Viasat Film

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Viasat Film
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Launched 27 August 1989 (as TV1000)[1]
3 March 2012 (as Viasat Film)[2]
Owned by Modern Times Group
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV), HDTV
Country Sweden
Broadcast area Nordic countries, Baltic сountries, Eastern Europe
Replaced TV1000 (except in Baltic, Russia and CIS)
Timeshift service Viasat Film Plus One
Availability
Satellite
Cable
Com Hem (Sweden) Channel 85
UPC Poland (Poland) Channel 495
Lattelecom Channel 220
IPTV
Telia Digital-tv (Sweden) Channel 50
Moldtelecom (Moldova) Channel 101-102-103

Viasat Film is a group of cable and satellite movie channels broadcasting to the Nordic countries and owned by Modern Times Group (MTG).

History[edit]

Viasat Film was started by Kinnevik on August 27, 1989 as TV1000, using one of the sixteen transponders on Astra 1A, the very first Astra satellite.

An old TV1000 logo.

In June 1991, TV1000 announced that they channel would merge with another pay movie channel called SF Succé. This gave the channel a content boost with several Swedish films. It also made TV1000 more able to compete with FilmNet which was the leading premium channel at the time.

The merger took place on September 1, 1991. The name of the merged channel was initially announced to be "TV1000 Succékanalen", but that never caught on.

As TV1000 was much larger than SF Succé, Kinnevik would own 75 percent of the new channel, while SF Succé's owners only owned 25 percent. When Kinnevik spun off their media division into the Modern Times Group in 1997, TV1000 wasn't included. Kinnevik were eventually able to buy out the rest of the owners, and TV1000 became a part of MTG in 2000.[3]

In February 1995, a sister channel called TV1000 Cinema, or just "Cinema", launched. Cable distributors were initially hesitant to offer the new channel, which led MTG to close down another channel called FilmMax in November 1995 and trying to replace it with Cinema.

When Viasat launched its digital platform, TV1000 and Cinema got two time-shift channels, each broadcasting the content with one and two hour delays.

TV1000logo between 2004-2009.

On September 1, 2004 TV1000 had a major overhaul. Cinema and three of the time-shift channels closed down and were replaced by four themed movie channels. The line-up would then be TV1000, TV1000 Plus One (one hour time-shift of TV1000), TV1000 Family, TV1000 Action, TV1000 Nordic and TV1000 Classic.

In early 2008, TV1000 launched its first high-definition channel. It was called TV1000 HD and is a simulcast of the main TV1000 channel for the Nordic countries.

TV 1000 logo used 2009-2012

On February 16, 2009, an eighth TV1000 channel, TV1000 Drama, is launched in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. At the same time, the other TV1000 channels had their logos replaced by a new design.[4]

The one-hour timeshift of the main TV1000 channel TV1000 Plus One was closed down on August 1, 2010.[5]

On January 2, 2012 it was announced that the TV1000 channels will be rebranded as Viasat Film starting from 3 March 2012 in the Nordic region. TV1000 is still available in Central Europe as TV1000 East.

Transmission[edit]

TV1000 was previously transmitted using D2-MAC and encrypted with the EuroCrypt encryption system. It was available originally via the Astra 1A satellite, and later via the Intelsat 707 satellite (where TV1000 Cinema was also available via the co-located Thor satellite). It was largely descrambled throughout Europe with pirate cards, especially popular in the UK for its English language films and late-night hardcore pornography. Today, the Scandinavian version of Viasat Film is transmitted digitally and encrypted in the VideoGuard system (after previously using the Viaccess system that was widely hacked) within the Viasat package on the Astra 4A satellite.

Film rights[edit]

As of 2011, Viasat Film has first-run rights with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Universal Studios, Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate.

International broadcast[edit]

Initially, the channel was only available in Scandinavia. In March 2003, TV1000 East began targeting the Baltic countries, Russia and other Eastern European countries. A channel broadcasting only Russian movies called TV1000 Russkoe Kino (ТВ1000 Русское Кино) was launched in October 2005. TV1000 Balkan, a version targeting the Balkan countries, was launched in 2006.[6] The fourth TV1000 to launch in Eastern Europe is TV1000 Poland, launched in early 2007 on the Cyfrowy Polsat platform.

In April 2008, a premium movie channel for the Baltic states called TV1000 Premium was launched.[7] On September 1, 2008, TV1000 Action East was launched in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.[8]

TV1000 is also available in Romania, being broadcast by RCS&RDS.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV1000 Idents/Vinjetter 1989-2009 YouTube.com. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  2. ^ "MTG launches new ‘Viasat Film’ brand and 4 new HD movie channels - Media - MTG". Mtg.se. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ "MTG acquires TV1000" (Press release). Modern Times Group. March 23, 2000. 
  4. ^ "Viasat lanserar TV1000 Drama" (Press release). Viasat. January 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Viasat lukker TV1000 Plus One". tvny.com. July 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ MTG annual Report 2006 (PDF). p. 39. 
  7. ^ "TV1000 Premium for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania". April 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Viasat to Premiere Action Movie Channel in CIS, Baltic Territories". World Screen. August 5, 2008. 

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