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.
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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John Gleeson Tuesday 15 May 2012 12:52PM
I know that I'm in the minority, but I have a non Sky, non Freesat satellitereceiver 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 I’m able to find out through other sources what these new frequencies are. I’m particularly keen once available in knowing the frequencies the BBC will use for the various Olympic Games events coverage.
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.
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 terrestrialFreeview. 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.
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
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.