Rebrands for Channel 5’s sister channels

The new names for Channel 5’s sister channels have been revealed.

When Five rebrands back to its original Channel 5 name on the 14th February, Fiver will rebrand as 5* and Five USA will rebrand as 5USA.

Channel 5

Five HD launches on Sky and cable

Five HD is now available on Sky channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150. The Five channels have been reshuffled on Virgin Media to keep all them together in the EPG – Five HD is on channel 150, Fiver is on channel 151, Fiver +1 on channel 152, Five USA on channel 153 and Five USA +1 on channel 154.

Five HD

Five puts in a bid for Freeview HD slot

Media website Digital Spy is reporting Five have put in a bid for one of the Freeview HD slots. They say “the proposed service would offer an HD simulcast of Five between 5pm and 1am each day, followed by five hours of other services, such as VOD, for use by Five and other broadcasters… the 6am-5pm window would be licensed out to a third-party HD broadcaster”.

If the bid is successful, the HD service from Five is expected to launch in late 2010. Click here for more details at Digital Spy.