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BBC Red Button HD goes live

HD stream for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

UPDATE | An overnight HD simulcast of the BBC Red Button service has gone live.

The service, which offers an HD simulcast of the regular 'BBC RB1' stream, launches just in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the extra night-time coverage from Australia's Gold Coast that the red button service will offer. The stream is live until 16th April 2018.

BBC RB HD, as the HD simulcast is known, uses the downtime of CBBC HD, which has remained dormant since the removal of the BBC Three HD channel in 2016; BBC Three originally timeshared with CBBC.

The service was first configured on Sky and Freesat EPGs just before the Easter Weekend, but went live across all platforms at 2100 BST on Tuesday 3rd April 2018, following its addition on Freeview and YouView-based services earlier in the day.

BBC Red Button HD

  • Sky 981
  • Freesat 980
  • Virgin 990
  • Freeview HD 602
  • YouView (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet TV) 602
  • EE TV 602

As a result of the new HD timesharing arrangement, CBBC's finish time was changed to 20:57:59 - or two minutes earlier following behind-the-scenes tweaks seven days ago.

In the longer term, the capacity currently used for BBC RB HD on Freeview in Scotland (the CBBC HD downtime) is due to be re-used to carry BBC Scotland HD, according to a BBC proposal sent to Ofcom last month.