From Wikipedia: It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tending towards more 'highbrow' programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One. Like the BBC's other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence, and is therefore commercial-free. It is a comparatively well funded public service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most current public service networks worldwide. - en.wikipedia.org read more about BBC Two on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).
Freeview multiplex: BBC Two is on multiplex PSB1 in England Scotland Northern Ireland Wales .
The £528.3m BBC Two budget is funded by the £3,596m Television Licence Fee, and represents 14.7% of all BBC spending - that's about 42p per week per person.
Is the channel live, pre-recorded, new content or repeats?
BBC Two has live presentation, but almost all programmes are pre-recorded, with the exeption of The Daily Politics and Newsnight. Almost all shows are commissioned by the BBC and most have having their first showing.
What's the channel's unique selling point?
A healthy diet of lifestyle programmes, documentaries, comedy, quiz programmes and drama.
The programme schedule highlights
6pm quiz, 6:30pm popular history, 10pm entertainment, 10:30pm Newsnight.
The bits to avoid
The afternoon schedule (The Weakest Link, Flog It!) is lacking the imagination of peak time programmes.
This channel carries a subtitles service for the deaf, hard of hearing and quiet environments.
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Dave Sunday 8 June 2008 3:56PM Gloucester
Hi, Can anyone help, I am having problems getting BBC1 and BBC2, I have all the other feeview channels fine. I have a wide band aerial pointing to Mendip, I live in Huntly in the forrest of Dean, my closest TX is Ridge hill but due to a big hill and a tree I can`t pick it up. I live in a Bunglow with the aerial just above the roof line.Has anyone got any sugestions?
i have an old skybox with viewing card. I cant get bbc2 or channel 4.
I cant seem to find a way of rescanning . the phone line is plugged in. Does my satellitte dish need realigning? or is it just the box?
I am keen to move to Freesat but am an avid rugby watcher and currently I am able to watch the Magners league on either S4C or BBC2 Wales. However, it appears that BBC 2 Wales is not available on freesat. Is this correct?
i cant seem to get bbc 2 on my tv, it has freeview built in and i wasnt getting 1 or 2, i used auto start and managed to get bbc 1 and ive got every other channel but i cant seem to get bbc 2 for some reason, can anyone help or is it a problem in the cumbernauld area just now, any help much appreciated cheers.
Mark A. Saturday 18 June 2011 1:44PM Haywards Heath
BBC2 analogue closes down first, then BBC1, ITV (or STV in Scotland) and Channel 4 two weeks later.
It sounds like you where viewing BBC2 analogue and not BBC2 digital.
All the BBC channels are on the same multiplex, so if you can get BBC3, BBC News etc you can get BBC2 digital.
George: If you are watching the analogue channels, BBC2 was switched off on 6th July 2011 and replaced by a high power digital multiplex which carries all the BBC channels. The remaining analogue signals will be switched off at Sudbury on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 and replaced by mux D3+4 ( ITV1&2, C4, C5 etc) and mux BBCB which carries HD channels. To continue watching TV you will need a Freeviewbox or a TV with an in-built digital tuner. If the problem is loss of BBC2 on a digital receiver you will need to do a factory reset to clear the channel list of all old data then do a scan for channels which should find and store the channels on the current frequency.
I have reset the TV channels after the Sutton Coldfield switch over and all is fine. However, I cannot tune the Recorder into BBC2 or Ch. 5 either manually or automatically. I have a digital tv, no Freeviewbox or anything. Feel if I could find the channel number of BBC2/Ch. 5 it would help. I have 46 for BBC1, 40 for ITV and 50 for Ch4. I can record all these okay. I can also record BBC2 if I set the recorder to AV1 but have to have the TV on that channel throughout.
Pensioner 69: I'm assuming you mean an old video cassette recorder (VCR). Analogue is now being switched off completely - analogue BBC Two no longer broadcasts from Sutton Coldfield. The other analogue channels will go on the 21st. Channel 5 should still be around for the next two weeks, but was always more difficult to receive as it broadcasts on a low channel from the Lichfieldmast.
To record digital TV programmes other than the one you're watching, you need to add a Freeviewbox to decode the signal for the VCR, and set the VCR up to record from that - this would probably be AV2 on the VCR. It is a lot easier to get a hard disk-based recorder, generally called a Personal Video Recorder (PVR).
I've autotuned my Panasonic Freeview HDD/DVD recorder after switchover, but now we don't have BBC2 on it? What do I need to do to get it on there - looking at various websites they seem to have instructions for groups of missing channels, but we have got BBC One.
Jules: If the version of your recorder is fitted with both Freeview and analogue tuners, make sure that you do not select the analogue channel which no longer receives BBC2. Also, did you clear the channel list before doing a scan for channels? Is there a BBC2 in the 800's of the channel list? It might be worth doing a complete scan with the aerial unplugged, so that "no channels" are found, then do a scan with the aerial plugged in. This apparently solves the problem of the receiver failing to see certain channels when scanning.
Kevin Watkins: When retuned, some equipment seems to store some of the channels in temporary memory rather than in persistent storage. Do a 'first time installation', 'factory reset' or 'default setting' to ensure all existing channel information is fully cleared out, before retuning. This option may be on a 'Software Update' or 'Service' menu rather than on the tuning menu.
See TV Re-tune for guides on how to retune specific equipment.
Robin: Could you please clarify as to whether you are using a Skybox or a Freeview TV / box? as its your reference to BBC2 via a Sky card as well as mentioning Heathfield that I find confusing as there is no connection between them.
However, no matter what mode you are using "if" the receiver is being coupled into a TV via a scart lead then make sure that both scart connector plugs are firmly seated into the sockets on each device, this done by removing the plug at each end (in turn) and then reinserting it.