Pay-TV – 1960s Style 

23 November 2006

Sky was by no means the first in the UK to offer Pay-TV, as this article from the former Vintage Broadcasting site describes.

In the 1960s, a company called Pay Television Limited started broadcasting via cable in London and after a period of time, extended its operation to Sheffield.

I personally remember, as a child, seeing the programme listing for Pay-TV in the London Evening News. I was quite fascinated by this, next to each programme was the price – a feature film 7/6d, documentary 3/6d and so on – and I vividly remember the Election Results programme in 1966 was offered at no charge

When Pay-TV was extended to Sheffield, the service was opened by The Right Hon. Ted Short, the Postmaster General.

Click on the screen shot below to view Ted Short’s introduction.

Pay-TV Sheffield: The studio set looks remarkably like the inside of the Tardis

A Transdiffusion Presentation

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jonathan poole 10 November 2014 at 8:59 pm

We had a machine under the tv coin slot. My dad would watch evening horse racing from kempton park, the films I remember were the sand pebbles, norman widom films, doctor who with peter cushion. Also if you turned the knob after puting your money in and wedged it with a window stop it would stop the timer on it. We were on british relay cable tv back then but I was a. Child and can’t remember much more

Gary 15 October 2017 at 10:09 am

I lived in Camberwell, SE London in the 60’s as a kid.
We had Pay TV installed. This was for viewing films and events not on terrestrial tv.
Films cost 6 bob to start. We used to be sent a monthly magazine with listings each month.
You had to put your money at the scheduled start time or you missed the start.
The highlight was exclusive viewing of Henry Cooper v Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight boxing title. We had everybody from the local pub to watch the bout, including the publican. I think this was 21 bob.
I don’t think it lasted more than a year or so.
Everybody fiddled the boxes in the end

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