Election Debate v International Football as ITV and STV split services

International football is being relegated online by STV, as the Scottish broadcaster hosts an election debate, presented by Bernard Ponsonby.

Viewers in Scotland, who receive STV or ITV Border Scotland as their local channel 3 service will see live coverage of the Scottish Election debate from 8pm, ahead of May's Scottish elections. The football fixture between England and the Netherlands will be shown on STV's internet service STV Player.

Debate or Football? 
In the Borders, the debate will only be available in standard definition. ITV HD will show the international friendly between England and the Netherlands, as there isn't currently a regional HD version of ITV for the Scottish Borders. 

Across Scotland, the football will also be available satellite on Sky channel 973 (SD) and Freesat channel 977 (SD) and via Virgin Media on 853 (SD). HD versions of ITV can be manually added on satellite through the Sky other channels menu or via non-Freesat mode on most Freesat receivers. Frequency details on this page.

Football or the debate?
Viewers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who want to follow the Scottish Election debate can do so via the STV Player (player.stv.tv) or via satellite, where STV can be manually tuned in via Sky's other channels menu or the non-Freesat mode on most Freesat receivers.

For viewers wanting a bit of both: A replay of the Election Debate follows on STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow after the 10pm news, while ITV Border Scotland and STV will show highlights of the football.

STV HD tuning parameters:
Astra 2G, Frequency 11068
Polarisation: Vertical
Mode: DVB-S2, 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 23000
FEC: 3/4

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