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TRT World starts HD tests ahead of UK TV launch

International news channel TRT World has begun testing an HD service aimed at viewers in the UK and Ireland, via the Astra 2 satellite system.

It follows the commencement of standard definition tests last month and the expansion of the English language news channel on a number of satellites around the world within the last six weeks.

TRT is pushing ahead with a rapid expansion of the international service, first launched with limited coverage in 2015, with roll-out on further satellites by mid 2017, providing coverage in most parts of the world. 

Despite the tests on the Astra 2 satellite system, which serves households using Sky or Freesat across the British Isles, there's been no announcement so far about its inclusion on either the Sky or Freesat Electronic Programme Guide. In the meantime, viewers can manually tune in the channel via Sky's other channels menu or non-Freesat mode on Freesat boxes.

Originating from Turkish state broadcaster TRT, the channel broadcasts from Istanbul and London. The channel's schedule includes daily news show Insight, with former Sky News presenter Martin Stanford (pictured above), from its London studio, with a world news agenda that is similar to traditional UK broadcasters. The channel is funded by the Turkish state and has so far not been observed carrying adverts. TRT World isn't yet a fully 24 hour operation, with news bulletins during the overnight period (Turkish time) being repeated, or "rebroadcast" from 2200 GMT.

Manual tuning - standard definition
Frequency:    11479
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  22000 (22 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Mode:         DVB-S, QPSK
Service ID:   50881 

Manual tuning - high definition
Frequency:    11509
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  23000 (23 Mbaud)
FEC:          2/3
Mode:         DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:   55273 

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