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Changes to BBC services for the Olympic Games

The BBC is making changes to their services over the period of the Olympic Games to allow viewers to get the most from the event. In particular BBC three will broadcast during the daytime for the first time, BBC Parliament will close on Freeview and CBBC in the unswitched regions (North East and Northern Ireland) will require a retune.

The BBC is making changes to their services over the period of
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BBC three

BBC three will be used to cover the Olympic Games and will, during the event, broadcast during the day. To allow this to happen, the channel has moved transponders on satellite (to number 45), and on Freeview the BBC Parliament channel will close down, but run the usual summer service on cable and satellite.

BBC three will prove a useful addition as it can be found without knowledge of "red button" or "interactive" services.

Freeview HD - the fifth slot

On Freeview HD, a fifth slot (alongside BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV1 HD and C4/S4C HD) was to be allocated to Channel 5 HD, but will be used for the Olympic fortnight for "301 HD", a high definition version of the "first interactive screen" on channel 304. Before the games, the "slot" will be used to provide the access to the Olympic Arts project "The Space" on Freeview HD channel number 117.

Red Button 302

The long-since deleted second interactive stream on Freeview, channel 302, will make a return from 7pm each evening during the games, whilst CBBC is off air. As BBC three and CBBC normally share a "slot", whilst BBC Parliament is off-air, 302 will broadcast when CBBC closes down each evening.

CBBC in Northern Ireland and North East England

In the two areas which will not have done digital switchover before the start of the games, CBBC will be broadcast on Multplex B, and will appear as channel 73 on Freeview, with the usual channel 70 being off-air for the fortnight.

BBC Radio 5 live Olympics Extra

There will be an extra BBC DAB channel, BBC Radio 5 Live Olmpics Extra on DAB from July 23, in addition to 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra. You may need to retune to find the service.

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Monday, 9 July 2012
Des Collier

5:53 PM

sharealam:- thanks on that one,will check my tv & do the necessary.

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Sunday, 15 July 2012
Des Collier

5:03 PM

304 HD now on belmont's epg.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012
4:57 PM

what is the maxamim height of roof aerial

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j.ferguson's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 28 July 2012
9:33 PM

I have to admit to being a bit confused over the Olympic channels being broadcast by the BBC. I thought they were doing 20 or so channels, which I also therefore assumed was on terrestrial Freeview. Is this not the case (because I can't find them)? I also (fortunately) have a Humax Foxsat HD PVR (Freesat) which does indeed have the 20-odd channels, all in HD, which is great.

Afterwards, can we please have Film4 in HD?

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Donald's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 30 July 2012
6:37 AM

We get all bbc channels, but after ten seconds our so this cuts to a black screen and says "due to technical difficulties the service you require it's unavailable" although if we leave the tv guide on we can view in the small box next to it,but thats not really ideal.
I have done a re instal of all channels, have found no other channels except for those already there, so I am at a loss as to how we can view bbc this has only just happened

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Elaine's 2 posts GB flag
6:39 AM

Forgot to say we are based in east yorkshire

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Dave Lindsay

12:06 PM

Elaine: I put the message (as you gave it within the quotes) into Google and it came up with a number of pages where people were commenting that it has something to do with the BBC interactive (Red Button) services. The fact that the BBC channels are viewable through the Guide suggests that they are there.

"BBC Red Button" should be on Logical Channel Number (LCN) 105; this normally gives a blank screen. You should also have two streams on LCNs 301 and 302, the latter being a temporary one for the Olympics. Check that they are there and not in the 800s, for example.

Failing that, maybe there is a way to disable the interactive services on your receiver. This will of course disable the Red Button.

These are some general thoughts and pointers as to what I'd try in your situation as I don't have an exact answer.

If you do find a solution, please let us know what you did as it might help others with the same query. Also, it might be useful to know the make and model number of the receiver you are using.

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