BBC confirms summer Red Button plans

The BBC has today confirmed its plans for its Red Button service during the summer, following recent speculation after additional Red Button streams appeared on satellite, cable and Freeview.

Writing on her blog, Alix Pryde, the Director of BBC Distribution confirmed that the 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. BBC Red Button HD will go live on 13th June.

Additional standard definition streams, already observed testing on satellite, will allow the Red Button to cover Glastonbury at the same time as offering coverage from Wimbledon, starting from 24th June. Despite the BBC offering a total of three standard definition Red Button channels during Glastonbury and Wimbledon, Alix Pryde confirmed that Freeview would only have a total of two standard definition streams, with BBC Red Button channel 302 only enjoying 90% coverage (as previously reported here). However, Freeview channel 308 is not to be utilised as an actual Red Button stream.

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

Until now, only Freeview has offered direct access to the Red Button via the EPG.


Table updated 21/06/2013: There has been no agreement with Sky, so the Red Button streams will not be available via the Electronic Programme Guide unlike other platforms.


BBC RB HD
BBC RB 1
BBC RB 2
BBC RB 3
Freeview/BT Vision/YouView
303^
301
302*
N/A
Sky
Not available
Via Red Button only
Via Red Button only
Via Red Button only
Virgin Media
994
991
992
993
Freesat
980
981
982
983
*Not for viewers receiving the reduced Freeview “basic” service from a relay. Some viewers may need to retune to get the extra Red Button service.
^ BBC Red Button HD will not be available for viewers with BT Vision+ boxes, according to a recent update by BBC Reception Advice.
On Virgin Media, also available via the TiVo Connected Red Button service.

Minor updates 21/06/2013, reflecting that no deal has been reached with Sky over BBC Red Button's extra streams.
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2 comments:

  1. Of course those with a digital satellite receiver not supplied by Sky or "Freesat" branded will be able to receive the channel as long as they know the frequency, polarisation etc.

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    1. For those with the type of receiver mentioned by Android Europe: Manual tuning information at http://www.a516digital.com/2013/01/bbc-services-on-satellite-reference.html

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