Paramount Network (UK)

Paramount Network is a British free-to-air television channel operated by Channel 5 Broadcasting.[1] It features a range of programming from the Channel 5 stable as well as other content from the UK and US.[2][3][4]

The channel was launched on 4 July 2018[5], but ceased to be available via satellite in Ireland on 13 July 2018 having supposedly been made available only by mistake[6], even though the channel had been promoted to Irish viewers before launch.[7] The channel can still be accessed on Sky Ireland by adding it via the extra channel.

The channel launched a high-definition feed exclusively on Virgin Media on 21 July 2018.[8][9]

Paramount Network
Paramount Network
Launched4 July 2018
NetworkChannel 5
Owned byViacom International Media Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share0.1% (September 2018, BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Sister channel(s)
WebsiteOfficial website
FreeviewChannel 54
FreesatChannel 132
Sky (UK only)Channel 153
Astra 2F11344 H 27500 5/6
Virgin MediaChannel 187 (HD)
Channel 188


The first show to be aired on Paramount Network (UK) was the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls, broadcast at 13.00 on 4 July 2018.[10]


From Channel 5

  • Access
  • Greatest Ever Celebrity Wind Ups
  • Make You Laugh Out Loud
  • Now That's Funny
  • Rosamunde Pilcher: Coming Home
  • Rosamunde Pilcher: The Unknown Heart
  • Rosamunde Pilcher's Four Seasons
  • Ultimate Celebrity Power Couples


  1. ^
  2. ^ White, Peter (8 June 2018). "Viacom To Launch Paramount Network In The UK In July With 'Suits' & 'The Mick'". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ Barraclough, Leo (8 June 2018). "Viacom to Launch Paramount Network in U.K. in July". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Paramount Network | Launches 4th July". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. ^ Elliott, Dave (8 June 2018). "Viacom Launches Free-To-Air Channel 'Paramount Network' In The UK". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Moore, Paul. "Ireland will be getting a brand new satellite TV channel |". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ "MEDIA BOY BLOG: UPDATED: Virgin Media UK tests 11 new channels". MEDIA BOY BLOG. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Paramount Network UK on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  10. ^ This information was retrieved from the What's on TV magazine dated 30 June 2018 to 6 July 2018.

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Paramount Network may refer to one of the following United States television services, all associated with Paramount Pictures and/or parent company Viacom:

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