Sports on Freeview: more to explore!

Posted February 16, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

Has the Winter Olympics whetted your appetite for new and unusual sporting experiences?  There’s more to explore on Freeview, especially with two specialist sports channels.

The snow must go on

If you’ve been marvelling at the superhuman triumphs of the Winter Olympians, the good news is you still have another ten days of sliding, skiing, skating and snowboarding to enjoy. So if you’re still sorting out your triple salchow from your double cork, there’s still time to bone up on your skeleton because the puck doesn’t stop here!

BBC One: daily live coverage from 12:30am-6am and 9:15am-1pm

BBC Two: daily live coverage from 6am-9:15am and 1pm-6pm

BBC Two: Today at the Games, each day at 7pm

BBC Four: Winter Olympics Extra, each day at 8pm

Plus, of course, there’s an avalanche of Olympic action to catch up with on the BBC iPlayer.

A world of free sports with Freesports

From basketball to boxing, rugby league to wrestling, Freesports on Freeview Channel 95 provides coverage of a wide range of events, many of them live. Here’s a just a flavour of what Freesports has to offer:

British Basketball League
Friday 16 February
Freesports at 7:30pm
Live coverage of Worcester v Glasgow from the Worcester Arena

National Hockey League
Saturday 17 February
Freesports at 7pm
All the action from North America’s premier professional ice hockey league, featuring the match between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers.

Daytona 500
Sunday 18 February
Freesports at 7pm
Exclusive live coverage of one of motorsport’s most famous races.

IPA Pool Freesports Champions Cup
Monday 19 February
Freesports at 7pm
Live coverage of the search to find Britain’s best 8 Ball pool player

Golfing World
Wednesday 21 February
Freesports at 10:30pm
Bringing you up-to-date with the action and news from the world of golf.

BUCS Rugby
Thursday 21 February
Freesports at 8:30pm
Coverage of the British Universities and Colleges championship, featuring Durham v Northumbria.

The sports you like, when you like

New to Freeview on Channel 273, Sports Channel Network is an on-demand service offering a wealth of fantastic sports from across the globe.  All you need is a connected Smart TV (post 2012) or a Freeview Play TV or recorder to start watching.

As well as covering mainstream sports, such as football and tennis, there are also plenty of opportunities to get to know sports that might be new to you, such as extreme kayaking, base jumping and ballooning.

Other on-demand highlights from Sports Channel Network include the Parkour World Championships 2018 and the Snow Boarding Freeride World Tour 2018.

A feast of football and rugby

There’s still plenty of mainstream sports coverage on Freeview. With the FA Cup rounds heating up, and the Six Nations finely poised, now’s a great time to enjoy some world-class football and rugby.

FA Cup

Footie fans have some great telly to look forward to on Freeview in the coming week, including a live FA Cup match and the latest games in The Championship.

Football Focus
Saturday 17 February
BBC One at 12:00pm

Match of the Day: FA Cup
Saturday 17 February
BBC One at 10:30pm
Highlights from the fifth round of the road to Wembley, including Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion v Southampton. There’s also a look at the two matches from Friday night featuring Leicester City v Sheffield United and Chelsea v Hull City.

Football on 5: The Championship
Saturday 17 February
Channel 5 at 9pm
Colin Murray presents highlights of the latest games in the SkyBet Championship, including Cardiff City v Middlesbrough, Fulham v Aston Villa and Sunderland v Brentford.

Football on 5: Goal Rush
Saturday 17 February
Channel 5 at 10pm
All the goals from the latest games in SkyBet Leagues 1 and 2.

Match of the Day 2
Sunday 18 February
BBC One at 10:30
Action from the only Premier League clash of the day, as Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Match of the Day Live: the FA Cup
Monday 19 February
BBC One at 7:30pm
Live coverage of fifth round match between Wigan Athletic v Manchester City.

UEFA Europa League Highlights
Wednesday 21 February
ITV at 11:10pm
Action from the last-16 first-leg matches, including Sevilla v Manchester United, and Shakhtar Donetsk v AS Roma. And there’s a look at last night’s matches featuring Chelsea v Barcelona and Bayern Munich v Besiktas.

The Six Nations championship is in full swing, and there’s more enthralling rugby coming up in February and March.

Next weekend brings some crowd-pleasing matches with France v Italy (Friday 24 February, BBC One at 7:30pm), Ireland v Wales (Saturday 25 February, ITV at 1:30pm), and Scotland v England (Saturday 25 February, BBC One at 4pm).

And the championship continues until the final fixtures on Saturday 17 March. Will defending champions England be able to hold onto their trophy?

In the Women’s Six Nations, defending champions England are on course for another grand slam, after convincing wins over Italy and Wales. But there’s still room for surprises, so keep up-to-date with Freeview coverage on television and radio:

Women’s Six Nations Highlights
Sunday 25 February
BBC Two at 12pm

Women’s Six Nations: England v Ireland
Friday, 16 March
BBC Radio 5 Live at 5:30pm

Women’s Six Nations Highlights
Sunday, 18 March
BBC Two at 11:30pm

Best of the Rest

If you’re still hungry for sport, just take a look at what’s coming up next week:

Live Boxing
Friday 16 February
Dave at 9pm
Live from the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, former Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce competes in his second professional second fight against Croatia’s Rudolf Jozic.

Live Snooker World Grand Prix 2018
Monday-Saturday, ITV4 at 6:45pm Sunday, ITV4 at 12:45pm and 6:45pm
Live coverage of the Snooker World Grand Prix from Preston’s Guild Hall. Famous names such as Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and John Higgins will be in contention for the £100,000 prize.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights
Monday 19 February
Channel 5 at 7pm
Mark Durden-Smith and David Flatman present action from the 15th round matches, including Newcastle Falcons v Bath, Leicester Tigers v Harlequins, and Wasps v Exeter Chiefs.

FIA World Rally Championship Highlights
Tuesday 20 February
Channel 5 at 7pm
Between January and October, drivers are travelling the globe to compete in the World Rally Championship. This week, they’re in Sweden, facing the added challenges of snow and ice.

World Boxing Super Series
Thursday 22 February
ITV4 at 10:45pm
A preview of the upcoming World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight bout between Britain’s Callum Smith and Germany’s Juergen Braehmer.

All the sports for radio heads

As well as offering great TV coverage, Freeview also provides access to more than 30 radio stations, including three where sport has pride of place in their schedules.

BBC Radio 5 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra both provide a range of entertaining and informative sports programmes, including live commentary from major sports events.

TalkSPORT says it’s the world’s biggest sport radio station. And it’s hard to disagree, with wall-to-wall sports punditry, expert analysis and live commentaries, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Some radio sports highlights coming up:

Matchday Live
Saturday 17 February
talkSPORT at 12:00pm
Live coverage of fifth round FA Cup matches featuring Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea and Huddersfield v Manchester United.

The Sports Bar
talkSPORT at 10pm
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy with reaction, analysis and listeners’ views on the day’s sport.

Saturday 17 February
BBC Radio 5 Live at 7:30pm
Listeners’ calls and reaction on the day’s big football stories with Jason Mohammad and Robbie Savage.

Winter Olympics Ice Hockey
Saturday 17 February
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra at 12:05pm
Live commentary from the match between the Olympic Athletes of Russia and the United States.

Cricket: T20 Tri-Series
Sunday 18 February
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra at 5:45am
Live commentary of the match between New Zealand and England.

Trans Euro Express
Sunday 18 February
talkSPORT at 8pm
Danny Kelly rounds up the best of the weekend’s European football action, plus listeners phone in their views.

Chelsea v Barcelona
Tuesday 20 February
BBC Radio 5 Live at 7:30pm
Live Champions League commentary on Chelsea v Barcelona from Stamford Bridge. Plus updates from Bayern Munich v Besiktas.

Women’s Football
Wednesday 21 February
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra at 6:45pm
Live football commentary from the Women’s Super League of Liverpool Ladies v Sunderland Ladies.

Ian Robertson: A Life in Rugby
Thursday 22 February
BBC Radio 5 Live at 9pm
Before he hangs up his microphone, the legendary commentator reflects on 46 amazing years in broadcasting.

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