March 12, 2008

Chronology of Development of Free Digital TV in the UK

Chronology of Development of Free Digital  TV in the UK  

2000s
Tue 8th May 2008

Freesat Service Launched
Wed 17th Oct 2007
Whitehaven begins the digital switchover process as BBC TWO is closed on analogue.
Wed 26th Sep 2007
ABC-1 is pulled from Freeview and other platforms
Mon 20th Aug 2007
Channel 4 starts the first timeshift of a terrestrial channel with Channel4+1
Wed 27th Jun 2007
BBC iPlayer is launched as a beta test
Tue 8th May 2007
NEWS 24 becomes the first BBC TV channel to go online.
Fri 27th Apr 2007
BBC and ITV announced high definition Freesat service to launch Spring 2008
Wed 14th Mar 2007
Michael Grade closes ITV Play.
Thu 25th Jan 2007
MPs invesgiate quiz TV channels in the Houses of Parliament
Wed 15th Nov 2006
Channel 4's quiz channel Quizcall is removed from Freeview
Sun 23rd Jul 2006
Film4 relaunches as a free channel and gains a 4.3% share of viewing.
Mon 22nd May 2006
Sky launch their satellite HDTV service
Thu 11th May 2006
BBC launch their HDTV service on cable, satellite and Freeview (London only)
Wed 19th Apr 2006
ITV Play starts as a full-time Freeview channel.
Sat 11th Mar 2006
CITV, ITV's Children's Channel, starts broadcasting
Sat 17th Dec 2005
Ofcom publishes the Digital Dividend Review - how the government can make money by selling off TV frequencies C31-40 and C63-68
Tue 1st Nov 2005
ITV-4 starts
Mon 31st Oct 2005
Sky Three starts
Wed 12th Oct 2005
ITV and C4 join Freeview founders BBC, BSkyB and National Grid Transco.
Mon 10th Oct 2005
More4 launches free-to-air on Freeview.
Wed 25th May 2005
E4 relaunches as a free-to-air channel on Freeview.
Wed 27th Apr 2005
ITV pays £134m for acquisition of a Freeview multiplex
Mon 1st Nov 2004
ITV adds a third branded channel to Freeview
Thu 21st Oct 2004
Sky relaunches the non-subscription satellite boxes for one-off payment of £150.
Tue 31st Aug 2004
National Grid Transco buys Crown Castle International for £1,138m
Mon 29th Dec 2003
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) becomes TV's super-regulator.
Sun 9th Feb 2003
BBC THREE replaces Choice channel.
Wed 30th Oct 2002
BBC, BSkyB and Crown Castle International launch Freeview: a package of 30 free channels though and aerial with no contract.

BBC Press Office Press Release about launch of Freeview

Fri 5th Jul 2002
ukfree.tv launched
Wed 1st May 2002
ITV digital (see below) closed with huge losses.
Sat 2nd Mar 2002
BBC FOUR replaces Knowledge channel.
Mon 11th Feb 2002
BBC children's channels, cBeebies and CBBC start in BBC's digital daytime airtime.
Thu 27th Sep 2001
Sky's analogue satellite service is closed.
Wed 11th Jul 2001
ONdigital re-launched as ITVdigital.

1990s

Tue 1st Jun 1999
BBC Knowledge launches.
Mon 7th Dec 1998
ITV-2 launches.
Sun 15th Nov 1998
ONdigital launches a 40 channel mixture of pay and free channels, using digital technology though a roof-top aerial.
Thu 1st Oct 1998
Sky launches Sky Digital, now with hundreds of channels and the highest standard pictures using a compact dish. New technology makes pay-per-view films and entertainment a daily reality.
Wed 23rd Sep 1998
BBC Choice, the first UK widescreen channel launches with BBC Parliament.
Sun 9th Nov 1997
BBC launch their News 24 domestic news channel.


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