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BBC Summer Red Button streams preparing for launch

The BBC is preparing to launch six Red Button streams on satellite, giving viewers access to additional coverage of some of the summer's big events.

In what has become an annual ritual, the BBC sets up additional Red Button streams at the end of May on satellite, which, following a test period, become available on Sky and Freesat boxes during June in time for Wimbledon and Glastonbury.

This year, there are five standard definition and one high definition Red Button streams testing.

The BBC has been adding temporary pop-up streams to cover major events since it reduced the number of full-time Red Button streams down to one in late 2012. Viewers with an internet connection can generally access the extra content via the BBC website or Red Button+ on smart TVs.

Tuning details
Viewers with Sky and Freesat should see the channels added in due course and don't need to do anything.

The streams - complete with the 1998 BBC Digital Widescreen Test Transmission video taking audiences on a summer trip around Cornwall - are available to manually tune-in on any satellite receiver set up to receive Sky or Freesat channels:

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Service ID
BBC Red Button 2
BBC Red Button 3
BBC Red Button 4
BBC Red Button 5
BBC Red Button 6
BBC Red Button HD

The BBC is expected to shortly issue details of how it will cover the music and sports events in its portfolio during the summer, with further details about the expanded Red Button service.


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