Paramount Network
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
NetworkChannel 5
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia
Sister channels
LaunchedJuly 4, 2018 (2018-07-04)
Replaced5Spike (EPG slot)
FreeviewChannel 32
Virgin MediaChannel 150 (HD)
Channel 187
UPC SwitzerlandChannel 218
FreesatChannel 132
Sky (UK only)Channel 150
Astra 2F
10964 H 22000 5/6

Paramount Network is a British free-to-air television channel operated by Channel 5 Broadcasting.[1] It is a localised version of the American channel of the same name, and 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 by mistake,[6] even though the channel had been promoted to Irish viewers before launch.[7] The channel can still be accessed on Sky in Ireland by adding it manually via the 'Other Channels' menu option.

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

On 7 January 2020, Paramount Network replaced 5Spike in its slots on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media, and subsumed its +1 timeshift channel on Sky.[10] The timeshift channel ceased broadcasting on 14 July 2020

Paramount Network will be rebranded as 5Action on 19 January 2022 in preparation for Paramount+ launching in the UK.


The original British version of Paramount Network was as a general entertainment channel showing American movies and series such as Suits and Lip Sync Battle.[11][12] In 2020, Channel 5 merged this channel with that of 5Spike, with Paramount Network becoming more of a male-skewering channel, following the lead of the original American Spike TV, which targeted a young adult male audience, becoming Paramount Network in the United States. This second version of Paramount Network would have a schedule very much in keeping with that of 5Spike, with action movies at night, westerns at lunch and programmes such as Police Interceptors and Traffic Cops running episodes back-to-back early evening. It is expected that when the channel gets its rebrand in early 2022, no major changes will be made to the schedule on Freeview channel 32[13] (however it is expected that 5Action will be moved to a new Freeview number in the following months due to the relaunch of BBC Three), though 5Action will add the Bourne TV Series Treadstone to its line-up on 19 January 2022.[14][15]

Programming: 5Action only

Current programming: Paramount Network

Former programming

Current version

Original version


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