TV since 1981

2008

April
As a result of a major technology upgrade on the DTT transmitters Ofcom invite broadcasters to tender for the licences for 2 HD channels.
May
Freesat launches on the digital satellite platform, a service jointly owned by BBC and ITV, carrying free- to- air channels.
BBC HD becomes the first HD channel to be separately reported.
June
Freeview starts testing HD transmission in SE England.
October
Ofcom announce that licences for the 2 HD channels on Freeview have been awarded to ITV and Channel 4.
November
Selkirk and 11 relay transmitters in the Scottish Borders become the next area to have their analogue television signal switched over to digital.
December
BARB commences reporting of on-demand content (VOD) via digital cable for content viewed within 7 days of the original broadcast.
BBC, ITV and BT announce Project Canvas, their plans for a Freeview service with broadband capability.