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Channel 5 HD is finally available on Freeview, a whopping six years after launching on Sky and Virgin Media.

Channel 5 launched in standard definition (SD) back in 1997. Its high definition equivalent hit pay-TV subscribers in 2010. And now it's finally available to Freeview viewers.

Its HD and SD channels switched places in the electronic programming guide last summer, but it was only available in SD to Freeview viewers.

It will also be viewable in HD on Freesat, YouView, BT TV and TalkTalk TV platforms.

"Channel 5 is on an exciting journey as we evolve our content and broaden the appeal of our channel to audiences through increased investment in new genres of programming," said Paul Dunthorne, chief operating officer for Channel 5.

"We're delighted that Freeview HD viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the raft of quality programming in high definition."

Guy North, Freeview's managing director, added: "Freeview aims to provide the best in British TV to audiences free from subscription, and Channel 5 HD is a fantastic addition to our high definition line-up. Our HD offering continues to grow with the biggest channels and I'm sure Channel 5 HD will prove hugely popular with viewers."

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