I have it on good authority that RT HD, which launched fta (free-to-air) in December last year will launch on freesat in February.
When I spoke to freesat a few weeks ago about RT HD, they weren’t aware of the high-definition channel, but clearly this has tasked freesat into action and between them and Russia Today, a deal appears to have been made. This follows the launch of the channel on Sky (free) on Monday 14th January 2013.
Russia Today is the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news. The high-definition quality is good (though not on a par with NHK World HD) and is a very popular channel; the standard-definition version is already available on freesat channel 206.
This would be the sixth freely available high-definition channels on the freesat platform with the possibility of a seventh in the form of another news channel, Arise TV, due to launch soon, though not confirmed as coming to freesat yet.
Update (14/02/13) – No longer a rumour, RT HD will be launching this week on freesat.