Freesat adds five more channels from Channel 5

Channel 5(official Freesat press release)

Freesat announced that it is adding a range of popular channels from Channel 5 to the platform from today, Tuesday 6th December: Channel 5 +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, 5* and 5* +1.

Freesat viewers will be able to watch some of the best comedy, sport, classic American action movies and popular dramas on 5USA including CSI New York, Numbers and Law and Order. The addition of 5* to the service will ensure that Freesat viewers have access to great soaps, films, entertainment, drama and documentaries with shows such as Alphas, Malcolm In The Middle and Sex and the City aired on the channel.

Adding Channels 5 +1, 5USA +1 and 5* +1 means that Freesat viewers can watch shows an hour after they’ve transmitted – adding to the flexibility Freesat viewers already have in watching their favourite programmes.

Emma Scott, Freesat Managing Director said:

We know that Channel 5’s wide range of digital channels are hugely popular and adding them to the Freesat platform is a fantastic development for us and our customers. These additions further strengthen our entertainment genre as we continue to bring greater subscription-free choice to audiences right across the UK.

Jeff Ford, Channel 5’s Director of Programmes commented:

We are extremely proud of where Channel 5 currently sits in terms of viewers, commercial opportunities and the spread of its content across a variety of platforms. Our exciting portfolio of channels has huge appeal with audiences and the addition of Channel 5 + 1, 5* + 1 and 5USA + 1 on DTT and satellite will no doubt be welcomed by viewers wanting another means to keep up with their favourite shows.

Channel 5 +1 will be available on Channel 128, 5USA on Channel 129, 5USA +1 on Channel 130, 5* on Channel 131 and 5* +1 on Channel 132.

113 thoughts on “Freesat adds five more channels from Channel 5”

  1. Neil this sounds a bit like post code lottery,
    How can the signal no reach meeeeee ?
    Iam fae Bonnie Dundee The city of Discovery

  2. All the ITV and BBC services are transmitted across the whole UK from the Satellite, the reason why you only get some and not others is because freesat regionalise the BBC and ITV/STV channels depending on your location. If, for example, I put your postcode in to the setup menu on my Panasonic freesat TV then I’d get BBC Scotland and STV, I’d loose my ITV1HD and ITV1+1 as these are only allocated to those in an ITV franchise area (pretty much the whole of England and South West Scotland only). If you were to, for example, put a Dumfries postcode in your receiver you’d get ITV1HD on 119, ITV1+1, loose STV but retain BBC1 and BBC2 Scotland. A lot of people north of the border have done this as they feel somewhat let down by the fact STV haven’t got their act together yet and launched STV HD on Satellite.

  3. This just announced by Ofcom:

    “Ofcom has been notified by Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited that it does not wish to proceed with its application for the fifth HD capacity slot on Digital Terrestrial TV at the present time.”

    If Channel 5 doesn’t intend to go HD on Freeview, you have to wonder whether it will also postpone any plans it might have for a Freesat HD channel.

  4. I heard a whisper that this was going to happen last week, I think they might regret that decision long term.

    So, what happens now? Does the bandwidth go back to the BBC so they can keep a BBC HD type service for BBC Three, Four, CBBC and CBeebies content as well as launch BBC2HD or to someone else? If the BBC does get it back then it’s all relevant to Freesat as any new HD services from the BBC will appear on all platforms.

  5. Neil – Ofcom went on to say “Subject to any future Ofcom decision to re-advertise the slot, the capacity will remain with the Multiplex operator BBC Free-to-View Limited and can be used by it for BBC services or services provided by a third party via a commercial arrangement.”

  6. Personally, i think Channel5 have blown any further chance of this capacity being re-tendered to them via Ofcom. You cannot consistently mess the regulator around when they are offering this space out.. Its so unprofessional on the side of Channel5 Broadcasting LTD, because if they have contractual issues then they should of foreseen this at the time of application… I hope that Ofcom tell them a 4 letter word to go away if they ask again.
    I think a change in Ofcom requirements for the capacity so the likes of Channel4 can try for Film4HD, a HD movie channel on DTT would be great.

  7. Christopher: I haven’t actually seen the full Ofcom press release yet (will have a look now) hence didn’t see that bit. I guess it’s now up to the BBC to decide what to do with it? I would hope it allows them to keep BBC HD as an on-going channel whilst launching a future BBC2HD. There’s a lot of stuff on BBC Three, Four, CBBC, and CBeebies which will get no future HD outlet. Considering all the childrens programming now comes out of MediaCity in Manchester which is all shot in HD then this is a total waste if there’s nowhere for it to be seen in HD. The remaining kids output on BBC1 is to be taken off once BBC1 Analogue has finally shutdown (24/10/12 onwards).

  8. A bit late to the party as I only realised today but big thanks for adding the C5 extra channels. Now if you could show Alphas, Californication, Justified etc from the start!

  9. I hope C5 get another chance to bring their HD channel to Freeview/Freesat when they have completed any other obligations. All the broadcasters that have strict PSB obligations should be allowed the chance to have at least one HD channel on Freeview/Freesat. Until then it is up to the BBC to use the capacity.

  10. Kate said:
    I hope C5 get another chance to bring their HD channel to Freeview/Freesat when they have completed any other obligations. All the broadcasters that have strict PSB obligations should be allowed the chance to have at least one HD channel on Freeview/Freesat. Until then it is up to the BBC to use the capacity.

    I think either they couldn’t agree to launch after Ofcom’s 1st April deadline or they’ll play a cunning game by turning down the application and doing a deal direct with the BBC (who are free to commercially do this now), thus C5 then get the slot but without all the native HD programming commitments which I think was their sticking point last time.

    Alternatively, if the beeb do something with the DTT (Freeview) bandwidth C5 HD could still potentially launch next Summer on Freesat. Something tells me though that C5 will still end up with the Freeview bandwidth to put C5HD on both platforms next Summer.

  11. Kim said: Will this include Wales? I’ve done a few retunes but so far no new channels

    i no how u feel i cant get any 5 channels, not even my old channell 5 which i did b4.

  12. I AM TRYING TO FIND THE CHANNEL NUMBERS SO MAS I CAN ADD SOME NEW CHANNELS TO MY FREESAT BOX, PLEASE CAN SOME ONE HELP

    PICK TV
    YESTERDAY
    CHALLENGE
    QUEST
    REALLY
    AND DAVE

    LOL EM

  13. ERIC said:
    I AM TRYING TO FIND THE CHANNEL NUMBERS SO MAS I CAN ADD SOME NEW CHANNELS TO MY FREESAT BOX, PLEASE CAN SOME ONE HELP
    PICK TV
    YESTERDAY
    CHALLENGE
    QUEST
    REALLY
    AND DAVE
    LOL EM

    It would be great if we could get these channels. Alas I can’t find them either. Channel 5 are alluding me also.

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