Every show on Channel 5, 5Spike, 5STAR and 5USA is added to Demand 5 subject to licensing agreements, or rights.
Rights affect things such as:
- Regions where content can be distributed
- The length of time content can be offered on demand
- The ways you can watch content on various devices
- Whether content can be downloaded, or watched on a TV set
On My5.tv, smart TVs, games consoles, tablets and smartphones, each show is made available for the maximum licence duration. Normally this is a minimum of 7 days.
Shows which are commissioned (owned) by Channel 5 will typically be available for a year or more.
Acquired shows, such as US dramas, films and documentaries, will be available for 7 to 30 days depending on the show.
There are a couple exceptions. The PlayStation 3 is the only console which has content scheduled for 30 days (all other consoles have content scheduled for the maximum). Virgin Media has a Video On Demand (VOD) window of 7 days.