All systems go: BBC Olympic Channels now available
The final reconfiguration of BBC Olympic services has taken place, with the regular BBC Red Button service on satellite and cable platforms being removed in favour of the temporary service and the last changes on Freeview taking place to facilitate an extended BBC Four.
On Sky, viewers can find the Olympic service from channel 472, on Freesat from channel 261 and on Virgin Media from channel 561. This expanded service, available in both high and standard definition replaces the normal BBC Red Button service, usually found around channel 981/991 on these platforms. Freesat and Virgin Media viewers with compatible connected receivers will be able to access additional streams via the Red Button+ service.
CBeebies and CBeebies HD now timeshare with BBC Olympics 8 (SD/HD) and were transferred to a temporary frequency at the end of last week.
On Freeview, the final part of the pre-Olympic changes took place on the BBC's standard definition multiplex, meaning BBC Four now runs as a 24/7 stream, ahead of the expansion of BBC Four programming from Saturday 6th August, when it will be live from 1pm - 4am and become an Olympics-only service. This also affects YouView users.
The BBC isn't allowed to make use of the extra hours for 'normal' BBC Four programming, after getting into trouble with the BBC Trust when it run regular programmes on BBC Three during the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
BBC RB1 has now become a simulcast of BBC Olympics 1 on satellite and cable, and is available from 9pm on channel 601, and to a limited number of viewers as a 24/7 service on channel 608. The service becomes the first user of the post 9pm capacity left behind when BBC Three's TV channel was closed. BBC RB0 now timeshares with CBeebies and runs from 7pm.
As a result of the decision not to remove BBC Parliament from Freeview for the duration of the Olympics, following recent events, there is no capacity for a 24 hour Red Button stream on the multiplex, leaving many Freeview viewers with just two part-time Red Button channels.
Smart TVs, YouView, EE TV and other connected devices:
Additional streams are available via the BBC's connected Red Button service, Red Button+. Compatible devices connected to the internet will see a prompt showing"Red Button+ " Instead of being directed to the videostreams available from channel 600, Red Button+ will connect to the full Olympic streaming service made available by the BBC through the internet. Up to 24 streams are available in high definition (resolution provided is dependent on internet speed).
Viewers without a compatible TV can access the full set of streams from the Olympics via the BBC Sport App on streaming devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV.