TV since 1981

2011

January
LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba demonstrate Connected TVs with apps and app stores at CES 2011.
February
Sky reshuffles its EPG with HD channels swapping place with their SD counterparts for homes with Sky+HD packages.
ITV's This Morning is the first programme to feature Product Placement permitted from 28th February. Programmes featuring product placement must display a Product Placement logo in the start and end credits. (Nestle's Dolce Gusto coffee brand was the first product)
April
29th - The Royal Wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attracted a consolidated average audience of 26.0m viewers across the ceremony from 11:00am to 12:10pm. This is an aggregated audience across 10 BARB reported channels that followed the events live.
May
Virgin Media goes into partnership with TiVo and launches a new PVR with additional Connected TV functionality.
FA Cup final shown in 3D by ESPN.
June
Digital switchover completed in Central Scotland.
July
BARB announces the first phase rollout of a web-TV meter. Initially 100 homes on the BARB panel are expected to be installed to commence a programme to deliver single source reporting for TV sets and web-TV. 1100 homes are planned by the end of 2012.
BBC shows the Wimbledon finals in 3D on the BBC HD channel.
August
BARB is 30 years old on 1st August.
September
Digital switchover completed in the Central region.
Digital switchover completed in Yorkshire.
October
BARB launches the Measurement Sciences Forum, designed to encourage more dialogue on television audience measurement requirements from across the television and advertising industries.
The video-on-demand service SeeSaw, based on intellectual property rights Acquiva purchased from Project Kanageroo back in 2009, closes.
November
Digital switchover completed in Anglia.
'Zeebox' launches (and BSkyB promptly takes a 10% stake) as a bespoke TV companion riding the wave of the second screen social TV opportunities.