Channel 5 HD will launch on Freeview and Freesat channel 105 on Wednesday 4th May, joining the free-to-air platforms a day after encryption was lifted on satellite.
The channel has been testing off the EPG since last week, and will be available to all viewers with compatible Freeview HD equipment, including YouView boxes for BT TV, Plusnet TV and TalkTalk TV users. The move comes nearly six years after the HD service first appeared on pay TV platforms.
At the same time, the channel will also be added to the Freesat EPG, where the service will be found on channel 105 on HD receivers.
At around 10:20am this morning, encryption on satellite was lifted, meaning that ahead of the Freesat launch, Channel 5 HD can be added to any satellite receiver in the UK and Ireland receiving a signal from the Astra 2 cluster of satellites. Manual tuning details are available here.
DO I NEED TO RETUNE FREEVIEW FOR THIS NEW CHANNEL?
Provided your TV or box has removed BBC Three HD from channel 105, it should automatically add Channel 5 HD. Go to BBC One HD, wait 10-15 seconds and see if C5 HD has been added. If not, you'll need to retune. You will also need to retune if your TV didn't automatically remove BBC Three HD (e.g. some Samsungs), as it's possible your TV will add C5 HD to the end of the channel list...
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