Freesat customers to enjoy full BBC coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Freesat has today announced it will be carrying the BBC broadcast of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games live, across 8 channels in HD and SD. Available via the BBC Red Button and accessible via the Freesat EPG, viewers will be able to watch the world’s greatest athletes achieve sporting success live from Rio de Janeiro when the games commence on Friday 5th August 2016.

Freesat will also provide access to BBC Red Button+, an interactive service that provides direct access to BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport App to watch 24 live and on-demand streams in HD. Through BBC Red Button+, viewers will be able to watch over 2,500 hours of live sporting action throughout the two-week event.

Jennifer Elworthy, Freesat’s director of marketing and communications, said:

We’re really pleased to bring Freesat viewers access to the BBC’s live coverage from Rio 2016. With 8 live streams to enjoy viewers will be spoilt for choice with classic events from track and field, to newer sports like Golf.

Eight live HD streams will be available on Freesat channels 261-268 to viewers with the latest set-top boxes, with a further eight live SD channels available on channels 271-278.

16 thoughts on “Freesat customers to enjoy full BBC coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”

  1. I would imagine only the Red Button + is for the latest boxes, whereas the older ones still have regular Red Button, and still HD/SD channels. Otherwise it would be very odd.

  2. So it looks as though us that supported Freesat at the beinging are being left out in the cold with just SD content . Is that correct? We are the pioneers that got you were you are today and I have HD capability so why am I being left out, or is your explanation of the whole thing misleading?

  3. For us ‘early adopters’, I am pleased to be able to confirm that the eight HD Olympic channels have all appeared automatically on my trusty old Foxsat-HDR (ch: 261-268). 😊

    They are currently all showing the BBC Rio2016 Promo on continuous repeating loop, each with a staggered start.

    The SD versions are also there (ch:271-278).

  4. Thanks for that info Keith. My trusty Foxsat-HDR boxes work a treat so I have no plans to upgrade them.

  5. I use a Manhattan Plaza HDR-S. The SD versions come up automatically. Did an install and got the HD ones.

  6. My Humax seems to have these channels and the usual multi-screen red button set up.
    All seem to be in HD!

  7. Really like the blue button menu that changes frequently to show whether there’s any GB involvement in the event.

    The negative thing is that the BBC have broken the Sport Android app so that Chromecasting now doesn’t work.

  8. I’m seeing reports that Chromecast on the BBC Sport app has been fixed. Which is nice, but I now can’t use it as I’m not going to be at home for the next few weeks.

    Along the same lines, I’m having to watch the Olympics on Freeview. Whereas I was giving two thumbs up to the Freesat implementation of the Blue Button, the Freeview version is rather irritating in that every time the data changes the big banner appears at the bottom of the screen. This can happen every minute or so during times that there are a lot of changes happening.

  9. Hi admin.
    Dose anyone know if BLAZE channel is joining freesat?? Cannot see details anywhere.

    Thank you

  10. Hope we all like this email I received off UKTV…..

    Dear Dan,

    Thank you for your email.

    ​We pleased to offer Drama, Yesterday and Really to Freesat users.

    Dave and Home may be added in the future as we’re always looking at ways of improving our service but the rest of our channels are pay TV channels so they won’t be moving to Freesat or Freeview I’m afraid.

    Please do not respond directly to this email and continue to send any queries to

    Kind Regards


  11. This might be a significant reply. Usually these questions are met with a “no comment” type answer which this does not seem to be.

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