The free-to-air launch of Channel 5 HD appears to have moved closer, although the broadcaster remains tight-lipped in public about the matter.
Nearly a couple of months after Channel 5 obtained a licence for its HD channel on Freeview, the station has begun transmitting Freesat programme data alongside its still encrypted satellite signal, providing further evidence of behind-the-scenes technical work taking place ahead of an official announcement.
In July, it will be six years since Channel 5 launched its high definition channel on Sky. Under previous ownership, the channel declined access to a Freeview HD slot twice, preferring to continue its carriage deal with Sky. In March, Channel 5 HD changed satellite transponder, moving off Sky capacity. Playout of the channel was also transferred behind the scenes from Sky to Ericsson.