Channel 5

Channel 5Channel 5 is a television network that broadcasts in the United Kingdom. Launched in 1997, it was the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue network to launch.
The station was branded as Five between 2002 and 2010. After his purchase of the station from RTL on 23 July 2010, Richard Desmond announced plans to invest more money in programming and return to the name Channel 5 with immediate effect, prior to an official re launch on 14 February 2011 which was also applied to 5 News.

The new on-screen look for Channel 5 went live on 14 February 2011 with new idents, on-screen DOG and website address.
The re-launch has also seen investment in a range of new programming with the debut of the nightly entertainment show, OK! TV. Audience figures for the re launch were boosted with increased viewing figures for the main 5 News bulletins and improved figures for OK! TV in the 18:30 slot.
The channel is a general entertainment channel, with internally commissioned shows such as The Gadget Show and Fifth Gear appearing alongside numerous international programmes such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Neighbours and Home and Away.

On 1 May 2014, Desmond agreed to sell Channel 5 to Viacom for £450 million (US$759 million).
The deal was approved on 10 September 2014 and at the same time it was announced that it was to co-commission programmes with its pay channels such as Nickelodeon and MTV.
The channels operate under the Viacom International Media Networks Europe subsidiary.

The channel has historically had the lowest audience of Britain’s five terrestrial television channels, usually lagging well behind its main four terrestrial rivals with a viewing share of around 5%. During live football coverage, the channel often enjoys significantly larger audiences as high as 12%. Channel 5 +1 launched on Freesat, Freeview and Sky on 6 December 2011.

Website: www.channel5.com


Channel 5+1
Channel 5 +1 launched on Freesat, Freeview and Sky on 6 December 2011. The channel launched on Virgin Media  on 25 October 2012.
As with other similar ‘+1’ services, Channel 5 +1 rebroadcasts Channel 5’s entire programming output on a one-hour time-delay, though the ‘Supercasino’ commercial gaming block is blacked out on the timeshift.


Channel 5 HD
Channel 5 HD is a high-definition simulcast of Channel 5. The channel launched on Sky channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150 on 13 July 2010.
On Sky+HD, Channel 5 HD is part of Sky’s Entertainment Extra package, it was until October 2013, a Free-To-View (FTV) channel.

The rules governing HD simulcasts of SD channels covered under the Communications Act as PSB channels are being reviewed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Under the proposals, HD simulcasts of the main five channels would receive the same prominence as the standard definition channels.

On 27th. April 2016 Channel 5 HD test transmissions started on Freeview Mux. BBCB (CH105). On 4 May 2016, Channel 5 HD became free-to-air, coinciding with its launch on Freeview and Freesat.


 

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