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BBCi is the brand name for the BBC's interactive television services. The name was introduced in November 2001 and originally encompassed the corporation's online services, which were returned to their original name, bbc.co.uk, from May 6 2004.

The services are broadcast on digital cable, digital satellite and digital terrestrial television (Freeview). They include text and video based services, and enhanced television programmes which offer extra information, video or quizzes.

BBCi, the new Digital Teletext Service for the BBC, replaces most of CEEFAX, the oldest teletext service in the world. However, CEEFAX can still be received via analogue broadcasts.

The BBCi digital text service has been criticised for taking a long time to load and being hard to navigate. Navigating to lottery results requires navigating through many submenus, whilst on CEEFAX users could enter simply enter the page number 555. The BBC has attempted to rectify these problems by reintroducing page numbers - on November 10 2004 they introduced CEEFAX-style page numbers on Digital Satellite and page numbers on the Freeview service were introduced in December 2004. The page numbers used are the same as those of CEEFAX, although BBCi exclusive pages are given a 4 digit number.

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