Virgin Media has announced it’ll be broadcasting all of the BBC’s Olympic channels in HD and SD.
The BBC will be streaming show every Olympic event and ceremony in both standard and high definition through various channels – through BBC Red Button, its BBC Sport and BBC Olympics sites, BBC iPlayer and dedicated Freeview channels.
For Virgin Media TiVo customers, advanced Red Button services will also be available, providing a dedicated archive of catch-up footage. Perfect for those re-runs of judo, show jumping and beach volleyball.
As well as this, Virgin Media will be showing the games in 3D courtesy of the BBC and Eurosport. The BBC will be showing the opening and closing ceremonies in 3D, plus ‘selected live events and daily highlights’.
On the 27th of July, Eurosport 3D will launch on Virgin Media, showing eight hours of live 3D coverage of the games and four hours of daily highlights.
Virgin Media says this will provide ‘the most comprehensive 3D coverage of the Games on British television.’ Sky has also announced that it’ll be broadcasting the BBC’s Olympic HD channels along with 3D Eurosport coverage.
Aleks Habdank, director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media said: “With a full range of live channels in HD and the first Olympics in 3D, Virgin Media TV customers are going to be spoilt with an unbeatable experience for watching the 2012 London Olympics. This year’s unprecedented breadth of viewing options will allow fans of any Olympic sport to watch their favourite events live and on demand, and with BBC and Eurosport 3D, viewers will be able to immerse themselves in the Games as never seen before.”
Virgin Media Eurosport 3D: Can I get it?
Customers with a V HD, V+ HD box or either of the TiVo boxes will be able to watch both the BBC HD and 3D coverage and Eurosport 3D. If you’ve got a standard definition V Box, then no BBC HD for you and definitely no 3D.
BBC HD, BBC 3D and Eurosport 3D will be available to those with a Virgin Media V HD, V+ HD box or a TiVo 500GB or TiVo 1TB box.
Customers with the TiVo or V+ HD services also have the ability to record up to three channels at once. This lets you automatically store up to three live ‘buffers’ of programmes, though keep in mind you won’t be able to switch to any other channels if you’ve got all three recording at once.