BBC offers Olympics streams on TV

Olympic rings Viewers will be able to follow one sport throughout the day

The BBC is to make 24 live HD Olympic streams available to cable and satellite providers.

The deal means viewers will be able to watch every Olympic sport live for the duration of the summer games through their TV sets.

Previously, the BBC had only planned to broadcast the streams online.

It will be the first time viewers have been given the opportunity to follow one particular sport throughout the day.

The services will be in addition to coverage on BBC One and BBC Three, which will air all of the key moments from the Olympics, as well as other platforms including Radio 5 live.

Together, this coverage will deliver around 2,500 hours of live sport coverage through the various BBC platforms during the Games.

"These are the first truly digital Olympics, where we'll offer more choice than ever before," said Roger Mosey, the BBC's director of London 2012, on his blog.

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"You'll be able to watch sport from every venue from first thing in the morning to last thing at night... Hockey fans can watch live uninterrupted hockey, and table tennis fans can stick all day with their sport too."

Mr Mosey said the BBC had agreed with Sky and Freesat to show the live streams across 24 channels, with more announcements from other providers expected soon.

"The aim is that you'd be able to pick from watching BBC Olympics 1 right through to BBC Olympics 24 with full programme guides and the ability to record your favourite sports," he said.

However Mr Mosey added: "Not every platform will be able to accommodate such a huge technical offer, which amounts to 48 channels in total if you count 24 SD (Standard Definition) plus 24 HD."

Freeview users will have access to two additional channels available through the BBC Red Button, providing up to four channels at peak times.


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    Comment number 68.

    Great news. My nephew was a downhill skier in the last winter olympics, and even though the BBC web site coverage was excellent, we still didn't get to see him ski for the UK just as he didn't come in the top 20 or so (even though only just a second out). I'm interested in seeing some of the lesser covered events such as the Taekwondo, Pentathlon and High Jump.

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    Comment number 65.

    Great! I won't be watching a number of the more minor sports but that doesn't preclude the fact that this is a major world event.

    Those who are selected to take part put an enormous amount of effort into their particular discipline and deserve to get some recognition.

    A number of competitors fail to make it through the heats but nevertheless make their home countries proud. Good on them.

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    Comment number 64.

    Could the BBC please make sure they keep one or two channels Olympic free? Not everyone is interested in watching people run around in circles. Please feel free to ignore the wishes of all the people who don't care, oh you are, well okay then.

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    Comment number 59.

    Thats why over 2 1/2 million applied for tickets and it's the first Olympics to sell out of tickets for most sports well in advance.

    Well done BBC now those of us not lucky enough to get tickets to sports we wanted can watch it all live.

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    Comment number 57.

    Happy we won the Olympics, hope it does wonders for the country but why do I have to watch it? Don't want to stop anyone enjoying the Olympics but why does it have to be wall to wall coverage? Can a happy medium not be found?


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