Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic Channels

Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic ChannelsFreesat will carry all of the BBC’s 24 live HD Olympic channels throughout the London 2012 Olympics, offering the full range of live BBC Olympics coverage, bringing every Olympic sport from every Olympic venue.

In addition to the 24 temporary BBC HD Olympics channels listed in the Freesat TV Guide, Freesat viewers will also be able to access the live ‘streams’ via the BBC Red Button service. Freesat’s customers with standard definition boxes will also be able to see all of the 24 BBC Olympics channels in standard definition.

Managing Director of Freesat, Emma Scott welcomed the non-exclusive agreement with the BBC, saying:

We’re totally delighted to be able to offer Freesat viewers these great BBC HD services. It is going to be an amazing summer of sport and the London 2012 Olympics in HD will truly be a sight to behold. This is the latest great example of the quality and choice in TV programmes available to Freesat customers, all subscription-free.

112 thoughts on “Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic Channels”

  1. ian said:
    You could always appoint a few admin’s that would help you to moderate it if you were to create a little forum where we could chat and talk about things and not take each new story off topic.
    Just an idea of course..
    On the Emma Scott questions, i get the distinct feeling she stalling for some reason, perhaps as it would mean revealing something she can’t do just yet?!
    Either way, she could be polite and give you a time-frame and a half decent reason why she is going slower than snails run!!

    Maybe? She seems pretty reasonable though from the previous Q&A so guess she will get back to us.

  2. Just checked the DTG’s page and it appears Humax have an OTA software update due on the 11th as their current firmware transmission ends on Wed.

  3. heres a good question why is it that when there was no space channels wanted to launch but complained theres no space now there is alot more space thanks to astra no channels have been launching just wondered.

  4. scott said:
    heres a good question why is it that when there was no space channels wanted to launch but complained theres no space now there is alot more space thanks to astra no channels have been launching just wondered.

    We’ve had a few, eg the 5*/5US services, since 1N, also there’s more ITV regionality and C4HD. The fact we had C4HD prior to 1N was only a stop-gap solution using a widebeam transponder and would never have been a solution if 1N wasn’t pending.

    There will be more services joining, keep watching this space!

  5. People need to be a little more patient as good things come to those who wait.
    Channels/broadcasters going FTA is not something that can just, happen over night, it takes time, contracts have to run their course and agreements have to be put into place.

    I was talking to a friends father today, and he asked me what you get on Freesat as he was sick of, and i quote here “having the p*** taken out me” by Sky and the constant rising cost for things, so i told him, but he was then asking me why Sky1, Dave, Alibi and so on were not on the Freesat channel list, i again, explained to him, but he jut assumed that because you use a dish to receive, they should be available to everyone and couldn’t get it into his head that they won’t be coming to Freesat, most likely (The Sky channels never) not a good while yet.
    But as i explained to him, you get a good mix of channels, you dont have to pay a corrupt slime-balls’ company every month and you save dosh.
    He was happier when i told him you can get Dave on Freeview 🙂

    Emma, if you are reading, hope you have something juicy to reveal with the time you are taking 🙂

  6. ian said: I agree, it will be nice to see it in HD (Lite) but still, not a major issue for me.
    The killer is James Allen, just…ewwww!!

    I agree he’s not very good but David Coulthard usually sets him straight. How about listening to the 5 live sound feed as some people who watch the RTL picture do.
    Thanks to Al (Origional)and Karra for the info. Nice one Russ 🙂

  7. Neil said:
    Just checked the DTG’s page and it appears Humax have an OTA software update due on the 11th as their current firmware transmission ends on Wed.

    Nice to see Manhattan have not needed to update their (user friendly) software yet. Looks like they got it right first time.Expecting an update for ITV Player sometime.

  8. thanks neil and ian for reply i agree good things come to those who wait and they also say no news is good news. ian tell your friends father hes more better of with freesat its a lot better and its true you dont get problems like you do with sky and you dont get charged for recording or need a phone line.

  9. Richard Crichton said: I agree he’s not very good but David Coulthard usually sets him straight. How about listening to the 5 live sound feed as some people who watch the RTL picture do.
    Thanks to Al (Origional)and Karra for the info. Nice one Russ

    James Allen is on 5Live, i have that on when watching via RTL.
    I still cant stand him, thats why when BBC TV is brodcasting it, im happy 🙂

  10. Richard Crichton said: Nice to see Manhattan have not needed to update their (user friendly) software yet. Looks like they got it right first time.Expecting an update for ITV Player sometime.

    Yep, looks like it, I’m looking forward to seeing their PVR once it comes out. If it’s like the HDS should be nice and slick plus flexible too on firmware in terms of adding freesat and non-freesat channels.

  11. @ Richard Criton #106. No problem and apologies if my glasses comment came across slightly harsh, dangers of posting on the internet.

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