Channel Five has followed Channel 4 in signing a deal with YouTube to stream content to the video sharing site for free for UK customers.

YouTube watchers in Blighty will be able to catch up on some of Five's Australian content such as Home and Away and Neighbours as well as British TV shows like The Gadget Show for 30 days after transmission.

The content, which is free thanks to an advertising deal with Google, will not include some of the channel's more popular shows.

Those hoping to catch up on CSI and FlashForward, staring Joseph Fiennes, will disappointed. Five doesn't own the rights to offer those programmes on its YouTube channel.

Five also intends to use YouTube as a platform to engage with fans of its shows says Google on its company blog. Citing that it plans to offer YouTube users the opportunity to audition for a guest appearance on “Neighbours”.