After a stay of execution, Channel 5’s streaming service My5 has removed the last remaining on-demand programmes from Blaze.
My5 had originally removed other third-party content on the platform at the end of September 2021, but Blaze enjoyed a stay of execution. The 1st February 2022 update removed remaining on-demand programmes from Blaze.
Channel 5 said the removal of third-party content in its latest update enabled it “to refocus the core experience of My5”. Programmes from Blaze are available on-demand through its website. Alternatively, programmes can be accessed through the Blaze TV app for Amazon Fire, Android and iOS.
Blaze had joined My5 in 2017, one of a number of deals with third-party broadcasters, including Together TV and PBS America. My5 also contained content from ViacomCBS/AMC Networks joint ventures CBS Reality and Horror Channel until last autumn.
My5 continues to showcase programmes from Smithsonian Channel UK and BET, both directly operated by Channel 5’s parent ViacomCBS.
The changes come ahead of the UK launch of a new subscription streaming service from ViacomCBS: Paramount Plus. Paramount Plus will contain premium content from ViacomCBS services. In contrast, My5 becomes focused on Viacom’s free-to-air UK channels. These include Channel 5, 5ACTION, 5SELECT, 5STAR and 5USA.