channel5Channel 5 is preparing to launch a free-to-air channel repeating shows from the main channel – similar to Channel 4’s 4Seven. 5 Later will launch on Freeview, YouView, Freesat and Sky, the channel is due to launch in January

5 Later first appeared as a placeholder on Freeview channel 55 in August. In order to maintain that channel number slot under rules laid out by digital terrestrial TV EPG manager Digital UK, a 15 minute programme preview launched at the end of September, showing between 2:15 and 2:30. Channel 55 is also available via YouView, subject to local Freeview coverage. In October, an additional licence enabling 5 Later to launch on satellite and cable in the was issued by Ofcom.

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