BBC Olympics coverage details released

Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic ChannelsNews taken from BBC Sport website

The BBC has announced details of the digital services that will offer viewers the most comprehensive coverage ever of an Olympic Games. The broadcaster will provide live coverage of every London 2012 sport from every venue throughout the day.

An enhanced video experience will give access to up to 24 live HD streams and 2,500 hours of coverage via the BBC Sport website on PC and laptop. A free Olympics mobile app will allow audiences to access content on the go.

The BBC Olympics mobile browser site, accessible across all mobile devices, will mirror much of the desktop experience, while audiences can also access coverage through tablets and connected TV.

The BBC’s Red Button service for the Olympics on Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media will offer audiences access to up to 24 live streams, while there will be an additional 24-hour channel of extra BBC Olympics content available via the BBC Red Button for audiences with Freeview and BT Vision.

The BBC Sport app for connected TVs will give audiences access to the BBC’s interactive coverage, while Virgin Media TiVo users will be able to access this content via the BBC Red Button.

The BBC Sport website will offer a page for every sport, country, athlete and venue. The coverage includes live updates, Twitter visualisations and comments from across social media.

Roger Mosey, BBC Director said:

The London 2012 Olympic Games is likely to be the biggest sporting event in the UK in our lifetimes,

The BBC’s coverage will ensure that our audiences need never miss a moment.

As the nation’s broadcaster, we are committed to ensuring that viewers get the most from their Olympic experience and our comprehensive coverage will deliver on that promise.

We will be bringing live coverage of every Olympic Sport from every venue, through a combination of BBC One and BBC Three and up to 24 simultaneous streams live online on PC, mobile, tablet or connected TV.

These services will be complemented by coverage on Radio 5 live, mobile and tablet.

The majority of cable and satellite viewers will be able to access the 24 channels on their providers’ platform through the BBC Red Button.

Alongside our sport offering, our news services will be providing impartial news coverage on all the big Olympic stories.

The flagship Olympic channels, BBC One, BBC Two (when BBC One switches to the news), BBC Three, BBC HD and BBC One HD will be dedicated to the event over the 17 days of competition.

A 24-hour digital radio station, Radio 5 live Olympic Extra, will complement BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra for the duration of the Games.

These stations combined will bring round-the-clock news, commentary and coverage with the majority of the stations’ output coming live from Olympic venues around the UK.

Dave Gordon, BBC Sport’s Head of Major Events added:

It’s serving audiences in a way we’ve never been able to do before,

From even more extensive coverage on TV, radio and online to mobile phones and tablets there will be unlimited content available. The technology is now in place to offer the ultimate choice for our viewers and there will be times when we will have up to 24 screens of sport.

76 thoughts on “BBC Olympics coverage details released”

  1. SL said:
    I cant wait until 3d finally dies.
    Yeah, lets change the camera angle for football so .01 of viewers can somehow validate the money they wasted on 3d so 99.9% of viewers have to put up with a rubbish camera angle.

    Well that’s just selfish and shows a total lack of understanding of 3D. 3D is filmed using a camera with twin lens a set distance apart. For 2D you just use 1 video stream for 3D you use and combine both.

    So the camera angle is exactly the same for both 2D and 3D tv as the same footage comes from the same camera. So 2D isn’t in any way compromised by having to use separate cameras in other places in the stadium to make way for 3D as you implied.

    Fitzy said:
    Wow lots of people slating 3d on here, y

    Yeah and most of them who’ve never auditioned a decent 3D tv (admin apart).

    There’s a lot of prejudice from people who remember the old red / green glasses effects or go down their local poundo cheap store and audition a no brand £300 3D tv and think they’re seen it all.

    The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect. What’s more neither gave me headaches or any after visual effects.

    Rosco said:
    The in store demonstrations of 3D have to improve for starters. I was in our local Tesco a week or so back and they had a 3D TV set up for shoppers to have a look at. So I had a gander. For starters as I wear glasses the 3D specs didnt fit, but even allowing for that the experience was awful. There was terrible jitter on the picture, (low quality components in the tv maybe?) and the continual swooping of the camera angles to accentuate the 3D experience made me feel sick after a few seconds. It put me right off. I didnt even find the 3D terribly realistic. Certain shots looked good, but it changed between scenes. I certainly wont be wasting my money on 3D anytime soon.

    No arguments there and supermarkets are often the worst places to audition Tv’s.

    My local TV store has a dedicated room set up for 3D tv and the assistant came and made sure the active shutter glasses fitted nicely before leaving me to watch. That and a well calibrated tv with a good 3D disc makes all the difference.

    BTW admin, I do agree about 3D outbound effects enchroaching on the TV frame. Luckily most good discs send the 3D picture back into the wall not out into the room.

    Other than that, I’d say 3D tv is best suited to a large tv 42″ min and 50-60inch ideal.

  2. Al (Original) said:
    The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect.

    Well there’s my problem with 3D right there. If you need to spend between £800 and £1000 on a decent 3D setup, then I’m priced right out.

    My wife has resisted buying a HD TV as she couldn’t see the point in junking a working SD model. I convinced her to get one, but even then could only afford to spend £250. For that price I got an excellent 32″ LG model, which I am very pleased with. The size of my lounge made a larger set unnecessary.

    A 3D set was out of my price range, and even if I managed to scrape together a few extra £100, it would only be a lacklustre performer in 3D.

    I will live with my HD set for now, as I am certain we will get more HD on Freesat than we will 3D.

  3. Al (Original) said: The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect.

    Well there’s my problem with 3D right there. If you need to spend between £800 and £1000 on a decent 3D setup, then I’m priced right out.

    My wife has resisted buying a HD TV as she couldn’t see the point in junking a working SD model. I convinced her to get one, but even then could only afford to spend £250. For that price I got an excellent 32″ LG model, which I am very pleased with. The size of my lounge made a larger set unnecessary.

    A 3D set was out of my price range, and even if I managed to scrape together a few extra £100, it would only be a lacklustre performer in 3D.

    I will live with my HD set for now, as I am certain we will get more HD on Freesat than we will 3D

  4. I dare say 3D is great on high end sets and I have no problem with people who are excited about it but where is the programming coming from to justify the costs? Certainly not from the financially constrained BBC who are cutting costs as much as they can to make ends meet. The only issue I have with 3D is having to wear glasses although (hopefully) technology may overcome that problem.

  5. Admin, can I ask on the next generation of freesat boxes, I believe if I am correct we will be able to access Eurosport. Now I presume this will be accessed via a subscription (I currently subscribe on my pc) now will the Eurosport HD channel be avaliable with this method ?

    Thought it try to change the subject as people seem to still be going over the same old territory with 3D!

  6. Simple:

    1. Cinema – Choose to watch the movie in 2d or 3d

    2. Television – if a programme is broadcast in 3d, if you dont like 3d flick the 2d
    option

    You have a choice

  7. hi admin when will the info on freesat g2 boxs be released i am sure you said during may and before anyone say i know theres still a week left 🙂

  8. dave said:
    hi admin when will the info on freesat g2 boxs be released i am sure you said during may and before anyone say i know theres still a week left :-)

    Haven’t had much in the way of communication from Freesat so unsure. I believe there are some delays and Freesat were keen to only issue info just before launch to get ahead of the alternative platforms rival features.

  9. Oh well – I’ve stacks of stuff recorded onto DVD.

    It SHOULD last through the Olympic season…….

    All I want is just ONE Olympics-free channel on the BBC suitable for adults. All the best stuff from BBC 2 and BBC 4, a nightly news broadcast (at say 9PM?) that has NO mention of the Olympics either, though I’ll make an exception if its a report that the entire IOC has met a terrible terrible fate ~ say extraordinary rendition to a US General Population jail. AND its got to be HD.

    😎

    Not going to happen, is it.

    ps 3D? Put the camera in the Javelin target zone!

  10. Roger, with so much hatred for the Olympics you must be seeving knowing that your tax payers money is going towards paying for 150 staff to carry a cigarette lighter 7000 miles around the country 😀 😉

  11. Just read on another site that 4seven the new channel from channel 4 is being launched on July 4th

  12. Personally I think the next gen of TV will be Holographic. Forget the gimmicky 3D aspect, Holographic TV will be much more immersive.

    That or at the very most, glasses free 3D that allows you to view the screen from any angle in the room and still get a decent picture.

  13. films3d said:
    Just read on another site that 4seven the new channel from channel 4 is being launched on July 4th

    Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

  14. Russ said: Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

    As they are on LCN 47 on Freeview I wonder if they’ll appear on 147 on Freesat? I think 127 is earmarked for the channel but we’ll have to wait and see. Clever marketing there on the date as it was potentially going to be June.

  15. @admin:

    Its not just the Olympics (although I deplore the waste of money and the Professionalism of the Olympics in particular), any sport that clogs up the general channels is a waste of space too. In some ways I’m glad that SKY is becoming a monopoly supplier of sporting events, it means I don’t have them rammed down my throat so thoroughly!

    As for the “cigarette lighter”, the most amusing thing is all the examples being ebayed in order to make a quick bob or two. Whilst some of the proceeds may be going towards charity, some most certainly won’t be, and there have been cases of torches being put up before the vendor has jogged their few hundred yards…..

    Greed and cupidity. An awesome combination *sigh*

  16. Roger said:
    As for the “cigarette lighter”, the most amusing thing is all the examples being ebayed in order to make a quick bob or two.Whilst some of the proceeds may be going towards charity, some most certainly won’t be, and there have been cases of torches being put up before the vendor has jogged their few hundred yards…..

    Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!

    It amusing me that on the 31st, none of the residents of our development will be able to get their cars in or out because they are blocking the only road for the whole day so a BMW (German, why couldn’t they use a UK build car!) vehicle can drive pas!!!

  17. admin said: Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!
    It amusing me that on the 31st, none of the residents of our development will be able to get their cars in or out because they are blocking the only road for the whole day so a BMW (German, why couldn’t they use a UK build car!) vehicle can drive pas!!!

    BMW build cars near Oxford called Mini. All cars built in UK except Morgan, Caterham and such like are foreign owned so I don’t see that it makes much differance. It’s not as if we have a UK owned car industry any more.

  18. Richard Crichton said: BMW build cars near Oxford called Mini. All cars built in UK except Morgan, Caterham and such like are foreign owned so I don’t see that it makes much differance. It’s not as if we have a UK owned car industry any more.

    Try, the mini is built in Oxford, but they are using BMW’s built in Germany; seems a bit ironic doesn’t it that they go on about it being the British games, then don’t celebrate what we still have left (not much!). Also it seems we are lacking celebrities too, all the ones I’ve seen have been American!!!

  19. Russ said: Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

    Don’t suppose its HD even though all new tellys are HD. Its like launching a 405 lines channel after 625 lines was available to use. Will it be colour 😉

  20. admin said: Try, the mini is built in Oxford, but they are using BMW’s built in Germany; seems a bit ironic doesn’t it that they go on about it being the British games, then don’t celebrate what we still have left (not much!). Also it seems we are lacking celebrities too, all the ones I’ve seen have been American!!!

    BMW build cars in 24 locations in 13 countries (2009 data) so how do you know they were built in Germany.

  21. Richard Crichton said: BMW build cars in 24 locations in 13 countries (2009 data) so how do you know they were built in Germany.

    As far as I’m aware, the majority of the BMW pace cars being used are 3-series and they are mainly built in Leipzig, with some in Munich, Dingolfing and Regensburg, all Germany. Then the US and SA for the rest of the world. But irrespective of this, BMW are sponsoring the event which seems a little odd, even if we have little in the way of British business ownership these days (thanks Conservatives!)

  22. Maybe we should have got the Jeremy Kyle show to have sponsored the event, with security following on in electric wheelchairs. That way we could have celebrated Britishness in its current glory !

  23. Fitzy said:
    Maybe we should have got the Jeremy Kyle show to have sponsored the event, with security following on in electric wheelchairs. That way we could have celebrated Britishness in its current glory !

    Yeah, thinking about it, probably a good move promoting other countries successes, we don’t have many.

  24. Indain channel Aaj Tak will be going fta on June 1st, so get hassling them for a Freesat launch 😀

  25. admin said: Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!

    That would make the gas tank needed too heavy to carry as it would be dangerous to keep on refilling the tiny tank in the torches during the relay.
    They do pass it on in a way;on the web by selling it. 🙂 🙂

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