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Channel 5 HD on Freeview cancelled ... again

Ofcom have notified today that Channel 5 have withdrawn from Freeview HD.

Ofcom have notified today that Channel 5 have withdrawn from Fr
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Email from Ofcom today says today:

Ofcom has been notified by Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited that it does not wish to proceed with its application for the fifth HD capacity slot on Digital Terrestrial TV at the present time.

Subject to any future Ofcom decision to re-advertise the slot, the capacity will remain with the Multiplex operator BBC Free-to-View Limited and can be used by it for BBC services or services provided by a third party via a commercial arrangement.

See also Channel 5 again ditches plans to launch HD channel on Freeview - Media - .

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Friday, 16 December 2011
Lee Donaghy
3:21 PM

No great loss.

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Ian Grice

4:38 PM

How many times has this happened?

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Trevor Harris

5:32 PM

Sounds like they could not agree on price with BBC. Prehaps they are hoping for a better deal when more multiplexes become available.

I know its not a PSB but I think the viewers choice would be for Film 4 HD to take the slot.

Unless the BBC can find someone to take the slot they have a bit of a dilemma.

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Trevor Harris's 367 posts GB flag

10:56 PM

I hope the BBC keep hold of the channel, at least until after the Olympics. Other than that possibility, I expect it to go to a third party, the BBC could do with the income.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011
Mark A.

8:25 PM

This will mean that I can only watch Neighbours at;
2:15pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5.
3:15pm and 6:30pm on Channel 5 +1
3:00pm and 7:00pm on 5*
4:00pm and 8:00pm on 5* +1
So I will only be able to watch it 8 times a day and not 10 times,
unless I watch it on Demand 5.

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Mark A.'s 374 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 December 2011

12:19 AM

Crazy. One of the main channels not on freeview HD ?? I guess not on Freesat HD either now

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Des Collier

7:45 PM

Bet they are still on sky!!!!,flamin' ridiculous,give the space to someone WHO really wants it.

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Ian Grice

9:19 PM

Des I totaly agree. tell them to bugger off and sell the slot to someone that is more reliable.

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Mike Dimmick

10:21 PM

Des Collier, Ian Grice: Channel 5 were the only applicants. Unless there was some kind of gentlemen's agreement that ITV (or other Channel 3 licensees) and Channel 4 would not bid this time, you have to assume there isn't that much interest at this time.

ITV plc did announce plans to acquire Channel Television at about the same time, perhaps indicating a problem getting agreement among all ITV licensees. The Order directing Ofcom to run these auctions requires any bid from "Channel 3" to represent at least 13 regional licencees. With the acquisition of Channel TV, which completed on 24 November, ITV plc now own 12 plus the national breakfast licence.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 December 2011

8:12 AM

Mike Dimmick: I suspect that the problem for Channel 5 is our old friend, the cost of providing services to the last 8% of viewers.

Channel 5 has never had to provide a "universal service" and was broadcast from a number of high-service area masts on analogue.

As the "C5 HD" would have been a slot on the BBCB multiplex, the costs of broadcasting to all viewers would have been too high.

It is easy to forget that watching TV in high definition is a minority activity at the moment, and whilst Freeview HD is doing well, the number of homes that would watch C5 HD in the small number of homes covered by the smaller 1000+ transmitters must be very small at this time.

Even the BBC can't be bothered with a regional news service on BBC One HD on Freeview, and ITV1 has only regions for adverts.

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