Sky Sports 1 available free on 17th August

Sky Sports 1 will be broadcast on Pick TV this August for one day only it has been announced. This will be the first time Sky Sports has been on Freeview.

Pick TV will transform into Sky Sports 1 on Saturday 17th August and will show a Premier League match for free.

It’s likely this will only be the case for Freeview and not Sky or Virgin Media viewers. However Sky and Virgin Media customers who don’t subscribe to Sky Sports will instead have the option of seeing the Sky Sports 1 content on Sky 2.

In related news, Sky Sports will no longer be available on BT Vision from August as that space will be used for the new BT Sport channels.

Sky Sports

BBC red button expanded for the summer

The BBC have announced expanded red button video services will be available this summer, including one HD red button stream for the first time.

Alix Pryde, director of BBC Distribution says “there will be extra courts from Wimbledon and extra stages from Glastonbury. And on top of that, we’ll be offering you HD coverage of a range of other events too numerous to list in full”.

“The extra SD streams are timed to cover the last week of June and the first week of July as this is the busiest time of the year on the Red Button. The HD stream will start a little sooner and will be available for longer. The HD Red Button will be the place to find our 3D coverage of the Wimbledon semi-finals and finals”.

The red button streams will be available on the EPG so viewers can see exactly what is being shown and also gives them the ability to record red button events with ease:

BBC red button table

29th June update:

You may have noticed the red button channels haven’t appeared as separate channels on the Sky EPG as originally planned. The BBC say they are having issues getting them added to the Sky platform so viewers will need to access the videos by pressing the red button instead of going to the individual channels. Check the comments on the BBC blog for more information.