Channel 5 HD is available on Sky channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150. This channel has always been encrypted but viewers could previously watch it on Freesat from Sky using a card purchased from Sky. However, following a recent change in Channel 5’s contractual relationships, Channel 5 HD is now only available to Sky customers with a subscription that allows access to HD. Channel 5 HD has never been available to all viewers free of charge. Unlike the other four terrestrial channels, the channel is not present on Freeview or Freesat. We are sorry that Channel 5 viewers who used to watch Channel 5 in HD will no longer be able to do so without subscribing to a Sky HD package.
Unfortunately, Channel 5 HD is not currently available on the Freeview or Freesat HD services. However, we are committed to launching the channel on these platforms and hope to do so in future. We will publish any additional information here.
A wider variety of our commissioned programmes are being produced in High Definition and we expect these to become available on the channel in future.