History of TV in the UK

The evolution of media in the 20th century developed at a slow pace until the 1980s. In the 1920s, radio was transmitted for the first time, followed by TV in the 1930s. The launch of Channel 4 in 1982 took the total number of TV channels in the UK to four heavily regulated options for TV viewers.

The 1980s, however, heralded a change in how TV was viewed in the UK. The mass market penetration of remote controls and VCRs  started a revolution in how consumers watched TV. Consumers suddenly had control over when and how they viewed TV; they adapted with aplomb to controlling TV.

In 1990, the nature of UK TV programming choice changed dramatically with the merging of two embryonic satellite TV stations,Sky and BBS, to farm one of the most powerful TV powers in the UK, BSkyB. Between 1991 and 1997, the number of TV channels broadcasting in the UK rose from 14 to 64. Of course, not all of these channels are broadcast to all multichannel subscribers. However, overall, the UK TV viewer has been bombarded with increased choice, but this choice has been available at a cost. The number of UK households which have chosen to subscribe to multichannel TV is 25%. For more information visit London Web Designer.

The level of multichannel TV subscriptions will continue to rise as BSkyB continues to invest in attracting key programme sectors away from terrestrial TV. Sports enthusiasts in particular have been faced with the choice of paying for subscription TV or doing without.

So, although we are living in an age of unprecedented technological advancement and corresponding media choice, the cost of entry to the new world is considerable. In addition to the technological advancements in the world of TV, the last 1980s has witnessed an explosion in other media and communication devices from the mass introduction of the Internet and e-mail, to mobile phones, and now to a new age of TV - that of digital TV.