Channel five set to launch on freesatFreesat announces launch of five in November

06 November 2008

Digital satellite TV operator BBC/ITV freesat has announced that channel five will be launching on its service on 18 November.

The move sees programmes like Paul Merton in India, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Neighbours, and Home and Away available on the platform for the first time. Football fans will also be able to watch live Uefa cup matches on five.

According to freesat, current customers won’t need to do anything to receive five. The channel will appear automatically on compatible set-top boxes or integrated digital TV on channel 105.

To find out more about the freesat service, see our review here.

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Freesat vs Freeview

The addition of five to BBC/ITV freesat sees the platform take a step closer towards offering similar channels to free-to-air competitor, Freeview.

Popular channels like Fiver, Five US, Dave, UKTV History, Virgin 1, Sky 3, Sky News and Sky Sports News are all currently available on Freeview, but not yet on freesat.

Freesat is adding new channels too, and it also has a range of channels not available on Freeview, such as the Zone channels, True Movies, Euronews and kids channels, Pop, Pop Girl and Kix!

The digital satellite provider features over 70 TV channels that are broadcast nationwide. This compares with over 40 channels on Freeview.

For a full comparison of TV services see our guide on Digital TV Options.

Freesat high definition content

Some programmes from the BBC and ITV are available in high definition (HD) on the freesat platform. Currently this is the only way you can get HD content without paying a subscription fee.

As well as the right equipment, you’ll need an HDTV to watch programmes in high definition. See our review on LCD and Plasma TVs for the latest models.

Our guide on high definition TV explained compares your options if you want to watch programmes in HD.

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