Jun 302016

Rio 2016 – Olympics on the BBC

BBC Trailer for the 2016 Rio Olympic

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May 292015

The BBC has announced 30 hours of Glastonbury coverage across its TV channels this year.

There will also be coverage on an extra three BBC Red Button streams.

The Glastonbury 2015 festival runs from Wednesday 24th June, with the main events starting Friday 26th June through until Sunday 28th June 2015.

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Aug 092014

Are BT Sports to launch a “red button” extra channel service soon?

During July a number of new channels appeared on the BT Sports transponder.

The later, actual channel names have appeared – BT Sport Red Button.

This suggest some form of BT Sport multiscreen service.

Perhaps this is looking forward to the next football season when BT Sport have exclusive rights for Champions League matches. With these Red Buttons services, then BT Sports will be able to show all matches live, which would be difficult to do on their current two channels.

Or this will help this season when BT Sport can cover 170+ Europa League matches.

It is unknown when these BT Sports Red Button services will officially launch.

BT Sport Red Button Frequency Details.

Transponder 73,

Frequency 12.515 H, 22.000, 5/6.

50330 – BT Sport Red Button 1
50331 – BT Sport Red Button 2
50332 – BT Sport Red Button 3
50333 – BT Sport Red Button 4
50334 – BT Sport Red Button 5
50335 – BT Sport Red Button 6
50336 – BT Sport Red Button 7
50337 – BT Sport Red Button 8

Jun 222014

Wimbledon starts on Monday 23rd June.

TV Coverage in the UK will be provided by the BBC (.

BBC coverage will be as extensive as ever, with full coverage on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBCTwo and BBC Two HD. (

Further coverage will be available on BBC Red Button Streams (

using temporary Red Button services set up for a summer of Sports and Events (

Day 1 Monday 23 June

Centre Court
From 1:00pm

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v David Goffin (BEL)

Ladies’ Singles – First round
Paula Kania (POL) v Na Li (CHN) [2]

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Andrey Golubev (KAZ)

No.1 Court
From 1:00pm

Ladies’ Singles – First round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [8] v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] v Ryan Harrison (USA)

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [14]

No.2 Court
From 11:30am

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Victor Hanescu (ROU) v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]

Ladies’ Singles – First round
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Venus Williams (USA) [30]

Gentlemen’s Singles – First round
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

Ladies’ Singles – First round
Andreea Mitu (ROU) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]

Jun 032014

The BBC has today announced details of its Wimbledon 2014 coverage.

The 2014 tournament takes place from June 23 to July 6, with coverage on BBC television, radio and digital.

Sue Barker will once again lead the TV coverage of BBC One and Two, while Clare Balding will present on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and British number one Laura Robson have signed up to join the BBC’s Wimbledon commentary team.

Bartoli announced her retirement from the game last summer, while Robson is not playing due to wrist surgery.

Boris Becker is off the team this year, as the BBC says that he will be busy coaching after signing up to become head coach for Novak Djokovic.

Bartoli and Robson will join regulars such as Tim Henman, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, who made her debut on the commentary team in 2013.

Presenter John Inverdale, who has been replaced by Clare Balding as the host of Radio 5 Live’s Wimbledon coverage, returns to present Today at Wimbledon on BBC2.

The BBC said it would air 150 hours of TV coverage, more than ever before, with coverage beginning on 23 June.

The BBC is to offer up to 12 live streams of coverage from Wimbledon, giving the annual event its most comprehensive coverage yet.

Viewers with connected TVs will be able to access the 12 HD streams with the BBC Sport App, available via the Connected Red Button. This includes viewers with the latest models of Freeview HD smart TVs and those with Virgin’s TiVo service. The BBC Sport App is also available on Freesat Freetime receivers. The availability of the streams in HD will depend on viewer’s broadband connections.

Via conventional means, the BBC will broadcast up to 5 red button streams, which are being created on terrestrial (for Freeview/YouView receivers), on cable and on satellite (Sky/Freesat receivers) to provide extra coverage of events through until the end of the Commonwealth Games in early August.

Temporary red button streams first appeared last week on satellite ()

Before the tournament, a replay of Murray’s win over Novak Djokovic last year will be aired on Saturday, June 21 at 10.15am on BBC Two. A review of the 2013 tournament will be broadcast the following day at 11am.

BBC Radio 5 Live will replay The Day We Won Wimbledon, a documentary about Andy Murray’s victory, narrated by John Hurt, on June 21 at 11am.

On BBC One, When Andy Won Wimbledon will document Murray’s year since winning the Grand Slam at 10.35pm on June 23.

Jan 222014

The BBC has started test transmissions for an additional Red Button stream on satellite for the duration of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The BBC have said that there will be up to two Red Button streams available on digital TV platforms,where as normally they operate just one Red Button stream. A temporary Red Button service was also created last Summer. The BBC has said that it will continue to offer a temporary Red Button stream for the major sports events this year.

The test are on the Astra 2F satellite Frequency: 12.552 polarisation: vertical symbol rate: 22.000  FEC: 5/6 Tag ID: 54190

The stream is showing the BBC Digital Widescreen Test Transmission

Nov 162013

The Day of the Doctor will air on BBC One and BBC One 23 November and will be repeated on BBC Three on 24 November.

It will also be available in 3D to those with a 3D TV

To watch The Day of the Doctor in 3D on your TV, you will need to be able to receive the BBC’s Red Button HD stream.

When the episode is about to start, just switch to BBC Red Button HD, put your 3D TV into ‘Side-by-Side’ mode and enjoy!

For viewers with Freeview, YouView, Virgin Media and Freesat, the numbers for BBC Red Button HD are listed below:

Freeview/YouView: 303

Virgin Media: 994

Freesat: 980

As you can see, there is no mention of this being made available on Sky HD boxes in 3D,as the BBC Red Button HD service is not yet available on the Sky HD platform.
The BBC say “We’re working hard to try to bring the 3D episode to Sky viewers via the Red Button; we hope to have more information for you soon.”


Update: 22nd November 2013


Jun 202013

Further to the BBC Red Button HD service has been removed from satellite.

bbc red button

According to report, this is down to issues with Sky and their software. Simply put, both Sky and Freesat receivers required two different sets of data on the same satellite transponder. This allows both receivers to access the channels via their respective Electronic Programme Guides (EPG). However, the Freesat data needs to pass through an hub, operated by Sky. This is because both platforms use different systems and technologies.

The BBC say “that we’re working with Sky on both matters”.

BBC Red Button HD remains available on Freeview HD at channel 303 and Virgin Media at channel 994.

Jun 122013

The BBC has confirmed plans for its Red Button service during the summer – following earlier reports about the appearance of some “test” frequencies. ( )

The BBC have confirmed that the expanded Red Button service would offer HD coverage of the British F1 Grand Prix, Women’s Euros, Diamond League Athletics, Moto GP and the Confederations Cup, and Standard definition streams, will be used for Red Button coverage of Glastonbury and will also be offering coverage from Wimbledon.

BBC Red Button HD will start on 13th June 2013.
BBC Red Button SD will start on 24th June 2013.

To enable easy selection and recording of Red Button content, the streams will be available on the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) of all digital platforms.

BBC RB HD will be available on Freeview 303, Freesat 980, Sky 977 and Virgin Media 994.
BBC RB 1 will be available on Freeview 301, Freesat 981, Sky 978 and Virgin Media 991.
BBC RB 2 will be available on Freeview 302, Freesat 982, Sky 979 and Virgin Media 992.
BBC RB 3 will be available on Freeview N/A, Freesat 983, Sky 980 and Virgin Media 993.

(Sky carriage are subject to agreement).

Jun 092013

BBC Red Button

As previously mentioned ( ) the BBC have been testing some new channels, or rather BBC Red Button channels.

Presumably this will be for the duration of thee summer so that they can use it for multiple matches during Wimbledon and for their Glastonbury coverage.

In the last few days two of these “BBC Red Button” channels have been added to Freesat receivers.

BBC Red Button 1 HD is now on Freesat channel 980
BBC Red Button 1 SD is now on Freesat channel 981

They are not yet available on a Sky box, but presumably they will be part of the BBC Red Button service via the Red Button Menu, as in previous years.

They can be added NOW to non Sky and non Freesat boxes using the following frequencies:

BBC Red Button 1 SD tagged as ‘6390’ is on 10.773 H 22000
BBC Red Button 1 HD tagged as ‘8900’ is on 11.023 H 23000 HD

In addition, the two other channels tagged as 54380 and 54381 on frequency 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 and are showing a BBC test loop, and showing BBC Red Button on their programme information banner. They are still showing a BBC test loop. Will this mean more BBC Red button streams using these two channels?

May 302013

With the Wimbledon tennis championships coming soon, there has been speculation about the BBC coverage of the tournament.

In previous years the BBC Red Button service on the TV, via Freesat and Sky, has offered about 5 separate streams each showing a different match.

With last years “budget cuts” these streams were reduced to a single Red Button feed

So some viewers were left wondering what would happen to their tennis coverage.

Well over the last few days a number of “new” BBC channels have appeared on various frequencies on the UK TV satellites.

A new HD channel tagged as “8900” has appeared on frequency 11023 H, 23000, FEC 2/3. This channel has programme data “This is BBC Red Button HD”.

In addition, two more “channels” tagged as “54380” and “54381” have appeared on frequency 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 and are showing a BBC test loop.

So perhaps the BBC are temporarily expanding the number of Red Button screens for their Wimbledon coverage?

May 252013

A new BBC “channel” is presently testing on Astra 2F at 28.2.

It is using the same BBC frequency as some of their other HD channels (BBC1 Wales HD and BBC 1 HD Scotland), of 11023 H, 23000, FEC 2/3 frequency.

It is not available to manually add on SkyHD boxes.

At the moment it is showing BBC2HD content, but the EPG (programme guide) data is showing BBC Red Button data from the Freeview BBC Red Button channel.

Does this mean that the BBC are going to have a BBC Red Button HD service soon?
Perhaps in time for Wimbledon in a few weeks time?