My5 (previously Five Download and later Demand 5) is the brand name of video-on-demand services offered by Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. The service went live on 26 June 2008.[1]

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Original author(s)Channel 5
Developer(s)Channel 5 (UK)
Operating system
TypeTelevision catch-up

As Five Download, the service offered downloads in Windows Media Video format of the US imports CSI, House and Grey's Anatomy. Individual episodes could be 'rented', with some episodes available seven days before they appeared on TV.

More varied content from Channel 5's programming has become available since June 2008, with a wider prevalence of free content offered for 30 days after broadcast. In January 2009, Demand 5 began to offer content in the Flash Video format, allowing users with Apple Macintosh computers to access their content.[2]

Web platformsEdit

My5 websiteEdit

My5 is the main source of on-demand programmes from Viacom services like Channel 5, 5Star and Pluto TV.[3] It offers a seven-day catch-up service as well as an archive of past shows.[4] [5]


My5 launched on Facebook in August 2010, becoming the first television network in the world to embed its programming into the social networking site.[6]


My5 had been available on SeeSaw since the launch of the service, with access to My5's archive of shows such as Cowboy Builders, Fifth Gear, Home and Away, Neighbours and many more.[7] In September 2011, all My5 content was removed from SeeSaw.[8]


In February 2010, My5 launched on with around 250 hours of archive content as well as catch-up.[9] This represented the first major deal for long-form content in Europe for As part of the deal, advertising is sold by Channel 5's now-relative company CBS Interactive.


My5 is also partly available on YouTube, launching in the United Kingdom on 4 December 2009.[10] My5's catch-up content reaches YouTube shortly after TV transmission and users are able to browse 250 hours of the broadcaster's archive content.

Television platformsEdit

BT VisionEdit

Demand 5 launched on BT Vision on 7 October 2008.[11] Demand 5 was removed from BT Vision on 6 October 2010,[12] although the two companies continued discussions in a bid to reinstate the service, having previously stalled during contract renegotiations.[13] The service returned to BT Vision in May 2011.


Demand 5 is available as part of Freesat's second generation Free Time guide, having been added on 6 August 2013, offering the last seven days of programming integrated to the TV guide.[14]


On 26 July 2013, Now TV released a Now TV-branded Roku streaming box, including a Demand 5 app.[15] Three days after the release of the Now TV Box, Roku added Demand 5 to its own range of streaming devices.[16] The Roku service continued to operate in the Demand 5 format until December 2018, when it was upgraded to My5.


On 26 July 2012, it was announced that Demand 5 would be added to On Demand later in the year.[17] The service was made available on 26 September 2012.

Televisions and Blu-ray playersEdit

In September 2009, an agreement was reached to make Demand 5 is available through Sony's Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray home cinema systems and Smart TVs, via the BRAVIA Internet Video service.[18]

On 13 May 2011, it was announced that Demand 5 would also be available on Samsung's Smart TVs through their Samsung Smart TV service.[19] On 16 January 2013 a Demand 5 app was launched and is available to download on Samsung Apps.[20]

As of 2020, the My5 app is also available on Android TV, Apple TV and Chromecast devices.

Virgin MediaEdit

Demand 5 is available on Virgin Media's cable television service, offering programmes for 7 days after broadcast since November 2010.[21]

In late 2019 it was confirmed that, as part of a wider deal with ViacomCBS, the full My5 app, along with the UK version of Pluto TV and subscription service MTV Play would be made available on Virgin Media.[22]


Demand 5 was one of four services available at the launch of YouView in July 2012. At launch the Demand 5 app contained options to resume watching recent programmes, access favourites, browse featured programmes or a full list of shows, find similar programmes or more episodes and an integrated search bar.[23]

Game consolesEdit


An application for Sony PlayStation 3 owners was made available on 9 April 2013, PlayStation 4 in November 2013, and PlayStation 5 in November 2020.[24]

From December 2018, the Demand 5 app was retired from all platforms and replaced by My5.[25]


On 5 October 2011, it was announced that My5 (Demand 5 at the time) would be made available on Xbox 360[26][27] and was later made available on Xbox One

As with the PS3 app, the Demand 5 Xbox app was retired in December 2018.[25]

Mobile platformsEdit

iOS devicesEdit

A Big Brother Demand 5 app for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone launched on 19 August 2011, the app offered a 30-day catch-up service for Big Brother content. The app has been extended to incorporate catch-up content from Channel 5, 5* and 5USA, creating an overall Demand 5 app.[28] The app is compatible with iOS 10.0 or later.[29] Reviews of the app have been very poor due to, among other issues, that Demand 5 can only be used on Wifi networks, rather than 3G or 4G[30]


On 16 May 2013, Demand5 was launched on a range of Samsung Galaxy Android devices including smartphone and tablets.

Windows PhoneEdit

On 25 November 2013, Demand5 was launched for mobile phone handsets running the Windows Phone 8 platform.[31]


In addition to programming taken from Viacom services like 5USA, BET and Pluto TV Drama, My5 now acts as the on-demand service for a number of other UK channels and programme content owners.[32]

ViacomCBS channelsEdit

The line-up of ViacomCBS-owned services/brands on My5 (as of 1 October 2020) is as follows:

Other channelsEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Demand Five online streaming review". Macworld UK. 18 May 2009.
  3. ^ "What is Demand 5?". Channel 5. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ "What programmes are available and when?". Channel 5. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
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  6. ^ "Five to deliver on-demand TV over Facebook". Wired. 11 August 2010.
  7. ^ "SeeSaw announces more content deals". Digital Spy. 29 January 2010.
  8. ^ "SeeSaw Crunch Time: Execs Leave Amid Restructure As Channel 5 Disappears". paidContent. 14 September 2011.
  9. ^ " and Five announce content partnership". CBS Interactive. 25 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Five agrees YouTube on-demand deal". Digital Spy. 4 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Channel Five signs BT Vision on-demand deal". The Guardian. 7 October 2008.
  12. ^ "Demand Five – GONE". BT Vision. 7 October 2010.
  13. ^ "BT Vision adds iPlayer, Virgin takes Demand Five". 11 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Freesat adds Demand 5 catch-up content". Digital Spy. 6 August 2013.
  15. ^ "The NOW TV Box is here!". Now TV. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Roku adds Channel 5, Toon Googles". Digital TV Europe. 29 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Channel 5's on-demand service to launch on Sky". Digital Spy. 26 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Five signs agreement with Sony for new internet TV Platform". Channel 5. 3 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  19. ^ "Channel 5 agrees Samsung VOD tie-up". Digital Spy. 13 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Demand 5 Samsung Smart TV App Details". Samsung UK. 16 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Catch-up with Demand Five on Virgin Media". 11 November 2010.
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  23. ^ "Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review". Expert Reviews. 24 July 2012.
  24. ^ Demand 5 brings your favourite shows to PS4 Archived 21 January 2015 at, Channel 5, November 2013.
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  26. ^ "Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV". Microsoft. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  27. ^ "Xbox 360 to launch new TV and film services". The Daily Telegraph. 7 October 2011.
  28. ^ "Channel 5 launches Big Brother Apple apps". New Media Age. 24 August 2011.
  29. ^ "Demand 5 By Channel Five". Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  30. ^ "Demand 5 – Apple App Store". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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