Channel 5 now in HD

Andrew Rowland | 6 May 2016 | 0 comments

Channel 5 is now available in high definition on Freeview, Freesat and YouView on channel 105. Freesat and YouView boxes will show the new station automatically; TVs and Freeview boxes may vary. You may need to perform a channel scan (retune) to see it.

It’s been a long wait. Channel 5 HD was originally due to start on Freeview in 2010. This brings to an end a shameful episode where the HD version of one of our five main public service channels was only available to viewers with a proprietary set top box, a Sky box, and from October 2013 was made subscription only. Now it is available to all licence-payers. The situation reflected the one that existed for a long time prior to January 2009, when satellite viewers could not receive Channel 5 without a Sky box, even after ITV and Channel 4 had gone free-to-air.

Talking of retuning, BBC3 vacated its slot on the Freeview/YouView platform in April and the local station That’s Manchester moved from channel 8 to 7. (There were some other minor changes too. CBS Drama changed frequency and can now only be received by HD receivers.) If you still see BBC3 at 7 or BBC3 HD at 105, you need to retune. For general advice on retuning, click here.

© Andrew Rowland 2016

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