New FIVE HD channel debuts on cable and satellite today

Five today launches its new channel, Five HD, on Sky and Virgin Media.

The new channel will show the public service broadcaster’s schedule in high definition for the first time, including Five’s brand new live entertainment series, Don’t Stop Believing, hosted by Emma Bunton, which premieres on Sunday, 18th July.

Programmes that will feature in HD include the perennially popular Aussie soaps Neighbours and Home & Away; the best in American drama such as The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; top flight sporting coverage such as Cricket on Five; and blockbuster movies including the terrestrial premiere of 300 starring Gerard Butler and a range Disney/Pixar animated classics, including Finding Nemo this Sunday.

Other content including Five’s daytime schedule will be ‘upscaled’ – giving viewers a better than ever experience of the channel’s content.

Upcoming highlights on Five HD will include live coverage of UEFA Europa League football from September.

Richard Woolfe, Five’s Channel Controller, said:

“So many of Five’s biggest programmes are shot in HD – such as our line-up of fantastic US dramas and our much-anticipated entertainment series Don’t Stop Believing – that it’s high time that audiences are able to enjoy their favourite programmes in the stunning picture quality that high definition offers. HD is the future of television and Five HD is a great addition to our portfolio of channels ”


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