During the Olympics the BBC has made some special changes to your TV services to bring you the best possible Olympics experience on Freeview.
These interactive services can be accessed by pressing the red button on your remote control.
During the Olympics, you will be able to view a HD BBC Red Button stream on Freeview channel 304. The channel will show the same content as is available on BBC Red Button video service 301 but it will be native HD. As with 301, the channel will be scheduled and listed in the EPG to enable you to book recordings but the primary method of access will be via a simple BBC Red Button application which we will enable on our HD channels. Thanks to the clever way that most Freeview HD receivers work, viewers won't have to re-tune because the service should appear automatically in the EPG. But if you find that you don't have anything at channel 304 by the middle of July then you should re-tune your receiver
The BBC Red Button video stream which appeared in the EPG on channel 302. Is being made available again on Freeview for the Olympics. Because BBC Three is becoming a 24hr service on Freeview using BBC Parliament's capacity, BBC Three doesn't need to share capacity with CBBC during the Olympics. This means that we can use CBBC's off-hours (from 7pm) to broadcast BBC Red Button 302.
The 302 channel was made available in the EPG from 26 April nationwide. You can check if you have it or not simply by trying to tune to channel number 302. If you see our message you are good to go, otherwise you will need to re-tune your digital TV or box to pick it up.
Viewers on Freeview who don't currently have channel 302 in their EPG will need to re-tune to watch all our services during the Olympics. CBBC viewers in Northern Ireland and North East England will need to re-tune to pick up CBBC in its temporary home of channel 73. If you need help with re-tuning, an excellent place to go for advice is www.tvretune.co.uk which provides detailed instructions for many different makes and models of Freeview receiver.
BBC Three will be one of the BBC's flagship channels for the London 2012 Olympic Games and so for the first time we're going to be making the channel available during the morning and afternoon. On Freeview, whilst Parliament is in recess, we will use BBC Parliament's capacity. This means that for Freeview viewers, BBC Parliament will be off-air during the Olympics, which was also the case during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. BBC Parliament will continue on satellite and cable platforms with its usual summer schedule. Terrestrial viewers should be able to enjoy the extra sports coverage on the extended BBC Three without needing to do anything to their TV or set-top-box.