Five.2 and Five.3 have been confirmed as launching in early 2006.
No they haven't been confirmed just because you read it on Digital Spy. C5 do indeed hold a broadcasting licence for a second channel but they have confirmed no impending new channel launches.
Various sources have said that they are coming soon, but this is not a guarantee, C5 have nothing more than tentative plans to launch more channels, and these suffered a big set back when C4 won the new DTT
slot in November - the slot which More4+1 has taken on DTT is the space which was earmarked for Five.2.
Although C5 will inevitably go multichannel, I have a feeling that this move will become another epic saga like those which surrounded the launch of More4 and ABC1. As it stands now, C5 do not have anywhere to broadcast a second channel on DTT, and the idea of a third channel on DTT any time soon is beyond a joke.
What will probably materialise in time, perhaps this year, although much later into it, is a kids channel, probably called Milkshake in order to tie in with the programming strand on C5. I doubt there will ever be a channel actually branded as Five.2, and I'm not expecting to see a third channel any time soon.
Five bought a stake in Top Up TV as a 'strategic investment' in order to launch its new channels.
And at present it's only a 20% stake, the other 80% aren't going to see TUTV go to the wall so that C5 can launch new channels. They'd do better trying to buy TUTV out of some of their carriage contracts to claim back their gifted space.
I'm not saying that there's no truth at all in anthing being reported, but an awful lot of it is people making sweeping assumptions which then get reported by media news sources, which people then take as being confirmation.