Free-to-air Channel 5 HD: another piece of the jigsaw in place


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.





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6 comments:

  1. At least use the correct Channel 5 HD logo! :D

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    1. There's one here - http://www.sky.com/shop/export/sites/www.sky.com/shop/__EPG/EPGImages/5HD.png_599526660.png

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  2. Whoop! I might watch the channel more when it's FTA HD. Didn't know about the playout change to Ericsson, good info.

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  3. Channel 5 HD is also currently testing via a hidden stream on Freeview (BBC-B multiplex), so it looks like we could see a coordinated launch.

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  4. 5HD now occupies Sky Channel 105

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    1. Channel 5 HD moved to Sky channel 105 in August 2015 for Sky HD subscribers. I am assuming you don't subscribe to Sky HD to have noticed this change recently?

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