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Timeline of Sky Group

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a timeline of the history of Sky TV.

1980s

  • 1980
    • Plans for a pan-European satellite television station are put together by Brian Haynes, back by backed by Guinness Mahon and Barclays Merchant Bank and in November Mr Haynes sets up Satellite Television Ltd. (SATV)[1][2]
  • 1981
    • October – SATV begins test transmissions on the Orbital Test Satellite after the European Space Agency allowed the company to test the satellite for the use of commercial television, with an hour of light entertainment in English each night. The low-powered satellite forces it to broadcast to cable systems rather than directly to individual satellite dishes.
  • 1982
    • 26 April – Satellite Television launches as a pan-European service. The channel was often referred to on-screen as Super Station Europe. However the channel is initially only available in some European countries, the first being Norway and Finland were the first two countries to permit the new service's transmission via cable, followed by Malta, Switzerland and West Germany.
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1985
    • No events.
  • 1986
    • 2 April – The IBA invites bids from the private sector to operate a commercial service on three of the five DBS channels allocated to the UK in 1977 for satellite broadcasting.
    • 11 December – The IBA announces that BSB has been awarded a fifteen-year franchise to operate the satellite television service.[5]
  • 1987
    • No events.
  • 1988
  • 1989
    • 5 February – Sky Television launches at 6 pm. The channel line-up consists of Sky Channel, Sky News, Sky Movies and Eurosport.
    • June – BSB is awarded the other two DBS channel slots, meaning that the service will launch with five channels. These two channels had originally been allocated to the BBC but were handed over for commercial use when the BBC dropped its plans to use the two channels on cost grounds.[7]
    • 31 July – Sky Channel becomes a UK and Ireland-only service and is renamed Sky One although for a short time after the relaunch, some of Sky Channel's former pan-European programming is broadcast in the hours before Eurosport's startup, and the programme block is branded as Sky Europe.

1990s

2000s

  • 2000
  • 2001
    • The first Sky+ boxes go on sale.
    • 1 July – The Sky Sports.com TV brand is scrapped and the channel reverts to its original name of Sky Sports News.
    • 18 August – PremPlus launches.
    • 2 September – .tv stops broadcasting.
    • 27 September – Sky stops broadcasting on analogue.
  • 2002
    • 7 January – Sky News content becomes available on terrestrial television for the first time in a decade when Channel 5 begins simulcasting part of its breakfast news programme Sunrise.[15]
    • 1 March – F1 Digital+ launches. It offers enhanced multi-screen coverage of Formula One on a pay-per-view basis.
    • 1 May – ITV Digital stops broadcasting.
    • 1 July – In another major rebranding of Sky Movies, the Sky Premier channels are renamed Sky Movies Premier, the Sky Moviemax channels become Sky Movies Max and the Sky Cinema channels become Sky Movies Cinema.[16]
    • 30 October – Freeview launches and Sky contributes three channels – Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Travel – to the platform.
    • 9 December – Sky One Mix launches.
    • 12 December – After just one season, F1 Digital+ closes.[17]
  • 2003
    • 17 April – Sky launches three music channels – The Amp, Scuzz and Flaunt. The channels are operated on Sky's behalf by CSC Media Group channels.
    • June – The Sky Movies Premier Widescreen channel is closed and the majority of films on the remaining channels are now shown in widescreen.[18]
    • 1 November – The Sky Movies Premier and Sky Movies Max channels are brought under one banner as Sky Movies 1 through 9 and Sky Movies Cinema 1 and 2 become Sky Cinema 1 and 2.[19]
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
    • January – Sky launches its online television service Sky By Broadband, which is rebranded later in 2006 to Sky Anytime on PC.
    • 30 January – A tenth Sky Movies channel is launched and Sky Movies starts broadcasting two HD channels. Sky Movies 9 and the new Sky Movies 10 are PIN-protected, meaning that for the first time 15 rated films were able to be shown as early as 5 pm.[22]
    • Sky Sports becomes the exclusive broadcaster of all live cricket matches in the UK following the ECB awarding Sky exclusive coverage of all of England's home tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.
    • 22 May – Sky launches its high definition service when Sky One HD and Sky Sports 1 HD being broadcasting.
    • July – Sky Sports 2HD launches.
    • 3 November – The final edition of Sky News Ireland is broadcast.[23][24]
    • December – Chart Show Channels takes full ownership of the three music channels that it had run on Sky's behalf.
  • 2007
    • 1 March –
      • The Sky basics channels stop broadcasting on Virgin Media when the two companies cannot agree a new carriage deal.[25]
      • Sky Arts launches, replacing Artsworld.
    • 27 March – Sky launches its on-demand service Sky Anytime.
    • 4 April – Sky Movies is revamped with each channel now covering a specific genre and are renamed. The new line-up is Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Premiere +1, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Action & Thriller, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Drama, Sky Movies Classics, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Indie, Sky Movies HD1 and Sky Movies HD2.[26]
    • 6 May – PremPlus closes.
    • 7 November – Sky Travel is renamed as Sky Real Lives, Sky Travel +1 is renamed Sky Real Lives +1, Sky Travel Extra becomes Sky Real Lives 2, and Sky Travel Shop is renamed as Sky Travel.
  • 2008
    • 17 March – Sky Sports 3HD launches.
    • 20 March – A HD simulcast of Sky Movies Premiere is launched.
    • 16 May – Sky Anytime on PC is rebranded as Sky Player, along with updated software to include live simulcasts of Sky News and Sky Sports.
    • 18 August – Sky Arts +1 starts broadcasting.
    • 31 August – Sky One, Sky Two and Sky Three are renamed Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky 3 respectively.
    • October – High-definition simulcast channels of Sky Movies Action/Thriller, Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror, Sky Movies Drama, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Family and Sky Movies Comedy launch.[27]
    • 13 November – The Sky Basics channels return to Virgin Media.[28][29]
  • 2009
    • 26 October – Sky Movies Indie HD launches.[30]

2010s

2020s

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