Five's main network will be broadcast on the BBC's Freeview Multiplex B when switchover begins in the Border region - covering Cumbria and the Scottish borders - next month.
This means that Five shows such as CSI, House and Australian soaps Neighbours and Home and Away will be available as widely in rural areas around the country on Freeview as the other four public service broadcasting networks - BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Channel 4.
This deal with the BBC should allay fears about a lack of reach for Five on Freeview.
"1.38 Our specific proposals are that the majority of the BBC services should move from Multiplex B to Multiplex 1, and one BBC video service should move from Multiplex B to Multiplex 2. Capacity should also be made available on Multiplex 2 for: one video service in each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and for Five, which should move to a PSB multiplex (it is presently carried on a commercial multiplex) in order to ensure universal access to this service from DSO.
1.39 The effect of these proposals will be to ensure that sufficient capacity is available for all PSB services on Multiplexes 1 and 2 but that their capacity will be used more intensively than it is now. S4C, the Gaelic Digital Service (GDS), and TG4 will each be available on a PSB multiplex in, respectively, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland (subject to any other agreements or consents required); and Five will be available to 98.5% of the UK population via DTT."