The channel is now responding to viewer correspondence indicating that "commercial reasons" are holding back the launch of UTV HD on Sky and Freesat. UTV HD is now expected to join ITV HD on satellite before the end of 2013.
Scottish counterpart STV has also delayed adding STV HD to Sky and Freesat line-ups, although an HD simulcast of STV (STV West/Glasgow version) is already available on satellite. It is not known when STV HD will formally launch on satellite.
Both STV HD and UTV HD are available on Freeview HD channel 103 and cable in their respective licence areas.
Last March, UTV and STV reached an agreement with ITV plc paving the way for STV HD and UTV HD to launch on satellite. Back then, it was indicated that the HD channels would be available by the end of 2012. Then UTV mentioned that it would have its HD service on satellite before the end of June 2013.
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last updated 09/07/2013 20:19