Free Sports

"FreeSports is a British free-to-air sports television channel operated and owned by Viaplay Group Launched on 31 August 2017, the channel is operated in the United Kingdom and is also available in the Republic of Ireland as a pay channel.

FreeSports launched on 31 August 2017, with its aim to provide free-to-air sports coverage and become a top three dedicated sports channel in the UK. It is available on all major platforms, available in 18 million UK homes. It is only available on Freeview HD, not standard Freeview.[3] The channel holds a partnership with rights holders IMG, MP & Silva, Lagardère Group, Pitch International and Infront Sports & Media. It is a sister channel of Premier Sports. FreeSports released a statement in February 2018 revealing that it would go high-definition (HD) on Sky in summer 2018, however, the channel only remains available in standard definition. In May 2019, a move to HD on Sky UK was set for 15 July 2019.

The channel launched on Virgin Media channel 553 on 21 July 2018. A temporary duplicate launched on channel 130 on Virgin Media at midnight on 22 July 2018, a slot previously vacated by Alibi +1 prior to the UKTV channels' removals, until the network was restored on 11 August 2018. On 25 September 2018, the channel launched in high definition on Virgin Media. The HD version replaced the SD version on Freesat and Sky on 15 July 2019.

In 2019, FreeSports was made available via STV Player, the streaming service of Scottish broadcaster STV. Viewers could watch a live-stream of the channel,[6] as well as view a selection of programmes on demand. FreeSports was removed from STV Player in 2021.

On 8 January 2020, FreeSports was removed from Sky in Ireland. La Liga TV launched on 13 January 2020 on the same channel throughout the UK and Ireland.

On 30 June 2020, FreeSports was removed from Freesat due to fee disagreements

On 20 July 2021, eir Sport 2 closed on all providers in Ireland. On Sky, it was on channel 422. On 27 July 2021. FreeSports was added to the EPG on Sky in Ireland in its place.

Alongside CBS Justice and Forces TV, FreeSports was removed from the Freeview platform on 29 June 2022."

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