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Channel 5 HD on Digital Terrestrial Confirmed


Channel 5 HD on Digital Terrestrial Confirmed

Ofcom has announced that Channel 5 will be brining an HD channel to digital terrestrial television - aka HD Freeview - late next year. Channel 5 will be the last of four HD DTT providers, broadcasting alongside the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and S4C.

Channel 5 was bidding against a joint pitch from Channel 4 and S4C for the final slot, but Ofcom "decided that the application from Channel 5 fulfilled the various criteria more fully than the application from Channel 4 and S4C." Channel 5 will be 'simulcasting' its peak time programmes, such as The Gadget Show, UEFA Europa League football and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, in addition to "blockbuster movie premiers."

Ofcoms announcement also mentions that Channel 5 will likely share its HD space with another provider during daytime hours to bolster the amount of content available in high definition. Other services, such as HD video on demand are also likely to be made available which would be pretty neat.

Ofcom says the first three HD Freeview channels will become available from late this year in Granada, the first region to see an update to HD Freeview. The rest of the country will see those services available as the UK digital switchover process continues, finishing in 2012. In some parts of England, therefore, Channel 5 will almost certainly be available by the time HD Freeview is.

We can only hope Sky and especially Freesat are able to grab a slice of Five's HD pie, too.



June 15, 2009, 10:12 pm

Wasn't the BBC-HD digital terrestrial supposed to have started back in April 2009? With ITV and C-4 were to follow thereafter.


June 15, 2009, 11:54 pm

Seeing as Five is free to view presumably this means Five HD should be coming to Freesat too?


June 16, 2009, 4:42 am

I think 'free' channels like this shoud be available on all the platforms, I hate the fact 4HD is only on sky

Tony Walker

June 16, 2009, 10:03 am


Available in "Granada" region only for those receiving their picture off the main Winter Hill transmitter.

For those of us on relay transmitters(*) they might as well be transmitting the complete works of Shakespeare (in HD of course). We've currently got 4 analogue frequencies (no terrestrial C5) and the thieving gits are only giving us 3 of those for Digital Terrestrial. So we'll get DTT HD when politicians can be regarded as human beings.

(*) For my village to receive Winter Hill transmissions, either a large terraforming project would need to be undertaken, or we would need aerials of a height that would interfere with the aircraft on the approach to Manchester airport.


June 14, 2010, 7:47 pm

'I think 'free' channels like this should be available on all the platforms, I hate the fact 4HD is only on sky'


I get 4HD along with BBC HD and ITV HD on my Humax Freeview receiver.

In fact I find it annoying that 4HD is NOT available to non-$ky subscribers (I use 28°E just for FTA stuff using a HD sat receiver), BBC and ITV1 HD are freely available, but not Ch4 HD for some reason.

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