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2001 Chronokey Chronomedia index
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January 1  Australia begins digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmissions.  
February 22  In the Netherlands the Film Censorship Act is repealed to be replaced by self-regulation by NICAM and Kijkwijzer.  
March 14  In his Budget speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, announces that the tax breaks for British film production will be extended for three more years.  
March 16  Pure and Simple, a record made by Hear'Say, a vocal group 'manufactured' for the UK television series Popstars, sells 600,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling debut single of all time.  
April 1  UK colour television annual licence fee increases from £101 to £109. The monochrome licence fee goes up to £36.50.  
June 22  Kelsey Grammer, star of Paramount's sitcom Frasier, becomes the highest paid actor on television with a four-year contract for 48 episodes for which he will be paid $1.6m each, compared with his previous reported fee of $250,000, plus royalties from syndication. The previous record was held by the six stars of the sitcom Friends, who are reported to be paid $20m a year each.  
June  Video rental company Blockbuster settles a class action about fees for late return of rental videos by agreeing not to charge above the normal daily rate, calling it 'an extended rental fee'. [0081] > 2004 December
August 27  Finland begins digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmissions.  
September 1  Audience participation quiz show channel 9Live is launched in GErmany by ProSiebenSat.1 as a spin-off from TM3. It mainly features phone-in competitions.  
autumn  Icelandic local television channel Sjónvarp Hafnarfjarðar ceases transmissions. [0066].  
November 5  Nintendo launches its GameCube games console in the USA.  
November 8  Microsoft launches its Xbox games console in the USA.  
•  Croatia, Switzerland and South Korea begin digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmissions.  
•  DVD discs are included by the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the basket of items used to calculate the inflation rate.  
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