bTV Action

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bTV Action
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Launched 1 January 1998 (1998-01-01)
Network bTV Media Group
Owned by CME (Central European Media Enterprises)
Picture format 16:9 576i, 1080i (DVB)
Slogan "More than emotion"
Country Bulgaria
Language Bulgarian
Broadcast area Bulgaria
Headquarters Sofia, Bulgaria
Formerly called TOP TV (1998-2004)
CTN (Bulgaria) (2006-2007)
TV2 (2007-2009)
PRO.BG (2009-2011)
Sister channel(s) bTV, bTV Comedy, bTV Cinema, bTV Lady, bTV Sports, Novella
Website http://www.btv.bg/action
Availability
Satellite
Bulsatcom Channel 23 (SD)
Channel ? (HD)
Vivacom Channel ? (SD)
Channel ? (HD)
Cable
blizoo Channel 5 (SD)
Channel 164 (HD)
Mtel Channel ? (SD)
Channel ? (HD)

bTV Action is a Bulgarian man-based television channel. The channel, along with sports channel bTV Sports, bTV, bTV Comedy, bTV Cinema, bTV Lady and Novella are part of bTV Media Group, owned by the US media conglomerate CME.

History[edit]

In 1998 was launched the first Bulgarian ethereal television - TOP TV. Later the television extended its coverage, but it was shut off in 2004. The company was bought in 2005 and in 2006 the television started as CTN. One year later, in 2007, it was re-bought and re-branded to TV2. The channel was bought by Central European Media Enterprises with the sports television Ring TV in 2008 and re-branded as PRO.BG in 2009. This re-branding is believed to be inspired by Romania's largest TV channel PRO TV, also owned by Central European Media Enterprises (CME) as the founder of this channel Adrian Sarbu became the CEO of CME. The channel was then re-branded as bTV Action when CME bought "bTV Media Group" (bTV, bTV Comedy and bTV Cinema) in 2010. Since 7 October 2012 the format of the picture is set to 16:9 and an HD multiplex was launched.

Programme[edit]

bTV Action is a men-oriented channel showing actual programs, sports and action films

The channel, along with bTV Sports broadcasts the UEFA Champions League, and with BNT 1 and bTV Sports the UEFA Europa League, Italian Serie A1, Volleyball European Championship and more in HD. In 2013. the final of the UEFA Champions League was aired in 3D. The first 3D to be aired in the Bulgarian television. Later same year the channel starts to show the qualification and the races from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and since August 2013 also airs The Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 together with bTV Sports.

Code: Criminal is a criminal show which is being broadcast Monday-Friday live from 20:00 EET to 21:00 EET. The Hounds is a provocative investigate show with reality reports, comments, discussions and social experiments. It is broadcast at the weekend from 20:00 EET to 21:00 EET. Sport Zone is a sport commentary show. It was first broadcast on the main channel bTV and then it started on bTV Action - every Sunday from 12:30 EET to 13:30 EET. 24/7 is a commentary show with Dimitar Tsonev - one of the most famous Bulgarian journalists. It is broadcast from October 2011 till July 2012 every Sunday form 21:00 EET to 22:00 EET, because from September 2012 Dimitar Tsonev has new show, broadcast on the main channel bTV.

Coverage[edit]

PRO.BG was broadcast via analogue transmission in the largest 27 cities and towns in Bulgaria, which in effect covers more than 70% of Bulgaria's population. The channel shut-off its terrestrial broadcasting on 1 December 2010. bTV Action is broadcast via cable & satellite transmission from 22 January 2011. It is expected to resume its terrestrial broadcasting in near future.

Logos[edit]

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