In 1963, the Danish regional tele operator (covering most of Jutland), Jysk Telefon, starts limited activities within cable tv. However, it is not until the mid eighties, when the four regional telecoms begin a considerable build out of the cable tv network, that cable tv becomes the Danes’ preferred way to receive tv.
In November 1990, the Danish parliament (Folketing) passes a law that paves the way for a nationwide, Danish telecom. The company is named Tele Danmark and is parent company for the existing, regional telecoms. The purpose is to create a strong Danish telco, able to compete in a growing international market.
In 1995, the cooperation is taken one step further, as the four regional companies are merged into Tele Danmark. Out of the merger arises the first nationwide cable tv company, i.e. Tele Danmark Kabel TV (Tele Danmark Cable TV).
In the late nineties, Tele Danmark Cable TV begins to deliver digital tv.
In 2000, Tele Danmark changes name to TDC and demerges into a parent holding company with a number of subsidiaries with the purpose to increase customer focus, create greater transparency and faster time to market. Thus, Tele Danmark Cable TV becomes TDC Cable TV, and initiates the build out of an upstream platform enabling the TV? customers to access the internet through the cable tv network.
In 2005, TDC Cable TV expands the product range with IP telephony and becomes the first Triple Play distributor in Denmark with tv,
Still in 2005, five private equity firms form Nordic Telephone Company ApS (NTC) with the purpose to purchase TDC, including TDC Cable TV. In 2006, NTC acquired 89% of the TDC shares, which has been reduced to 59%, following a re-IPO of TDC on Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen.
In 2007, TDC merges the independent daughter companies into one. Except for TDC Cable TV, which continues as an independent legal identity, in order to maintain and strengthen its core competencies. In order to further stress the independent role, TDC Kabel TV changes name to YouSee, and creates a new visual identity.
In 2009, YouSee decides to unenchrypt its digital tv distribution, thereby gaining a 100% digital penetration, naming it “Clear”. However, a parallel analogue distribution is maintained for customers with tv sets that are unable to receive digital signals.