|Launched||15 October 2006|
|Owned by||Northern & Shell
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)|
|Audience share||0.5% (October 2013, BARB)|
|Formerly called||Five.2 (working title)
Five Life (2006–2008)
|Sister channel(s)||Channel 5
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 176|
|Astra 2F||10964 H 22000 5/6|
|Virgin Media||Channel 151|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 145|
|TVCatchup||Watch live (UK only)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
5* (pronounced "five star") is a television channel in the United Kingdom owned by Northern & Shell. The channel was launched as "Five Life" on 15 October 2006, and was rebranded as "Fiver" on 28 April 2008, and "5*" on 7 March 2011. The channel is available on digital television via Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media It was originally launched alongside 5USA by Channel 5, in order to create a multi-channel strategy, which all other analogue broadcasters had already achieved. 5* broadcasts between 13:00 and 00:00. 5* is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5USA.12
Five Life was originally intended to be a female-oriented channel with an emphasis on lifestyle programming. Channel 5 announced that programming on Five Life included The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Love My Way, Windfall and Angela's Eyes, as well as a weekday double-bill of the chat show Trisha Goddard and new episodes and a weekly omnibus of Home and Away. Repeats of teenage drama Dawson's Creek started showing in December 2006.34
The first programme broadcast on Five Life was Inside the Priory, a documentary about The Priory clinic, at 8pm. The launch of Five Life marked the start of Five's digital multi-channel strategy designed to compete with similar strategies from its rivals Channel 4 and ITV plc.
On 28 August 2007, Five Life launched a timeshift channel named Five Life +1.5
At 06:00 on 28 April 2008, Five Life relaunched as Fiver with a new on and off-air identity and a raft of new shows added to the schedule. These included Celebrity Rehab, Dirt and re-runs of Sex and the City.6
On 7 March 2011, the channel was rebranded as 5*, supported by a new logo and branding to underline the fun-loving image of the channel. On 11 April 2011, 5* reduced its broadcast hours to 13:00 to 00:00, 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 continue to broadcast on Channel 5. A range of new programming was also added to fit in with the channel's refreshed identity.7
5* +1 was closed down on 3 February 2014 and was replaced the following day by Channel 5 +24.8
On 18 January 2012, 5* received its highest-ever rating since it launched in 2006. 5* began broadcasting Big Brother: Live from the House, the one-hour live feed for Big Brother airing after every eviction. It started out well with over 300,000 viewers, but on 18 January 2012, this increased to 1.04 million viewers (994,000 on 5*, and 41,000 on 5* +1) with an audience share of over 5%. As a result of these high figures, 5* began to screen Big Brother: Live from the House two hours every night, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with the exclusion of Sunday nights when the live feed was cut by an hour, starting with the fourteenth series on 14 June 2013.9 However, viewing figures were much lower than desired, and Big Brother: Live from the House was subsequently cancelled, with the last edition to air on 30 June 2013.1011
The schedule for the primetime shows on the launch night of Five Life was as follows:
(0.33% audience share)
The launch of Five Life was at the time ranked as the best received multichannel launch for a terrestrial broadcaster, only managing to achieve a primetime share of 0.21%.12
The schedule for the primetime shows on the launch night of Fiver were as follows:
This is the episode that was to air on Channel 5, the next day at 14:15.
Episode number 4601.
This episode was repeated the next day in its ordinary 18:30 timeslot, and aired on Channel 5, two days after its initial airing.
Episode number 4602.
- 8 Simple Rules (on hiatus, returning soon)
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- Almost Live from Studio Five
- Angela's Eyes
- Bad Girls (now on CBS Drama)
- Better With You
- Big Brother: Live from the House (now on channel5.com/bigbrother)
- Big Brother's Bit on the Side (now solely on Channel 5)
- Big Love
- Celebrity Rehab
- Colin and Justin's How Not to Decorate
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show (now on Really)
- Farmer Wants a Wife
- Fifth Gear (now on Discovery Channel)
- Footballers' Wives (now on CBS Drama)
- Gay, Straight or Taken?
- Love My Way
- Make Me a Supermodel Extra
- Milkshake! (now on Channel 5)
- Nice House, Shame About the Garden!
- Ocean Force
- Out of the Blue
- Rich Bride, Poor Bride
- Sofia's Diary
- Step It Up and Dance
- The Trisha Goddard Show
- Trust Me - I'm a Beauty Therapist
- The Wright Stuff (now on Channel 5)
- Vets in Action
- 5* Channel 5.
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- Sperling, Daniel (2013-05-14). "Big Brother 2013 to have nightly live feed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- Darvill, Josh (2013-06-15). "Big Brother 2013: 70,000 watch first live streaming on 5*". Telly Mix. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
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