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Watching the London 2012 Olympics - a guide (part 2)
The will be 26 television channels dedicated to the Olympics during the games, as well as an extra radio station. And you will need to ensure you have the right boxes and cables if you want to watch in High Definition.
Starting at 11pm on Wednesday 25th July 2012, the BBC will have a "pop up" radio station on DAB and online. You can tune to this station now on any DAB radio. It is called BBC R5L Olympics (or BBC R5O). This station is in addition to Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
1) Press Auto Tune or Auto Scan button on your radio; the display screen will show Autotune Quick scan / Fast Scanning; as new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to this list - It may take a couple of minutes for your radio to update the station list.
2) Press menu button on your DAB radio; rotate the Tune button until you see Autotune in the display; select Autotune; s new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to the list; this should only take a couple of minutes.
BBC Olympic channels on Freeview, Freeesat and Freesat-from-Sky
BBC One (and BBC One HD) will be dedicated to the Olympics, and BBC three will broadcast all day (with the BBC HD channel carrying the high defintion version of BBC three), in addition there will be up to two dozen more, making 26 channels in all.
Q2 Does your HDTV have built in Freeview HD or Freesat HD?
Most HD televisions sold in the UK are "HD Ready", which means that they are capable of showing high definition pictures, but only from an external box.
Some, more expensive, TV sets have Freeview HD or Freesat HD built in.
If your TV set has the Freeview HD logo, it can receive what are known as "DVB-T2" transmissions, which means you get HD direct from the TV aerial connection. If this is the case, see Q4. If the set is "HD Ready with Freeview" it means you can't.
Some high end sets have Freesat HD built in, where you can watch the free high definition channels from satellite. For this to work you will have to use the satellite connection on the set. Remember that set will also have standard definition Freeview, so pictures from the normal TV aerial will not be in high definition.
Q3 If your HDTV doesn't have built-in reception - do you have a Freeview HD or Freesat HD box and the correct cables?
If you have an HD Ready television, you can connect it to an external set-top box to receive either Freeview HD or Freesat HD.
You must make sure that you connect the box to the television set using an HDMI cable. If you use a SCART lead you won't have HD.
Q4 If you want to use Freeview HD, does it transmit in your area yet?
Whilst most of the country has now has Freeview HD transmissions, as they are introduced on the last day of digital switchover, some notable areas do not, in particular Northern Ireland. In the North East (Pontop Pike) a pre-switchover Freeview HD service operates before switchover on low-power.
Q5 Do you remember to switch to the HD versions of BBC One
You do not automatically get to watch BBC One in high defintion, you will need to select the correct channel number.
On Freeview HD, 50 must be selected for BBC One HD, 54 for BBC HD.
On Freesat HD, you must choose 108 for BBC One HD, 109 for BBC HD.
On Freesat-from-Sky HD, you have to choose 143 for BBC One HD, 169 for BBC HD.
Hello, I'm having problems receiving 8 of the 24 BBC Olympics HD channels (on satellite frequencies 11914 H and 12304 H). Channels memorize fine but report "no signal". I use a TechniStar S2 receiver. Does someone have similar experience or could someone help? Thanks!
As I thought the 24 Sky channels are 1920x1080 as opposed to BBC's 1440x1080. The odd thing is BBC One HD is in dolby 5.1 and the 24 channels are in stereo. So you have a choice of a sharper picture or dolby 5.1. Very odd.
Hi, thanks for giving out the full frequency parameters of all the BBC Olympic satelliteservices. I have a generic satellite receiver, so I'm a truly full FREE VIEW satellite TV & Radio viewer/listener, not a Sky or Freesat viewer who dictate to you in one form or another what services you can/can't watch/listen to. It really gets to me when you try to get this information from other sources. I once tried ringing Argos TV to get their frequency & it was like you're talking a foreign language to them. They hadn't a clue what I was talking about. Anyway there still are a few enlightened folk about like yourselves who know exactly what I'm talking about. Many thanks
Briantist: I see the BBC Olympic streams are transmitting in 1920x1080 pixels. BBC One HD and BBC HD have been transmitting for some time as 1920x1080pixels. The live coverage on BBC Olympics 14 HD Stream is 1920x1080pixels, the camera they are using must be 320x240pixels
"For 3D to work on BBC HD, we have to broadcast it at "1920 horizontal resolution", ie, with 1920 pixels across the width of the screen. Usually we broadcast conventional HD at 1440 resolution on digital terrestrial and digital satellite television, so we make a special change to our settings to broadcast BBC HD at 1920 when we need to do 3D broadcasts.
Making this change involves a fair amount of effort, plus there's always the risk that something goes awry. To minimise the effort and risk, I decided that we should broadcast BBC HD at 1920 for an extended period - from May to September. Then, to be fair to the other HD channels we broadcast in BBC controlled capacity on Freeview HD (BBC One HD, ITV1HD, Channel 4 HD*) we investigated whether we could broadcast all of them at 1920 resolution. I'm delighted to say that thanks to a huge amount of work from some very clever people in BBC Research & Development and our suppliers we can do that this summer. We implemented the changes in May to allow us to offer 3D coverage across the great summer of programming and we have moved BBC One HD on Sky and Freesat to 1920 too.
As regular readers of the BBC's blogs will know, 1920 resolution is something we've been aspiring to for some time so I thought I'd explain a bit about the considerations involved. We have to consider the trade-off between the benefits to our audiences of our being able to fit a whole extra channel into the multiplex (whether on digital terrestrial or digital satellite) versus any perceived picturequality benefits of increasing to 1920 resolution. At present the benefits are most apparent on 3D programming. Thanks to some upgrades of our coder systems along with many other tweaks to the way we multiplex services together, this summer we've been able to achieve 1920 on all the channels, whilst the gains would not have been sufficient to broadcast an additional channel. At the moment there is still a question about whether we'll be able to sustain 1920 resolution for the long term; I'll let you know more news on this when we have it."
Mark Agius Wednesday 25 July 2012 9:39PM Haywards Heath
The EPG in my Sky SD box lists the channels as:
450 BBC Olympic 1
451 BBC Olympic 2
' ' '
472 BBC Olympic 23
473 BBC Olympic 24
474 BBC Olym 1 HD 475 BBC Olym 2 HD
' ' '
496 BBC Olym 23 HD
497 BBC Olym 24 HD
But if I watch a different channel every day,
by the time I've seen them all the Olympics will have come and gone.
Please help I watch my tv through sky but I no longer have a subscription. I cannot see the extra 24 channels, do I need to manually add the channels or can i get all 24 through the red button? reading all this but it's very confusing not sure what to do. I can see the add a channel button on my sky box so do I just tap the codes in?
I have followed your guide to configure the extra BBC olympic HD channels on my Windows Media Center 7 PC with Freesat tuners. Thank you VERY much for it. However there is no EPG (programme guide) available within Media Center for the extra channels. Does anyone know if I can get EPG for olympic events? It is going to be pretty difficult to record the events I am interested in without it. Many thanks.
I managed to tune in 24 SD channels and 24 HD channels.
On the SD channels there's a good mix of stuff together with a programme guide with SD channel numbers against the broadcasts.
On HD I find different stuff. The guide is present when there's nothing on, but this guide seems to show the content of SD channels, not HD channels.
Have I done something wrong?
Strangely 3D TV comes up as two narrow pictures side by side on my Sony TV
Freeview Olympics in wd5 is a disaster. I've never had a problem before but the extra Olympic channels freeze, stutter, and are generally unwatchable. Standard BC1, BBC1 HD etc are just fine its just the olympic channels. What can I do to fix this?
I am rather perplexed with the setup of the programmes, i have freeveiw, which allows me to access channels 1-7-301-3, all of good reception, my gripe is after finding the programme i require i find something tottally different to what is either sceduled on freeveiw or in the papers.when i go on the channel, then the info button it May say rowing you switch to this but comes up boxing
I have HD Ready Finlux TV but I do not get channels 50 or 54 on Freeview which is enabled on the TV set, ie, no set top box. When I enter 54 in the Channel list I receive Channel 49. I get Channel 301 but I cannot see how it is interactive, it just runs and doesn't respond to any button presses. The TV is also 3d enabled - which channel should I be trying for 3d viewing. I would be grateful for any help you can give.
I can't believe it!!! How could you switch from the dressage with only two competitors to ride, to show BMX biking!! ( not sure that should even BE an olympic sport.) Bet you wouldn't have done that for the last few minutes of some football match. Yes, I know that it switched to BBC1, but for those of us who have to WORK and set the recording before we leave in the morning, that isn't terribly helpful, as the recorder doesn't allow switching mid-"block"
It is a great shame that the BBC had a monopoly of Olympics coverage. Some of their commentary was awful, some of their programming decisions were awful, and the red button guide was often plain wrong. If the other channels had been allowed access to the video streams at least we would have had a choice.