5STAR is a television channel in the United Kingdom owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe. It is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5USA. The channel was launched as “Five Life” on 15 October 2006, and was rebranded as “Fiver” on 28 April 2008, and “5*” on 7 March 2011. The channel is available on digital television via Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media. 5* broadcasts between 13:00 and 00:00. It was originally launched by RTL Group (the former owner) as part of their multi-channel strategy, which all other analogue broadcasters, such as ITV plc and Channel 4, had already achieved.
Five Life launched on 15 October 2006.
At 6am on 28 April 2008, Five Life relaunched as Fiver with a totally new on and off air identity and a raft of new shows added to the schedule.
To co-incide with the relaunch of Five, Fiver modified it's logo to match the new look on the 6th October 2008.
Fiver updated its presentation on 22 February 2010, introducing four new idents.
Fiver was rebranded as 5* on 7 March 2011, to co-incide with the recent re-branding of Channel 5.
5* launched a new look on Friday, March 8th 2013.
A new look for 5STAR will launch on Thursday, 11th February 2016.