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Are you ready for a summer of sport?

Kieran Clifton

Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development

With a packed line-up of world-class sport this summer from France, SW19 and Brazil plus a return to Worthy Farm, you’ll be delighted to know that we’re broadcasting a number of extra Red Button streams throughout the Summer to provide additional coverage of all the big events: from Euros 2016 to Glastonbury, from Wimbledon to all the way on the other side of the world with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There’ll be more details on our Red Button Olympics coverage and services later in the year in another article similar to this one.

For the Euros, Glastonbury and Wimbledon, depending on the platform and the event, we will broadcast a number of extra streams on our standard Red Button and on some platforms, we’re also able to offer high-definition content – where those broadcast streams are listed on the EPG then you’ll be able to set recordings. Plus, there’s even more coverage available on your TV screen if you can access our internet-powered Red Button+ service. And, as always, all the coverage offered in Red Button+ will also be available on the BBC Music app, in the case of Glastonbury, and our BBC Sport app, in the case of the Euros and Wimbledon, and on bbc.co.uk on PCs, mobiles and tablets.

The purpose of this blog is to let you know what we’re doing on each platform for each event and to explain what you will need to do in order to access the extra coverage.

10 June – 10 July : the UEFA 2016 European Championship on the Red Button

The Euros are now well underway and for the most part, the BBC’s Euros 2016 football coverage will feature on either BBC One and/or BBC Four, and their high definition counterparts.  

However, where TV schedule clashes don’t allow coverage on our main network channels, you’ll find some matches exclusively on our broadcast red button streams. In addition, there’ll be repeats of matches throughout the tournament and highlights packages of all the action.

On the cable and satellite platforms, we’ll also have a simulcast of BBC RB 1 in HD. Unfortunately, we don’t have access to enough capacity to be able to offer BBC RB 1 in HD via broadcast and on the EPG to Freeview HD and YouView users but matches in HD will be accessible via the BBC Sport app if your TV or set-top box is internet-connected and can access Red Button+.

Platform

RB 1

RB HD

Freeview HD / YouView

601

n/a

Freeview SD

601

n/a

Freesat

981

980

Sky

981

980

Virgin Media

991

990

June 24 – 26 : Glastonbury on the Red Button

Marking the 20th year of BBC television coverage of the festival, later this month there’ll be 25 hours of TV of the world-renowned Glastonbury festival across our main network services (BBC Two and Four, plus their HD counterparts). You can find more details about all the acts on TV here.

However, we know that for some of you that’s just not enough music so additionally, during the festival, there will be up to three broadcast red button streams and one of those streams will be simulcast in HD, all depending on how you receive your TV. Our three broadcast red button streams are all scheduled services covering six of Glastonbury’s stages (namely Pyramid, Other, John Peel, West Holts, The Park and BBC Introducing).  Unlike the live streams on the website and our internet-powered Red Button+ service, our standard red button service has recorded performances from those six stages, but there’s no presenters, just pure music. A table of what’s available on each platform and on which EPG numbers is shown below.

Unfortunately, as for the Euros coverage and owing to capacity restrictions, we’re unable to offer more than the one existing Red Button stream to DTT viewers.

Platform

RB 1

RB 2

RB 3

RB HD (simulcast of RB1)

Freeview HD / YouView

601

n/a

n/a

n/a

Freeview SD

601

n/a

n/a

n/a

Freesat

981

982

983

980

Sky

981

982

983

980

Virgin Media

991

992

993

990

However, if you’ve got access to the BBC’s Red Button+ application on your connected TV, there will be six extra streams with live access from a range of stages. Our Red Button+ app is supported by Virgin TiVo and YouView devices as well as a growing range of smart TVs once they’ve been connected to the internet. You can find out if your TV set can get our Red Button+ service here.

At bbc.co.uk/music, the BBC Glastonbury website and BBC iPlayer via PCs, tablets and smartphones, you’ll also be able to access the same live streams of the six stages, across the weekend. There will also be around 120 performances available on demand at bbc.co.uk/glastonbury and BBC iPlayer so you’ve no need to worry about timetable clashes for your favourite acts.

And finally, for your fullest Glasto hit, don’t forget our recently-launched BBC Music app, available on mobiles and tablets.  Go in now, highlight your favourite acts and come back during or after the festival to catch all their appearances as recorded for BBC Glastonbury.

27 June - 10 July : Wimbledon on the Red Button

Whilst the happy campers at Glastonbury are still packing up their tents on Monday morning, the tennis at Wimbledon gets underway.

On our standard broadcast Red Button service on satellite and cable platforms you’ll find a total of six red button streams in SD plus one of which will be simulcast in HD.

As is the case with the Euros/Glastonbury events, unfortunately there’s not enough capacity for us to be able to offer additional streams to all Freeview viewers but if you’ve got access to our Red Button+ app on your TV then see further below for more details …

For our broadcast red button services, the channel numbers are as set out in the table below.

Platform

RB HD

RB 1

RB 2

RB 3

RB 4

RB 5

RB 6

Freeview HD / YouView

n/a

601

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Freeview SD

n/a

601

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Freesat

980

981

982

983

984

985

986

Sky

980

981

982

983

984

985

986

Virgin Media

990

991

992

 993

994

995

996

Even more tennis online and with Red Button+

In 2016, BBC Sport will deliver a wealth of Wimbledon coverage, enabling you to follow an unprecedented amount of action, whenever and wherever you want, with up to 15 live streams. Available online from bbc.co.uk/sport and BBC iPlayer and their respective apps for mobiles, tablets and connected TVs, as well as on Red Button+, you’ll be able to access the widest range of on-demand and interactive content for Wimbledon, including:

  • Up to 15 live HD video streams – giving you the most choice during the busy early rounds
  • All the action wherever you are, on the devices you use –check out BBC Sport’s live coverage page, which will bring together the multi-court video player, text commentary and the best audience interaction in one place
  • Highlights and full-length replays of key matches – available on-demand to ensure you can catch up on the best of SW19

How to get our additional streams on your TV

  • If you have Sky, you should not have to do anything. If you do have a problem receiving any of our channels, you can try turning your Sky set-top box off at the mains, waiting 30 seconds and turning it back on again. If that doesn’t resolve your problem you can find more help at www.sky.com/helpcentre.
  • If you have Virgin Media the new streams should appear automatically. If you do have a problem receiving any of our channels, you can find more help at Virgin’s website. For Virgin TiVo users the broadcast Red Button streams will be listed in the 980s in the guide – alternatively, pressing red when you’re watching on one of our TV channels will take you to the additional coverage and expanded offer on our BBC Red Button+ service.
  • If you have Freesat and you do not pick up the new channels automatically, you may need to put your digital box or TV into standby for 30 seconds and then switch it back on again. If the channels are still unavailable then carry out a Freesat channel retune. Full instructions can be found in the manual for your digital TV or box. Further help with retuning can be found at www.freesat.co.uk or by calling the Freesat customer support team on 08450 990 990. For those that need it, full DSAT transponder information can be found on our Reception Advice page.
  • Red Button+ is only available on certain platforms and smart TVs which also need to be internet-connected. You can find more details here.

Kieran Clifton is Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development.

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