Mar 022016

Channel 5 HD, Channel 5’s high definition channel, has today moved from the European beam to the UK beam.

The move has been made from a Sky operated transponder, to a transponder controlled by Channel 5.

It joins the rest of the Channel Five group of channels, including 5STAR and Spike

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Dec 142015

There have today been changed for Channel Five on satellite.

As we reported a few weeks ago –

Channel Five used to operate a number of different regional variations of Channel Five for different advertising in different regions of the UK. These advertising differences were stopped during mid 2015. And today there is now only one version, not the 5 regional versions, of Channel Five operating.

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Dec 052015

Is Channel 5 HD coming to Freesat soon?

What has lead to this speculation?

Well, on Friday on the Channel Five satellite transponder, 10964 H 22 5/6, new label has appeared.

This label is tagged as “7750”

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Nov 212015

Channel Five satellite changes in the next few weeks.

In the next few week, there will be some technical changes happening to Channel Five on satellite.

In the past Channel Five have operated five regional variations of Channel Five, for more specific advertising.

Earlier this year, since 1st August 2015, there has been just one national version of Channel 5, showing the same adverts.

Now in the next couple of weeks, four of the Channel Five regional variations will close, leaving just one feed covering the whole of the UK.
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Aug 042015

Channel Five had operated five versions of Channel Five, for advertising purposes.

The five Channel Five regions were London, South/Central England and Wales, Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which enabled advertisers to target specific regions.

However, it appears that on the 1st August 2015, advertising on these five versions is the same. So all five regional variations of Channel 5 serving different parts of the UK on satellite are now simulcasting the same content.

Channel Fives new owners Viacom considers running these five regional variations financially unviable.

So what is happening to the five Channel Five versions on satellite?

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Aug 022015

Football League Tonight
Channel 5
Starts August 8

Channel Five is the new home for the Championship Football League and League Cup highlights.

The highlights show will be on Saturdays at 9pm, and promises to show all goals from all matches in the football league.

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Dec 032014

Channel 5 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedules are included below:

Christmas Eve

6:00 Milkshake
9:30 Gone with the Wind
13:50 The Adventures of Robin Hood
15:50 Scrooge – A Christmas Carol (B&W version)
17:35 Michael Buble’s Christmas 2014
18:30 My Big Xmas Benefits Blow-Out
19:20 Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights
20:25 The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies: Christmas Special
21:30 Greatest Ever Christmas Movies

Christmas Day

6:00 Milkshake!
9:10 Access
9:20 Andre Rieu’s Christmas Around the World
10:20 Scrooge
12:35 The Sound of Music – Live!
15:25 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
18:10 Michael Buble’s Christmas Songbook
19:05 Chas & Dave’s Xmas Knees Up
20:00 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs
23:05 Muriel’s Wedding
1:15 ABBA: Live in Concert

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Apr 162014

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell.

Full details are not known, but Discovery is thought to have a 70% share of the deal with BSkyB taking the remaining 30% share, allowing it to add C5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

The deal will mark a significant step for US media giant Discovery, which has been keen to ramp up both its international portfolio and its exposure to free-to-air broadcasting in key markets.

Richard Desmond bought C5 from RTL in 2010 for £104m. While he was reportedly hoping to attract bids of closer to £600m, he will be happy to have tripled his money in less than four years.

The acquisition would be the most significant deal in the UK free-to-air market since the launch of C5 in 1997.

The deal, which will still be subject to regulatory sign-off, will likely have a massive impact on the channel’s programming budget, with some sources suggesting that it will be more than doubled.


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Feb 042014

Channel Five launched a new “catch Up” channel today – Channel 5+24.
It has meant a shuffle of some of their channel.

On Sky:

105 – Channel 5
171 – Channel 5 HD (subscription required)
174 – 5 USA
175 – Channel 5+24
176 – 5*
177 – Channel 5+1
219 – 5 USA+1

On Freesat:
105 – Channel 5
128 – Channel 5+1
129 – 5 USA
130 – 5 USA+1
131 – 5*
132 – Channel 5+24

So it looks like 5*+1 has been dropped for Channel 5+24.

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Jan 312014

Further to our previous post :

Channel Five will launch a new channel, Channel 5+24, on the 4th February 2014.

Channel 5+24 is a new +24 hour catch-up channel where between 7pm and midnight, the channel will broadcast whatever Channel 5 was showing the previous day. Hence the “+24”.

Channel 5+24 will be available on

Freesat channel number 132


Sky Channel number 175

replacing the Channel 5+1 service.


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