Timeline of Sky TV

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This is a timeline of the history of Sky TV.

1980s[edit]

  • 1984
    • 16 January – Satellite Television is renamed Sky Channel.
  • 1985
    • No events.
  • 1986
    • 11 December – The IBA announces that BSB has been awarded a fifteen-year franchise to operate a satellite television service in the UK.[2]
  • 1987
    • No events.

1990s[edit]

  • 1992
    • 18 May – Sky purchases the live rights to the newly formed football Premier League for £304 million.
    • 15 August – Sky Sports launches Sports Saturday. The programme follows the same format as the BBC's Grandstand programme featuring a mix of sporting action, concluding with the day's football results.
    • 16 August – To mark the start of Sky Sports's coverage of the Premier League, the channel launches an afternoon-long football programme called Super Sunday.
    • 1 September –
      • Sky Sports becomes a subscription channel.
      • Sky Movies stops showing non-movies content. It had previously shown selected premium content such as live boxing, music concerts and WWF wrestling due to it having being Sky's only encrypted channel and had been known as Sky Movies Plus.
    • 1 October – The Comedy Channel closes and is replaced by Sky Movies Gold.
    • 31 December – Sky stops broadcasting via the Marco Polo satellite.
  • 1994
    • 19 August – Sky Sports 2 launches, initially as a weekend-only service, and Sky Sports is renamed Sky Sports 1.
    • 3 October – Sky Soap and Sky Travel launch as part-time weekday channels.
  • 1997
    • 31 August – Granada Talk TV and Sky 2 stop broadcasting and at around this time Sky Sports 2 becomes a stand-alone full-time service.
    • 1 November – The Movie Channel is rebranded under the Sky Movies banner, now called Sky Movies Screen 1 and Sky Movies Screen 2.[6]
    • 1 December – Sky Box Office launches as a four-channel near on-demand service.

2000s[edit]

  • 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
    • 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.[10]
    • 30 October – Freeview launches and Sky contributes three channels – Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Travel – to the platform.
    • 2 December – Sky 1 Mix launches.
  • 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.[11]
    • 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.[12]
  • 2005
    • June – Sky takes full control of Artsworld, two years after it bought a 50% stake in the channel.[13]
    • 31 October – Sky One Mix is rebranded as Sky Two and Sky Three replaces Sky Travel on Freeview.
    • 1 November – Sky Three launches.
  • 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. [14]
    • 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.[15][16]
    • 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.[17]
      • 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.[18]
    • 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.[19]
    • 13 November – The Sky Basics channels return to Virgin Media.[20][21]
  • 2009
    • 26 October – Sky Movies Indie HD launches.[22]

2010s[edit]

  • 2011
    • 1 February –
    • 28 February – Sky 3 is rebranded as Pick TV.
    • 6 July – Sky Anytime is merged with Sky Mobile and is rebranded as Sky Go.[36] Key changes include the ability to watch live channels in line with your Sky TV subscription at no additional cost, limited to two simultaneous devices.
    • 5 September – Sky Living Loves begins broadcasting 24 hours a day.
    • October – The final edition of Sky Magazine is published.[37]
  • 2014
    • 12 August –
    • September – Sky Sports News Radio closes.
    • 13 October – Following BSkyB's 2014 acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority 90.04% interest in Sky Deutschland in November 2014, its holding company British Sky Broadcasting Group plc changes its name to Sky plc.[41] The United Kingdom operations also changes the company name from British Sky Broadcasting Limited to Sky UK Limited, and still trades as Sky.
  • 2016
    • 9 February – Sky Q prepares to launch as from this date customers can order Sky Q boxes.
    • 15 June – Sky Movies is rebranded as Sky Cinema.[44][45]
    • 13 August – Sky Sports broadcasts its first event in UHD.
    • 24 August – Sky Sports Mix launches. It is available to all Sky customers, and is designed to offer a sampling of content from the full range of Sky Sports networks to non-Sky Sports customers.[46][47]
  • 2017
    • 4 January – Sky Cinema Box Office closes.
    • 18 July – Sky Sports is revamped with the numbered channels being replaced by sports-specific channels. These include two channels dedicated to football, a cricket channel and a golf channel. Other sports are moved to two new channels – Action and Arena – and a showcase channel called Sky Sports Main Event is launched which features simulcasts of the top events being show on Sky Sports that day. [48] Also, Sky Sports News drops the HQ label.
  • 2018
    • 30 April – Sky announces that its horse racing channel At the Races will become fully part of the Sky Sports network and will be rebranded as 'Sky Sports Racing' on or before 1 January 2019.[49].
    • 6 August – Sky Living is rebranded as 'Sky Witness', bringing an end to the Living brand after 25 years.[50].

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