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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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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
John Gleeson
12:52 PM

I know that I'm in the minority, but I have a non Sky, non Freesat satellite receiver where I need to input the exact frequencies to view any TV/Radio channels, the receiver will not automatically find these for me as those other receivers generally seem to. Is there any chance that you could do a listing of these frequencies on your web-site for the UK channels? I know from time to time that satellite frequencies do get altered. When this happens I can lose some of my channels & not be able to reinstate them until Im able to find out through other sources what these new frequencies are. Im particularly keen once available in knowing the frequencies the BBC will use for the various Olympic Games events coverage.

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Mike Dimmick

3:17 PM

John Gleeson: I usually use the or Astra 1N / Astra 2A / Astra 2B / Astra 2D / Eutelsat 28A (28.2°E) - All transmissions - frequencies - KingOfSat websites. However, both of those are updated by user contributions only.

The satellite broadcasters concentrate on getting the information to the EPG providers (Sky and Freesat, in the UK) and generally don't publish manual tuning information anywhere. The BBC are rare in reporting what they use: see BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Satellite frequencies of BBC channels . They usually also write a post on the BBC Internet blog saying what they're doing, for example at BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Changes to BBC services on satellite and cable this autumn .

The 24 Olympic streams are being provided by Sky on the BBC's behalf, though they will be free-to-air and available through Freesat. I don't know whether the BBC will make that information available.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

4:45 PM

TEST Message

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
11:53 AM

Changes to BBC services for the Olympic Games:
So if you don't like sport and don't have any teenage kids then you may do absolutely nothing ?

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Thursday, 24 May 2012
Des Collier

8:33 AM

Briantist:-thanks for the info,does everthing go back to normal after the olympics?

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Des's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

9:32 AM

Des Collier: Sort of normal.

The BBC budget cuts means that the extra pile of satellite streams for BBCi will reduce down to just one.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Samuel McCollum
10:06 AM

I have recently lost BBC1 & 2 & 4 and the news channel from my Freeview TV. Other Freeview Channels are still there. The lost channels were always the ones most susceptible to picture breaking up etc if the weather was bad. I am wondering if they have recently reduced the transmission signal? I tried tuning a set top box which picked the channels up fo rinstallation but then whey you try to watch it just says 'No Signal'
I live in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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Dave Lindsay

12:06 PM

Samuel McCollum: See the page for Limavady. There is engineering works going on which I imagine is in preparation for switchover. Don't do anything such as retuning; you will have to sit it out.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 June 2012

2:20 PM

new channel 304 hd called the oylmpic channel,retune required.

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sharealam's 226 posts GB flag
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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Des's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage
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