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Alfa TV was a premium television service available in Cyprus, that broadcast sports and children's programming as well as the odd film. It was owned by Alfa TV Ltd. and was launched in 1998. Alfa TV is one of only 2 pay-TV services in Cyprus, the other being Lumiere TV with whom Alfa TV has a programming agreement.
It broadcasts over the air, together with Lumiere TV, on several platforms, like CytaVision, with an extra fee. Repeaters have been set up across the country that enable more than 80% of the population to receive these services. Alfa TV was available on the NOVA Cyprus platform but due to a financial dispute with the provider, the channel was removed and signed on with rival Athina Sat. It is also available through IPTV providers CytaVision & PrimeTel.
As of March 3, 2008, Alfa TV returned to NOVA Cyprus following a new agreement whilst Athina Sat, has ceased operations. Finally the channel is expected during the summer 2011 to be renamed to STAR Channel. The owner and former member of the parliament Sokratis Chasikos hired the former head manager of ANT1 Cyprus Giorgos Tsalakos as a head manager. The contract with LTV ends on May and will not be renewed.
Alfa TV features the best Sports programming from Cyprus and around the world as well as the finest Children's entertainment. Sports coverage includes live action from the following leagues and events:
In addition Alfa TV has extensive coverage of championship football including matches from the following leagues: Greek Super League, English Premiership, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and Portuguese SuperLiga. Alfa TV also has coverage of other events such as horse racing, tennis, boxing, bowling, billiards, rodeo, golf and extreme sports.
Alfa TV broadcasts top-rated children's programming from around the world and all programs do not feature any violence. Current shows on Alfa TV include:
- All Grown Up!
- As Told by Ginger
- Blue's Clues
- Danny Phantom
- Dora the Explorer
- Drake and Josh
- Eureeka's Castle
- Hey Arnold!
- Justice League
- Kenan & Kel
- Legends of the Hidden Temple
- Little Bill
- My Life as a Teenage Robot
- Rocket Power
- Rocko's Modern Life
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- The Angry Beavers
- The Brothers Garcia
- The Daffy Duck Show
- The Jetsons
- The Wild Thornberrys
- Yakkity Yak
In addition to the programming mentioned above, Alfa TV also airs several original programs of its own that air throughout the week.
- Deltio Eidiseon - Daily newscasts at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm featuring all the top stories from Cyprus, Greece and the rest of the world
- Οikonomia - Business program that deals with the top economic issues, airs Mondays at 7:10pm
- Εpi Skinis - Current affairs program that discusses the key issues affecting society, airs Tuesdays at 7:10pm
- Μera Para Mera - Talkshow that deals with various topics of discussion from politics to culture to current affairs, airs Wednesday and Friday at 7:10pm