The extra BBC Olympic channels have been removed from the EPG following the end of the Olympic Games. Channels 450-473 and 474-497 have been removed on Sky.
Some of those channel numbers will re-appear in time for the start of the Paralympic Games this month. The coverage will be provided by Channel 4 who are launching 3 HD and 3 non-HD channels of extra coverage.
The 24 Olympics channels from the BBC have been added to the Sky EPG ahead of the Games opening ceremony this Friday. They are available in HD and non-HD.
HD customers will find the HD channels from 450 through to 473 and their non-HD equivalents from 474 through to 497.
Non-HD customers will have the non-HD channels show up first (450-473) and the HD placeholders further down the EPG (474-497).
The channels are also available on Virgin Media – channels 550 through to 597 – for the duration of the Games.
BBC Three also extends its hours to run 24/7 throughout London 2012.
Channel 4 will be covering the Paralympic Games for the first time this summer. They’re providing extensive coverage on Channel 4 and More 4.
It’s just been announced Channel 4 will launch three dedicated channels on Sky (available in HD and non-HD) in the Sports section of the Sky EPG. Those channels will also be available at Channel4.com.
A Virgin Media launch of the extra channels hasn’t been confirmed yet but it’s thought to be likely.
24 live channels will be launched by the BBC for use over the London 2012 Olympics this summer.
The temporary channels will be made available to cable and satellite (Sky and Freesat) and will be available in HD as well as SD.
The BBC’s director of London Roger Mosey said “the aim is that you’d be able to pick from watching BBC Olympics 1 right through to BBC Olympics 24 with full programme guides and the ability to record your favourite sports… not every platform will be able to accommodate such a huge technical offer, which amounts to 48 channels in total if you count 24 SD (Standard Definition) plus 24 HD”.
BBC Three will extend its broadcast hours for the duration of the Olympic Games next year.
The BBC have announced BBC Three will be on the air throughout the day to provide coverage for London 2012. BBC Three doesn’t usually start until 7pm in the evening.
BBC Three will supply extended coverage of the Games and that will continue through to 11pm each day. The channel’s normal non-sport programming will continue as normal after 11pm.
News bulletins (BBC Three’s 60 Seconds programme) will continue on the hour every hour throughout the day.
London 2012 runs from the 19th July to the 12th August.
The extended BBC Three hours means BBC Parliament will be removed from Freeview during that period due to the limited capacity on Digital Terrestrial.
BBC Three will revert back to its normal 7pm start time after the 12th August, and BBC Parliament will return to Freeview.
The BBC have also announced a new DAB digital radio station that will be on the air for around 20 days throughout the Olympics. The new station will be called BBC Radio 5 Live Olympics Extra and will run alongside BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.