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Channel Five Hits Freesat


Channel Five Hits Freesat

I'll bet 50 jelly beans that the first thought that comes to the mind of anyone (who doesn't have Freesat) on hearing Channel Five has now joined the service is: "really? Surely it was already available?" Heck, I was surprised to hear it myself before I remembered that, no, in fact Channel Five was a Sky exclusive on satellite broadcasting at Freesat's launch.

No longer, though, is that the case, as from the 18th of November (that's this month!) Channel Five will be popping up on Freesat viewers' EPGs ready and willing to be watched.

According to Charles Constable, Channel Five's Director of Strategy: "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."

In addition to this launch, other Five channels, such as Five US and Fiver are also set to arrive on Freesat, at an unspecified time. The former being the only one I'd be interested in, but I can appreciate the effort nonetheless.

Now can we get Five HD on Freesat, too, please?


November 5, 2008, 9:20 pm

It's about time Five came to FreeSat. My mother couldn't believe it wasn't part of the standard channels. Thankfully the new Humax FoxSat HDR recorder is also out later this month so she'll be happy that she can finally record all those episodes of Neighbours that are now on Five. The analogue reception of Channel Five is awful so this is the only option to watch any TV once the digital switch over completes.


November 5, 2008, 11:18 pm

@Orinj: actually, all of them are availble on freeview as well, where available (and that would be digital as well).


November 6, 2008, 2:52 am

Thanks Singularity. I'm aware of Freeview but the analogue signal is so bad where my mother lives that there is no chance of digital Freeview reception, even after the switchover. Satellite is the only means by which my parents will be able to get any television.


November 6, 2008, 7:25 am

great news and i hope it continues the momentum towards this platform and away from the neo-con rat rupert murdoch's sky service

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