BBC red button now available as separate channels

BBC red button now available as separate channelsThe BBC have launched their red button feeds as separate channels on freesat.

BBC red button HD and BBC red button 1 are available on channel 980 and 981 and means you no longer have to fumble around within the red button system to find additional programme feeds for live sport etc. You should also be able to record them for the first time too.

The BBC are working on additional feeds which are expected to also join the line up soon.

79 thoughts on “BBC red button now available as separate channels”

  1. I bet Sky also somehow have something to do with the HD channel failing to record as well.

    Id rather the BBC not pay sky and remove their channels from sky as payback than give in to the sky blackmail.

  2. Glad I’ve got U view as well as Freesat is all I can say. I’ve always thought the BBC should remove their channels from Sky unless they pay hansomely.

  3. SL said: I bet Sky also somehow have something to do with the HD channel failing to record as well.Id rather the BBC not pay sky and remove their channels from sky as payback than give in to the sky blackmail.

    I was finding that one minute I could record, but then other times I couldn’t.

  4. @ 48

    Does this mean that Sky can effectively control what channels are on Freesat via this adaptation hub?

  5. swjoduk said: I was finding that one minute I could record, but then other times I couldn’t.

    I could always record manually but the schedule failed 4 times out of 4 so it was obvious Sky werent sending the start timer. Probably another decision done on purpose designed to weasel more money out of the BBC.

    Im pleased theyve finally grown a backbone even though it negatively affects me.

  6. If these “Adaption Hubs” are the gateway to allowing any broadcaster equal opportunities to create a satellite TV platform (by adding additional metatadata to DVB-S) then they shouldn’t be under Sky’s control and having to pay Sky to be able to use them. Full stop. It’s like Sky is the default “incumbent” broadcaster in the UK. If anything, facilities like that should be separated out into an independent company, like what happened with Openreach, then again it can be debated as to whether that strategy worked!

  7. I agree sky should pay the PSBs for their feeds, turn on encryption if need be, and leave freesat alone, as the free alternative. Simple. This is bullying by sky, just so they get the RB channels at no cost. If you want them pay

  8. so does this mean that no channel may exist on freesat, unless it’s on Sky ?

    So $KY up to there old tricks again – they hate competition.

    I thought going to freesat would be the end of dealing with $KY but they still seem to get in somewhere

  9. Chris S said:
    If these “Adaption Hubs” are the gateway to allowing any broadcaster equal opportunities to create a satellite TV platform (by adding additional metatadata to DVB-S)then they shouldn’t be under Sky’s control and having to pay Sky to be able to use them. Full stop. It’s like Sky is the default “incumbent” broadcaster in the UK.If anything, facilities like that should be separated out into an independent company, like what happened with Openreach, then again it can be debated as to whether that strategy worked!

    I agree 100%, splitting Sky’s subscription and platform operations from that of content would sort this. Sky are under Ofcom obligation to pass freesat EPG and other data at Adaptation I believe, how much is charged I’m not sure? If the BBC don’t reach agreement with Sky it should reappear on the freesat home transponder as this won’t have an Adaptation Hub and as such is out of their control. The new DG is keen to take on Sky with regards retransmission fees and this fiasco isn’t doing Sky any favours. I can see an end to this whole ‘platform neutrality’ policy by the BBC going forward if Sky don’t play ball. ITV and C4 are happy to let the beeb fight it out and then pop their heads out after and demand they get zero retransmission costs as the BBC win their argument! As the other PSB’s are in Sky’s pockets they don’t want to rock the boat, wrong I know but that’s business I guess!

  10. its the public’s money. the bbc have to channel resources on programming, not Murdoch’s profits. If anything SKY benefit from the inclusion of the PSB channels. If anything there should be no costs involved to the PSBs

  11. “BBC reaches agreement with Sky to allow Red Button HD on Freesat”

    “The BBC has confirmed that although the HD stream will not be available to Sky viewers, the standard definition streams will be available via the Red Button. As it stands, the streams will now not appear in the Sky Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on the channel numbers that were previously advertised. It is understood that limitations on Sky HD receivers will prevent the manual addition of the Red Button HD stream via “other channels”.”
    http://www.a516digital.com/2013/06/bbc-reaches-agreement-with-sky-to-allow.html?spref=tw&m=1

  12. So slow well now. Until next time! Btw there’s a sw update at Humax online to help those freetime users who have had issues with the catchup/showcase/player

  13. Good news, now somone (OFCOM) needs to look at why SKY are allowed to be the gatekeepers for all UK sat broadcast data.

  14. OFCOM are useless, they wont do a thing. Good news for the BBC standing up to Sky, the bad news is the channels wont be recordable but the fact Sky wont have them at all surely means they will cave before Wimbledon and we will be allowed to record.

  15. Anyone know why YouTube is not working on Freetime boxes? There’s a information page saying there are “technical difficulties”, you can get onto YouTube, but when you try to play a video there’s just a blank screen with “Loading” on.
    Is this related to the above?
    Thanks.

  16. neilckquote cite=”comment-56285″>
    fatbloke said:
    One in the eye for Sky! I bet they didn’t like that!

    I bet they didn’t but hats off to the BBC for standing their ground and not caving in to Sky’s demands. Ofcom need to put their foot down and clip Sky’s wings, sadly as they appear toothless nowt will happen.

  17. The BBC is running a’ the future of tv is connected promo’ . Wonder if that is to wind up $ky or just coincidence.

  18. I have a Humax Freesat box and I cannot get red button service on the 981 channel. can someone tell me how I can get this please?

  19. I cannot get the red button channel 981 – have Freesat+ Humax box. Can someone advise please?

  20. I am also having problems with 981 and a Humax box. I get the message on 981 “The channel is scrambled or currently not available.”

    When I use the red button text service I can access news, sport etc. etc., but not any additional services e.g. Glastonbury or Wimbledon.

    Any ideas as to what the problem could be?

  21. Interesting. I did a manual retune on the Humax when this problem first arose having read that this is the ‘best’ way to retune, but it didn’t solve the problem.

    Today just did an automatic retune and hey presto, everything is hunky dory!

  22. Both Sky+HD and Freesat+HD of course help make channels questions future Sky Chief executive and Freesat MD can talk maybe later.

  23. I have freesat red button and we have no sound.
    have had it working in the last so what’s been changed?

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