Ahhh… The early days of satellite television

There’s an old Comet store near me (now long gone) which still has a BSB Squariel on the side. As with the VHS / Betamax war, the inferior technology won the battle.

In the early days of Sky TV the dish was pretty huge and many houses still have them anchored to their walls, complete with rusting bolts. They sit next to the more modern and smaller digital dishes. However, when things first started Sky and BSB only offered a small selection of channels, with the Astra platform also promising channels from WH Smith.

Here’s an interesting look at how it all started…