Northern Irish broadcaster UTV has confirmed it will be launching its HD channel on Sky and Freesat in November.
The announcement comes a week after test data for UTV HD was spotted on satellite.
The channel will launch on 4th November 2013 in Northern Ireland on Freesat channel 119 – the number currently assigned to itv HD in England, Wales and the Scottish Borders. On Sky HD, the HD channel will replace the SD channel on 103, the first such swap on a main PSB channel.
Viewers outside of Northern Ireland will be able to manually tune the service in on their satellite receivers when it launches.
UTV HD has been available on Freeview HD in Northern Ireland since last October and on Virgin Media NI since 2010. BBC One Northern Ireland rolled its HD service on all platforms last year.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said:
Our Sky and FreeSat viewers will be able to enjoy a new dimension to their viewing, with even greater picture clarity on UTV HD.
Bringing HD to these two additional platforms represents a significant investment by UTV and one which we think our viewers will enjoy immensely.
All of the favourite big name programmes will now be available in HD on Sky and FreeSat, including X Factor, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Our audience can look forward to watching the UEFA Champions’ League and FA Cup games, as well as local favourites like Lesser Spotted Culture – all in HD.

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By Expat