Five HD, will not be launching on Freeview HD. Five was originally awarded a slot on Multiplex B, along with BBC, ITV & C4/S4C.
Ofcom’s final decision published on March 15th 2010 states that five had “not been able to resolve the outstanding issues”.
As part of the licencing process the spare capacity now reverts back the BBC. Ofcom may allow Commercial Operators to apply again next year.
This announcement leaves the fledgling Freeview HD service with just BBC HD & ITV 1 HD as the only broadcasters on the Terrestrial HD service for the foreseeable future.