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Recording your favourite television programmes during the Olympics

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Alix Pryde Alix Pryde | 15:34 UK time, Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A collection of TV remote controls. The picture is taken by Flickr user Odonata98 and used here under the terms of the Creative Commons License.

A collection of TV remote controls, photographed by Flickr user Odonata98 and used here under the terms of Creative Commons.

With less than one week to go before the Opening Ceremony I wanted to take a few minutes to make sure you understood the details about recording your favourite shows during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As you will probably know BBC One will be showing coverage of the Olympics from 6am until midnight. This means that many shows will take a break during the Games but the following ones will move to BBC Two:

  • EastEnders
  • Holby City
  • Panorama
  • Songs of Praise

If your set top box regularly records one or more of these shows for you, you may need to take action to capture them in their new temporary home:

  • If you have a Freeview+ or Freesat+ box these should carry on recording your favourite shows even if they move to BBC Two
  • If you have a Sky+ or Virgin Media V+ box then you will need to tell your box to record your shows on BBC Two. You can do this by simply setting up a new series link for the show when it appears on BBC Two. You will be able to set up a new recording on BBC Two for a show seven days before it's due on BBC Two
  • If you have a Virgin Media TiVo box and have setup a 'Wish List' on your TiVo box for a given show then you don't need to do anything else. If you have a normal series link set up, you'll need to create another one for your shows on BBC Two

After the Olympics have finished, your set-top box should start recording your shows for you again on BBC One. However, Songs of Praise is expected to be an exception because it will have been off BBC One for more than 28 days, so you may need to set up a new series link, as described above.

Besides all the Olympics coverage there are extra programes coming up which showcase our sporting heroes both past and present so whilst you are at it, set some recordings for these as well. Personally, I'm particularly looking forward to Bert & Dickie.

Alix Pryde is the director of BBC Distribution.

The picture used in this post features a collection of television remote controls. and was taken by Flickr user Odonata98 and used here under the terms of Creative Commons.


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