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February 5, 2009

Sky celebrates twenty years on air


by David Allen

Considering that Rupert Murdoch acquired the early version of Sky for a £1, the pay-for-TV broadcaster has actually transformed the face of TV in the UK.

Love it or hate it, Sky TV is here for good.

In the early days, a test channel known as Satellite Television UK was changed to Sky Channel, and the rest of Sky’s success has been achieved through a careful plan spread out over two decades.

Sky TV has been the pioneer of many concepts that have become standard these days, such as 24 hour news, paying to watch TV, movies on demand, massive sports coverage, HDTV and of course the ability to record, rewind and freeze live TV.

None of this would have been possible without Sky TV.

For the future, there is 3D TV to look forward to, so the journey is by no means over just yet.

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