Freesat have today announced the forthcoming addition of Five onto the platform on Tuesday 18th November 2008.
Since launching in 1997, Five has developed a strong reputation for a wide mix of entertainment, documentaries, features, news, sport and children’s programmes. The channel’s Autumn schedule includes Paul Merton in India, 1968 Unseen, Dangerous Adventures for Boys, Unbreakable and Axe Men.
Commenting on the addition of channel Five to the service, Freesat Managing Director Emma Scott said;
We’ve been looking forward to welcoming Five onto Freesat since we launched – and we know viewers have too. Five is a fantastic addition and we’re thrilled that the large number of homes that have already chosen Freesat will now be able to enjoy Five alongside around 140 other channels available without a subscription or contract.
Charles Constable, Channel Five’s Director of Strategy, said;
I am delighted that Five will be available to Freesat viewers. Our launch will support three of Five’s objectives: to be universally available throughout the UK, to let viewers watch our programmes on the platform of their choice, and to enable as many people as possible to watch Five free of charge.
Five (channel 105) will automatically be added to Freesat digital boxes and integrated TVs.
Update: A number of you have asked about Fiver and Five US, the official statement from Freesat is:
Due to lack of availability of appropriate satellite capacity, Fiver and Five US are unable to join freesat currently. However, we are exploring options to secure capacity to enable these channels to join freesat at some time in the future.