Freesport left the Freesat satellite platform without warning on 30th June, after failing to agree terms with Freesat. This means the channel is no longer available on the Freesat EPG.
The channel is available free-to-air on satellite, and can still be manually tuned. The manual tuning parameters are:
The channel remains available on Sky in HD and Freeview in standard definition (limited coverage).
Freesports have now converted both Freesat and Sky versions of the channel to HD only. This will mean that some viewers will lose access to the channel.
For both Sky and Freesat, there are still some viewers using legacy standard definition equipment. Viewers will need to arrange for replacement receiver boxes to be installed in order to continue to view Freesports on Sky or Freesat.
Freesports had already converted its Virgin Media service to HD, however as Virgin Media had transitioned its viewers onto newer HD compatible equipement, no viewers lost access.
Freesports remains in standard defintion on Freeview, where there are no plans to change to a HD service.
Freesports has confirmed that it will launch a HD version of its channel on Freesat. The HD version of the channel will take over the number of the current standard definition channel, with the standard definition version to move to a lower channel number.
The Freesat HD service will launch shortly after Freesports HD launches on Sky on the 15th July.
Freesports HD first launched last year on the Virgin Media cable platform.
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.