TV since 1981

2013

January
News International nets Premier League rights.
BSkyB launches Sky Go Extra entertainment and film download service.
LoveFilm partners C4 to bolster TV content offering.
February
ITV pre-tax profits rise 6% led by growth in digital and production.
BT confirms deal to buy ESPN UK&I.
Freeview claims households spend £200 a year on unwatched TV.
March
Twitter drives TV ratings, says UKTV chief.
BBC trials iPlayer-first strategy with Peter Kay sitcom.
Sky Sports launches on pay-as-you-go Now TV.
April
BT hands ad sales contract to Channel 4.
Virgin Media reports last quarterly pre-tax profits of £161.6m.
May
Vikings launches in UK today exclusive to LoveFilm.
Box TV launches streaming service for network websites.
June
BARB to track VoD viewing for first time.
ITV launches ad-free subscription catch-up service.
July
ASA targets broadcasters in alcohol ad clampdown.
Sky announces plans for cut-price TV box as profits rise 6%.
BT Sport muscles Sky out of FA Cup with £100m deal.
August
Netflix breaks into pay-TV with Virgin Media deal.
October
AMC Networks to buy Liberty Global's Chellomedia for $1bn.
Thinkbox hands reins to Lindsey Clay as Alps steps back.
Spotify's BBC Playlister feature goes live.
Barb appoints Nigel Sharrocks as new chairman.
November
ITV secures Champions League and Europa highlights until 2018.
News UK to show European football digital highlights.
Virgin Media to launch broadband 'twice as fast as anyone else'.
BT beats Sky to Champions League football in £900m deal.