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      Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      More than 10 million Sky homes will be able to watch the 2012 London Olympics through two dozen brand new BBC channels which will be dedicated to the BBC’s live coverage of the games. In addition, more than 5 million Sky homes with Sky+HD set-top boxes will be able to watch the coverage in stunning high definition (HD), to make their Olympics experience even richer and more immersive.

      The innovative agreement will mean that Sky homes will have access to comprehensive coverage of this summer’s Olympics, with up to 24 live dedicated HD and SD channels running simultaneously at peak times during the games. The 48 brand new channels, which are being created specifically for the Olympics, will launch into Sky’s Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and will show every sport from cycling to archery, swimming to wrestling, tennis to the 100 metre final. Alongside coverage on the existing BBC channels, Sky homes will be able to enjoy 2,500 hours’ worth of live BBC coverage throughout the Games.

      What’s more, because Sky homes will be able to view the channels via the Sky EPG, Sky+ homes will be able to record the coverage to watch at a time that suits them so that they can record every one of their favourite events and not miss any of the action.

      As with the rest of the HD channels on the Sky platform, the new channels will be broadcast in 1080i and in wide-screen to enhance the viewing experience. The BBC’s Olympics coverage will also be accessible via the BBC Red Button.

      Stephen van Rooyen, Managing Director of Sky’s Sales and Marketing Group, said: "The London Olympics is a huge event in 2012 and one that we are all looking forward to here at Sky. We believe that the best way to watch the Olympics is in glorious HD as it offers viewers the best possible viewing experience and, supported by Sky+, the flexibility of watching the action at a time that suits our customers. We’re delighted that every single Sky home will have the opportunity to enjoy unprecedented coverage of the biggest UK sporting event in a generation.”

      When watching the coverage with Sky+, customers will be able to record, rewind and replay crucial moments throughout the Olympics and also use this feature to record their favourite sports and events from the games automatically on their Sky box. The Sky+ Remote Record option also allows customers to set their Sky+ or Sky+HD box to record from mobile devices or the web.

      The 48 new channels will be added to the Sports section of Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide from the 24th of July. The channels are free-to-air and available to any Sky home, including Freesat from Sky homes. The HD channels are available on any Sky+HD box and do not require a subscription, but do require an HD ready TV. Customers will require a Sky subscription in order to use Sky+.

      In addition to the live Olympic coverage scheduled to broadcast over the 24 new BBC channels, comprehensive Olympic coverage will also be available on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC HD, BBC Two, BBC Three and the BBC News Channel, of all which will also be available to all 10.3 million Sky homes.
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      re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      Very interesting....

      Firstly according to The Telegraph this is going to be something available to Satellite and Cable providers in the UK.

      London 2012 Olympics: BBC to make 24 HD live streams available to cable and satellite providers - Telegraph
      ...Sky will pick up the cost of the satellite distribution even if other platforms take the service, although it is understood that Virgin Media have entered into discussions.
      ..."Just to underline - this is a distribution agreement for the Sky platform and for others, and it's not about sharing the broadcast rights which remain with the BBC within the UK.
      "This is no different from existing BBC channels being on Sky, Virgin, Freesat and BT Vision. But clearly we're delighted by the ability to get BBC channels to as many people as possible on the device of their choosing."

      Subscription will not be required to see the BBC channels, which will also be available through the free-to-air platform Freesat.
      Since they will be specific channels, it does mean that people can record the content and schedules will help to do this. Knowing sports events though, I suspect that much of this will change.

      What it also means is that the BBC may actually be in a position to launch a regionalised BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD service afterwards. Perhaps they may even introduce BBC3 HD and BBC4 HD too.

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      re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      Scubbie, are you sure they wil be individually recordable (by schedule) with SKY+? Are they not the usual interactive (red button) channel streams ?

      EDIT - I see they will be nomral channels...you won't need a SKY HD scusbcription or Sky Sports for thsi will you?

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      re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      According to the blurb, they will be free channels available on both Sky and Freesat. 24 will be SD and 24 will be HD, a total of 48 channels.

      I was concerned that they might be Red Button channels, but it appears that this is not the case.

      I guess since the BBC will need to record all the action for the Olympics anyway, so that each country can then select what they wish to broadcast locally, the footage was going to available. This way virtually everyone in the UK has access to the content too.

      My comments about the regional content & increased HD channels is based on the fact that the current BBC1 HD service is not regionalised and that there are 18 BBC regions. With BBC 2, 3, 4, Alba, News and Parliament, that makes 24 channels.

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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      Great, red button standard def (or somehow lower def?) was always carp

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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      If BBC are getting all the gravy, I expect Sky News will completely ignore the Olympics then

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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      In 3D or would that be asking to much?

      BBC I mean not sky 3D I wont pay for that.
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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      Quote Originally Posted by Medicuk View Post
      In 3D or would that be asking to much?

      BBC I mean not sky 3D I wont pay for that.
      If they can't afford F1 I doubt very much the BBC will be buying 3D cameras anytime soon.


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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      It took some searching, but YES there will be some footage in 3D of the Olympics:

      BBC News - BBC announces 3D Olympic coverage
      The BBC has announced its plans for 3D broadcasts from the 2012 Olympic Games.

      The broadcaster says the extravagant opening and closing ceremonies will be shown in the format, as will nightly highlights from the games.

      The only sporting event to be shown live in 3D will be the men's 100 metre finals on 5 August.

      Roger Mosey, BBC director of 2012, said there had never been plans for a dedicated 3D channel, and that consumer demand was lower than expected.

      Recent research by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom suggests just 6% of UK households have television sets which are 3D ready.

      "The BBC's overall approach to 3D has been very much on the lines of an experiment around special events like Wimbledon and Strictly Come Dancing," Mr Mosey wrote in a blog post about the plans.

      He added that the decision to limit 3D broadcasts had been taken to ensure there was no interruption to live coverage of major events.

      "If we had, for instance, decided to do a whole night of athletics in 3D on Friday 3 August, then we'd have lost swimming and other sports from BBC HD," he wrote.

      Generally speaking, the BBC HD Channel will be a high-definition version of BBC Three, which will provide live Olympics coverage between 09:00 and 23:00.

      The 3D broadcasts will follow after the live action has finished.

      Mr Mosey first announced plans to show the Olympics in 3D in 2009. However, this is the first time there has been confirmation of which events will be covered.

      More events may be filmed in the format - and the new super high-definition (Super HD) standard - for archival purposes.

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      Re: Watch every second of the BBC's 2012 Olympics coverage on Sky

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      If BBC are getting all the gravy, I expect Sky News will completely ignore the Olympics then
      Hopefully, yes. It's all going to be tedious overkill. Morning, noon and night.
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