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FreeSports delayed for Freesat viewers

Freesat viewers wanting to access the new FreeSports TV channel from the EPG will need to wait until the second week in September.

The broadcaster confirmed that the station, which launched today with coverage of the Champions League Ice Hockey fixture between Nottingham Panthers and Mountfield HK, will not appear on Freesat until 12th September 2017. 

Ahead of its arrival, FreeSports has been allocated Freesat channel 252. However, until then it can be manually tuned in using the following parameters: Astra 2 (28E), 11426V, Symbol Rate: 27500, FEC: 5/6, DVB-S, SID:52556

The launch of the channel occurred on Thursday morning on Freeview channel 95, although the 75% of the UK that can receive a signal require a next-generation Freeview box or TV to receive the channel.

Sky viewers found they couldn't access the channel until the afternoon, with mixed and contradictory messages going out. Sky customer service indicated at one point that they were unaware of the channel's proposed launch. Technical changes to the signal occurred later in the day, followed by its addition on the channel list. On Sky, the channel is available on channel 424.

Virgin Media viewers will for the time being also be blocked from accessing the channel. Despite the cable provider appearing in early publicity for the channel, no carriage deal has been reached.