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Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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5STAR   32 (90%) 128 131

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

Official site: See the link icon 5STAR website.

From Wikipedia: On 11 April 2011, 5 reduced its broadcast hours to 1300 to 0000, replacing the lost hours with more teleshopping. Milkshake programmes for children aged 7 and under are no longer broadcast on this channel because of this reduction, but Milkshake continues to broadcast on Channel 5.7 On 18 January 2012, 5 received its highest-ever rating for the channel since it launched in 2006. 5 began broadcasting Live from the House, the one hour live feed for Big Brother that airs after every eviction. - link icon read more about 5STAR on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: 5STAR is on multiplex COM4 in england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flagwales flag.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
9:24 PM

What codes do i need to get all irish channels on fsfs. I live in ireland

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Patrick's 1 post IE flag
Wednesday, 2 February 2011

8:55 AM

Patrick: No "codes" are required, you need a "freesat from Sky" card registered to an address in Northern Ireland or the Republic.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 April 2011
4:42 PM

just goes to show that what you're told is on offer sometimes isnt...just got a Freesat box and dish as assured i would get all that Freeview offers but no Fiver etc....should have saved my money.

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Jude's 1 post GB flag

5:26 PM

Jude: No, as above, 5* is only on fSfS, not Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
11:23 AM

Actually the TV Licence does NOT just pay for the BBC channels. It actually also pays for all the work needed to make sure competing radio and digital TV signals flying through the air do not interfere with each other - if the licence fee did not cover this service you would not get clear TV or radio signals/channels. That's why you have to buy a licence even if you don't watch the BBC yet you do watch any other channel. If more people knew the truth about this maybe they'd be less upset about what they're paying for.
I've worked in satellite communications regarding television so know this to be fact.
If you watch ANY TV service you pay the fee to keep the service running clearly. ;)
No fee = No service = No TV channels for you. :)
Or does everyone forget that satellites etc need maintenance? :-P

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Binky's 2 posts NO flag
11:55 AM

Having said that - to the person that fell asleep during a programme they paid for..... it's noone's fault but your own if you fell asleep. If you buy a pay-per-view programme then don't fall asleep while it's on. :/ A cinema wouldn't give you a refund or a new ticket to watch the movie again if you fell asleep during it and a TV station can't be expected to hold responsibility for your sleeping times. :/ Noone owes you anything; sorry.
If you have a tendency to fall asleep during shows then go buy a TEVO Box of some kind so you can record your freeview programmes and play back the bits you missed in future.
Some pay-per-views let you re-watch the programme as many times as you like in 24 hours... but I get the impression you were only talking about paying for a TV Licence, not a pay-per-view show. If it's a movie you missed the ending from you could always buy a DVD or see if it's repeated in the future or on an On Demand service.
Other than that you're looking for an illegal way to get the programme but I can't help you there. :-P
Those are your options for the future anyway. :) Basically though - don't fall asleep if you've paid for something specially. ;)
I have a narcoleptic friend who was overjoyed at receiving a TEVO Box to make up for always falling asleep and missing bits. It's your best option really. :) She doesn't get a reduction in her TV Licence and, in her case, falling asleep really is not her fault.
Finally - if you do something silly don't shout at random strangers demanding that they owe you for something that is not their fault as it's not a good idea. You have to take responsibility for the things you waste hun and that's the truth. :-P

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Binky's 2 posts NO flag
Wednesday, 7 September 2011

8:03 AM

Binky: Sorry, but it is quite clear that the TV Licence is handed over to the BBC and the BBC uses it as shown in the annual accounts -….pdf .

I'm not really sure where your "flying through the air" thing is coming from, but it is plain wrong.

Ofcom's Licensing section - Ofcom | Ofcom Licensing - deal with the co-ordination of frequencies required for radiocommunications.

The BBC also pays some money - see TV tax on the TV tax | - independent free digital TV advice - to pay for the Switchover Help Scheme, but this again is VIA the BBC.

When the old government suggested the BBC contribute £14m from the Licence Fee to "help Channel 4 with switchover costs" this was deemed illegal - see Government withdraws proposal to give Channel 4 state aid of £14m - Telegraph .

I don't know what capacity you can possibly have worked "worked in satellite communications regarding television so know this to be fact" and get so much wrong.

Sorry, but you should really get your information right before calling them "facts".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 September 2011
8:56 PM

Having retuned my freeview on 7th September, I find I no longer have 5*; is this no longer available?

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
9:48 AM

hi i live in Southern Ireland and can not watch 5usa on my sky plus does anyone know how i can do this and also is there a way i can watch it on my computer thanks

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