The team behind Setanta Sports and Premier Sport are preparing to launch a new sports channel in the UK.

FreeSports is looking to launch from the end of August 2017.

Details of which competitions FreeSports will show are still unclear, although the channel is due to cover tennis, rugby and football.  The channel is due to lauunch on 31 August 2017.

Capacity on Freeview will be limited to 75% of the UK for devices that support Freeview HD or Freeview Play.  A placeholder for the new service now appears on Freeview channel 95 for viewers in the coverage area.  Details about carriage on other platforms are still to be confirmed.

Since Setanta Sports collapsed in the UK in 2009, the business has continued elsewhere, operated through a web of different limited companies registered in various countries, but backed by the same management team. Setanta Sports Ireland was taken over by eir Telecom at the end of 2015 and rebranded to eir Sports in 2016. Parts of the Setanta empire have continued in the UK under the Premier Sports brand since 2010.