Freesat's sixth HD channel goes live

Freesat has today welcomed its sixth HD channel on the platform, with the arrival of Moscow-based RT in high definition.

The news channel joins fellow HD channels BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD and NHK World HD.

The HD version of RT replaces the standard definition version on Freesat channel 206 for viewers with Freesat HD receivers. RT HD first launched in December on free-to-air satellite and appeared on the Sky EPG in January.

Humax Freesat HD receivers will automatically add RT HD overnight tonight.

Freesat EPG data for RT HD was spotted earlier this week, giving an indication that the launch on Freesat was imminent.

Further HD channels are expected to launch on Freesat this year, such as STV and UTV HD. However, there has been no updates from either broadcaster about how their plans are progressing. STV HD is already available via manual tuning on Freesat HD receivers. Additionally, the BBC has proposed to launch additional HD channels on Freeview HD in 2014 subject to additional multiplexes being licenced. It is expected that any additional services would automatically be carried on Freesat, further boosting Freesat's own HD offering.

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