Advantage cable, satellite and connected TV: Glastonbury TV coverage details

If you'd rather not face the mud and the traffic jams, there's comprehensive coverage of Glastonbury on TV throughout the weekend.

However this year there are dramatic differences as to what coverage you'll get, depending on how you get your TV signal:

With BBC Three gone, there'll still be some coverage across the traditional BBC channels, but you'll need to be a cable, satellite or connected TV user to watch most of the extra coverage from the stages at Worthy Farm.

Satellite and cable
On Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media, three standard definition Red Button channels, plus Red Button HD channel will be available with coverage. And because Wimbledon isn't taking place at the same time this year, there's no need to wait until the tennis has finished for Glastonbury coverage - on Friday, Red Button coverage starts at 7pm, Saturday from 4pm and Sunday from 6:30pm.

  • BBC Red Button HD, Red Button 1-3: Sky and Freesat 980-983 and Virgin 990-993.
  • On Freesat (Freetime) and Virgin TiVo, access up to 6 HD streams via broadband internet through the Red Button service.
  • Also, coverage on BBC Two and BBC Four - see below

YouView (BT TV/TalkTalk TV/Plusnet TV) and "Freeview Play" boxes
Hit the BBC's connected Red Button service to access up to 6 HD streams of coverage via your broadband connection. Alternatively, there will be coverage every evening on BBC RB 1 on channel 601.
  • Also, coverage on BBC Two and BBC Four - see below 

Smart TVs, dongles and boxes
If your smart TV, dongle or box (e.g. Amazon Fire, Chromecast or Roku) works with live iPlayer streams, then look out for iPlayer Live Events streams with coverage.

Viewers with Freeview and without access to any connected/smart TV services will be the biggest losers this year: only one Red Button stream will be active - BBC RB 1 on channel 601.

This is disappointing given that some BBC Freeview capacity will be available over the Glastonbury  - the Ex-BBC Three capacity post 9pm and at least 5Mbps of capacity where BBC RB 2 and 3 (602 & 603) were broadcasting last year and indeed still have placeholder slates. (The BBC Trust has been reviewing options for the former BBC Three capacity, but hasn't made any announcement.)

But there's always coverage on BBC Two and BBC Four:

Traditional TV coverage

The BBC will open coverage with The One Show on Friday 24th. It'll be on BBC Two, not BBC One as was originally stated in the original BBC Media Release. Then BBC Two will have coverage from 10pm-2am, with a gap for Newsnight.

BBC Four will have coverage throughout the evening: 

7:00pm James
8:00pm ZZ Top & The Lumineers
9:00pm Foals
10:30pm Underworld

BBC Two is live from 4-5:15pm and 8pm-1am with the Headline acts, including Adele, who is due on the Pyramid Stage at 10:15pm.

BBC Four will offer alternative coverage throughout the evening:

7:00pm Squeeze and Madness
8:00pm Baaba Maal and Mbongwana Star (until 9pm)
10:30pm New Order and Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony

BBC Two is at Glastonbury from 6:30-8:00pm and 9pm until midnight.

BBC Four will be on-air from Somerset at 8pm
8:00pm Gregory Porter and Ellie Goulding
9:00pm PJ Harvey
10:00pm Earth, Wind & Fire

And if you miss a moment, there's 30 days of catch-up via the iPlayer.

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  1. I thought RB2&3 had been confirmed for Freeview but nothing on the EPG. Ridiculous to leave them empty.