Channel Five Coming to FreeSat
Competitor Freeview has 40+ popular channels like Five, Five US, and high definition (HD) channels to be available from 2009, while Freesat features over 70 TV channels that are broadcast nationwide with HD channels. These free-to-air platforms are currently the only way to get HD content without paying a subscription fee. All that is required is the coinciding digital reception equipment.
The addition of Five to BBC/ITV is a move toward offering similar channels to Freeview. Programmes from BBC and ITV are already available in high definition (HD) on the freesat platform. (EDIT: Five is not available in HD yet. Thanks, Andrew!).
If you're currently a freesat customer, you will automatically receive Five on channel 105 on your integrated digital TV in less than a couple of weeks, bringing shows like Neighbours and CSI to your big screen.