Channel 5+1, 5 USA and 5* Join Freesat Next Month

Channel 5Channel 5 have announced that Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* (plus their +1 timeshift channels) will all be joining the Freesat platform in December.

This is fantastic news for the platform and clearly shows Channel 5’s intentions to bring all their channels to the wider audience (plus confirms they have kicked Sky in to touch!).

Channel 5, our main channel, is currently available on this service. Channel 5+1 will launch on this service on EPG channel number 128 on Tuesday 6th December.

Our digital channels 5* and 5 USA, as well as their relative +1 services, will launch on this service on Thursday 8th December. The relevent EPG channel numbers wil be as follows:

129: 5 USA
130: 5 USA +1
131: 5*
132: 5* +1

No news yet on Channel 5 HD, but it is suspect their existing contract with Sky concludes in July 2012 when it will launch on both Freesat and Freeview.

(thanks to regular reader Muzer for the spot)

88 thoughts on “Channel 5+1, 5 USA and 5* Join Freesat Next Month”

  1. Yeah baby! Great news. This will mean substantially more people will now join the Freesat platform!
    Well done Channel 5 – I did email them a few years ago asking why they weren’t with us – I’m really delighted they’ve actually joined….

  2. @lee @49
    I appreciate what your saying lee but in all honesty Freesat have added 15 new channels this year if you include 5* and 5usa – 15!
    5*
    5USA
    5*+1
    5USA+1
    5+1
    CCTV
    ARGOS TV
    NHK-HD
    MASSIVE RnB
    SonLife
    Channel4-HD
    NME
    Bliss
    ITV1+1
    and Racing post! coming soon!

    Come on man! thats good going!

    also as to your list of channels:

    Dave
    Yesterday
    Pick TV
    Challenge
    Quest
    -we get True Entertainment, True movies 1&2, CBS reality, CBS Action, CBS Drama, Horror channel, BET and their various +1’s

    sky news
    – We do get sky news in FTA mode! and we get 11 news stations – France24, Russia today, BBC News, CCTV, CNBC, Bloomberg, NHK World HD, AL
    jazeera, Euro News, CNN – AND theres 2 more in FTA mode – Press TV and CNC!

    Viva & 4Music?
    -We get 11 music channels man! Thats plenty (3 more in FTA mode too)

    With the addition of the 5*/5USA line-up freesat is sorted and represents the best buy out there at the moment in terms of Free channels, Free HD content, and Free News stations! Also as long as your living in a Freeview area you can always get the above channels too – don’t bother with Freeview-HD, a standard freeview box cost’s nothing these days and that’s if your TV doesn’t already have it which many do!

    Its only my opinion folks but after this and maybe with the possibility of 5HD and who knows maybe More4HD at some stage i think we are sorted! even if these HD’s dont come im happy with my package as is!

  3. You cant possibly count Racing Post as a new channel – its a programming strand on another service – nothing more. If it does well, then who knows what might happen, but its not a separate channel yet.

  4. I finally got an email back from the Travel Channel and they tell me they have no plans to join the Freesat platform. Maybe if enough people mail them they may change their mind?

  5. Saltydawg: It amazes me why the Travel Channel doesn’t show interest in the platform with over 2million unit sales?? As a FTA channel of decent proportion I’d guess they’d want to be on there??

    Liamo: Interesting we’ve had 15 channels this year added, must be the largest number added per year since launch?? Things are really looking good for Freesat now, more HD will be on the cards from Channel 4, it’s just a case of when.

  6. This is Channel 5’s current position on Channel 5 HD, usual script really:

    We are exploring options to make this channel available on other platforms including Freesat in future, but do not have any additional information at the moment.

  7. At long last … Its been a while in coming but most of new it was only a matter of time……. Lets hope a few more Hd channels now appear to give the majority something to really smile about…

  8. Excellent news, sky turning off in few days so need to get HDR from loft. I was going to upgrade the drive first but current prices have put me off.

  9. Lee b @ 61

    You’re not buying a brand new box-set are you? Buying a hard drive yourself and manually replacing it is a heck of a lot cheaper.

    Just check online to ensure the hdd is compatible. Bought a new 1TB hdd for £50 and took me less than 2mins to replace the old 320GB hdd in my Humax Foxsat HDR.

  10. Hi Admin: Re points 45/6

    I have retuned the box twice now and it is still not picking up recordings on Channel 4 HD. It flashes to say about to start, but then doesn’t kick in to record.

    Just wondered if you had any other suggestions/ thoughts on this.

    Recordings on all other channels appear to be okay (mainly BBC HD channels used). Channel 4 + 1 seems to record okay which we have used when realising that the HD was not going to pick up.

  11. @Liamo 52.

    Freeview HD boxes can be got (refurbished on Ebay) for £19.99 delivered. Tesco had a large number of their Technika STBHDIS2010 boxes with the first version of the firmware. That had the unfortunate tendency of deleting the HD channels whenever there was a simulcast. That was solved fairly quickly but the update was sent on their own data channel on a COM mux which was not available in Freeview Lite areas. That problem was fixed pretty quickly but the side effect is the boxes are as cheap as an ordinary Freeview box AND will have IPTV facilities soon.

    As there are likely to be new services on Freeview broadcasting on the released terrestrial frequencies in the next two years and these are most likely to use DVB-T2, it is a false economy to buy a DVB-T box these days. Indeed, for those in Northern Ireland who want to watch the Saorview services on the mini-muxes or direct from the Republic, a T2 box is essential.

  12. It’s great news Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* will all be joining Freesat soon. It is also great to see more advertising of the platform running up to Christmas and their new sponsorship deal with Channel 5. I have also heard (but can’t confirm) STV & UTV have held talks in the past few weeks with Freesat about getting their HD channels and +1 Channels on the platform before Christmas. Bad Pony Media is also in talks with Freesat about the launch of their new Scottish based channel which will broadcast new programming including drama, comedy and documentaries and are currently in the process of developing 30 shows for the new channel. All in all Freesat is becoming the platform of choice for broadcasters and long may it continue.

  13. Mediaman: Not heard about Bad Pony Media, who’s behind this one? I guess if they are purely Scottish based (and thus helping to promote Scotland to the wider UK) then they might get some sort of grant from the Scottish Parliament?

  14. @Mark B, was planning to get a WD AV GP Drive to upgrade the unit, but the prices are silly for AV GP or pipeline drives….much more than £50 for 1TB.

  15. @Lee B #68

    Hard drives have more than doubled in price in the past few weeks. It is due to the floods in Thailand which has reduced hard drive supply by 35%. It appears that the manufacturers have been giving priority to the major PC and laptop suppliers leading to a shortage of hard drives to everyone else. Supplies are not expected to get back to the pre flood levels until Autumn 2012.

    One interesting development could be the growth of solid state drives. At the moment they are expensive and lack the capacity however I suspect they will reduce in price and come in higher capacity versions in the next five years. Certainly good for people who want silent PVRs!

  16. Great news. Keep em coming Freesat.
    Any news on the Electric Sofa movie channels they announced they would be launching this year , but seems to of gone quiet.

  17. ftauser said:
    5USA and 5* are FTA now.

    Yep – they certainly are !

    If it wasn’t for the footie, I would drop Sky tomorrow.

  18. This has got to be the best news i have heard all year! great well done channel 5 i look forward to it yyyyiiippppeeeee

  19. Freesat should look at all the so called “free channels” on sky and try to get then to switch to Freesat. Their viewers would no longer have to subscribe to a package just to get the “free channels” what an advantages it would give then.

  20. This is great news for all freesat customers like myself we’ve waited sometime for channel 5 to kick sky out and join freesat. I look forward to tuesday 6th for 5+1 then on thursday 8th for the other channels from 5. Any idea what time the channels will start up on freesat ie morning or atfernoon

  21. Freesat Viewer said:
    Freesat should look at all the so called “free channels” on sky and try to get then to switch to Freesat. Their viewers would no longer have to subscribe to a package just to get the “free channels” what an advantages it would give then.

    Freesat is not allowed to compete with other platforms.It was one of the stipulations of the licence agreement.

    Whereas they can provide a free platform and approach channels to persuade them to join, I doubt a wholesale attempt to poach all the free channels from Sky so blatantly would go down well with the regulators.

    I think its more a case of targeting the bigger channels in a fair way and making the platform attractive so that maybe others want to join.

  22. Llew said: Any news on the Electric Sofa movie channels they announced they would be launching this year , but seems to of gone quiet.

    They’ve said that they won’t make any announcements until dates have been cast in stone. Many are sceptical that anything will happen at all so best to just take an attitude of: “if it happens it happens.”

  23. great news about all the “5” channels any news about stv hd or on demand channels in the stv region

  24. Kevin McFarlane said: ….. best to just take an attitude of: “if it happens it happens….”

    Shouldn’t be allowed to get away with stating things, then keeping quiet hoping all is forgotten when not actioned.

    Freesat /Manufacturers has done this with ITV player, and getting away with it.

    LG not so lucky, as they ended up suppliying Humax Boxes for their LG Freesat TV owners !!!

  25. Launch date for Five USA and Five* has changed.

    Now launching on 6th Dec. Launching on same day as Five+1…

  26. http://about.channel5.com/faqs/generic-f-to-j

    Channel 5, our main channel, is currently available on this service. Channel 5 +1 will launch on the service on EPG channel number 128 on Tuesday 6th December 2011.

    Our digital channels 5* and 5 USA, as well as their +1 services, will launch on this service the same day. The relevant EPG channel numbers follow:

    129: 5 USA

    130: 5 USA +1

    131: 5*

    132: 5* +1

  27. Great,sooner than expected,strange how freesat info doesnt mention anything about the five channels on 999,

  28. ????? said: Shouldn’t be allowed to get away with stating things, then keeping quiet hoping all is forgotten when not actioned.

    Electric Sofa’s mistake was to have initially announced dates rather than just saying they were working on launching some new stations.

    Ch 5 initially said something like they hope to join Freesat and didn’t specify any dates. That’s what ES should have said. They have the right approach now in not saying anything but the damage had already been done. Still, if and when they do launch I’m sure they will get some viewers.

  29. hi ive just got rid of sky as no longer can afford it i now have freesat and am happy with it but my itv1 hd and itv doest give me my local new which is granada it gives me london local new tune it in few times but still the same sam with bbc1 think sorted bbc1 but how can i get my local news on normal itv its central for local new and london on itv hd

  30. richard gains said:
    hi ive just got rid of sky as no longer can afford it i now have freesat and am happy with it but my itv1 hd and itv doest give me my local new which is granada it gives me london local new tune it in few times but still the same sam with bbc1 think sorted bbc1 but how can i get my local news on normal itv its central for local new and london on itv hd

    You need to ensure the postcode you enter as part of the initial setup is one for the north west region. If you’ve already done that, try again but use a central Manchester postcode to see if it makes a difference.

  31. Hi,

    Can anyone help, just checked for Channel 5+1 and nothing there, re-tuned, still nothing, (but lost everything in the Schedule),when we were told we would get Channel 5+1 on December 6th I thought it would happen at about 3am as usual.

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