Freesports, the free to air sports channel, has commenced HD (high definition) tests on satellite. Currently a test card is being displayed, with a full EPG.
The tests are unencrypted, meaning that the Freesports HD service is likely to be available on both Sky and Freesat. It has not yet been confirmed when the channel will launch.
Freesports abandoned an earlier attempt at launching a HD channel on satellite last year, and instead launched the HD version exclusively on cable service Virgin Media.
Virgin Media will continue to sponsor Southampton Football Club, under a renewed sponsorship agreement.
The deal will run to the end of the 2021/22 season. Virgin Media will be the sleeve sponsor for the first, under 18, and under 23 squads. From the start of next season, Virgin Media will become the first ever shirt sponsor for the women’s team, with their logo appearing on the front of the shirts.
Virgin Media, who provide broadband, TV, and mobile services, first started to sponsor Southampton Football Club at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.