5USA

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5USA
Five USA.svg
Country United Kingdom
Network Channel 5
Programming
Language(s) English
Picture format 16:9 576i SDTV
Timeshift service5USA +1
Ownership
Owner Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd
(ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia)
Sister channels
History
Launched16 October 2006;14 years ago (2006-10-16)
Replaced UK Horizons
Former namesFive US (2006–09) [1]
Five USA (2009–11)
Links
Website channel5.com/5usa
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview Channel 21
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 153
Channel 185 (+1)
WightFibre Channel 16
UPC Switzerland Channel 217
Satellite
Freesat Channel 129
Channel 130 (+1)
Sky (UK)Channel 141 (Eng, Wales, NI)
Channel 169 (Scot)
Channel 241 (+1) (Eng, Wales, NI)
Channel 269 (+1) (Scot)
Astra 2G 10964 H 22000 5/6
10964 H 22000 5/6 (+1)
IPTV
FL1 (Liechtenstein)Channel 112
Streaming media
FilmOn Watch live
Sky Go Watch live
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

5USA is a British free-to-air television channel. It is owned by ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia and is a sister channel of Channel 5, Paramount Network, 5Star and 5Select. It was launched on 16 October 2006 as Five US and was the second digital terrestrial television channel in the UK to be launched by RTL Group (the owner at the time) as part of their multi-channel strategy, the first being Five Life (now 5Star). 5USA concentrates on showing imported movies and programmes from the United States. The channel's original broadcast hours were from 4:00pm to 01:00am, however it extended its hours starting at 12:00pm in June 2007. On 1 November 2015, the channel extended its hours again and began broadcasting from 7:00am until 3:00am. The channel changes its programme slots and shows from time to time.

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British comedian Russell Kane was the 'face of the channel', presenting short clips between some programmes which acted as space fillers to comply with advertising regulations in the UK (UK regulation allows fewer minutes of advertising than in the US) until 16 February 2009. The music used during the idents until February 2009 were "The Dress Looks Nice on You", “Chicago”, "Jacksonville" and “The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”, all performed by Sufjan Stevens.

On 28 August 2007, Five US launched a timeshift channel named Five US +1 available only on Sky. [2] On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Five US would be rebranded to Five USA on 16 February (amended to 5USA in March 2011 as part of a corporate rebranding). [3] [4]

The channel's highest ratings to date were on 12 February 2008 for the second part of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace crossover. The show averaged 2.580 million viewers between 10:00pm and 11:00pm equating to a multichannel share of 13.9%. Those numbers made the show the most-watched multichannel programme in its slot beating every other channel (digital and analogue) aside from BBC One, and is currently one of the highest ratings for a multichannel in the United Kingdom.

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Series that on/off repeat older episodes on the channel.

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References

  1. "Television Broadcast Licensing Update October 2006". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  2. Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy.
  3. "Five US Rebranded to FiveUSA". Entertainment Interactive.
  4. "New brand identity for Five US". Digital Spy. 22 January 2009.