Channel 5 (Singapore)

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Channel 5
MediaCorp Channel5.jpg
Launched2 April 1963
NetworkMediacorp TV
Owned byMediacorp
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganIt's good to be home on five
Broadcast areaSingapore
HeadquartersMediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Sister channel(s)Channel 8
Channel U
Channel NewsAsia
WebsiteMediacorp Channel 5
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 29
StarHub TVChannel 102 (HD)
SCVChannel 5
Singtel TVChannel 2 (HD)
Streaming media
ToggleAvailable on Toggle website or mobile app
(Singapore only)

Channel 5 is a Singaporean free-to-air television channel. Its programming mainly consists of English-language dramas, movies, sports, reality show, variety show, news, current affairs and game shows. Local editions of imported programmes such as Singapore Idol, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Deal or No Deal have also been aired on the channel.


SBC-5 (as Fifth Frequency) logo before 31 December 1993

Channel 5 was launched as its first pilot television service on 15 February 1963 as "Televisyen Singapura". The channel operated two hours on black and white during its test transmissions. It was officially launched on 2 April 1963 as "Saluran 5 Televisyen Singapura", although the station also aired Mandarin content at the time.

Channel 5 began its first colour television signal on 1 May 1974, with the airing of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Adventures of Black Beauty as the first colour television series. On 7 July 1974, it held its first live broadcast during the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final between West Germany and Netherlands via satellite television.

On 1 November 1977, the network started broadcasting 24 hours of colour transmissions. It officially started broadcasting in stereo in 1 August 1990. Channel 5 officially began broadcasting 24-hours a day on 29 September 1995.

High-definition feed[edit]

The high-definition feed of Channel 5 was launched as HD5 on 1 January 2007. It was specifically created for major events, such as the National Day Parade and matches from the national football team. During its first years, HD5's programming was mainly originally produced in standard definition at 4:3, so it was upscaled and aired with pillarbox. The channel's operating hours were extended to 24 hours in the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics to provide extra daily coverage of those events. On 1 December 2013, another HD feed of the channel was launched as a simulcast network, airing Channel 5's programming on high-definition live. On 1 March 2017, due to the digital terrestrial television availability nationwide, HD5 was discontinued in favour of Channel 5 HD.



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