Virgin TiVo homes for free.

The BBC Sport app will be made available on a range of additional devices soon. For more information, read this BBC blog by Aaron Scullion, executive product manager, BBC Future Media.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.