Television in Cyprus
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Television in Cyprus was introduced in 1956. Private TV was introduced on the 26th of April, 1992, by LOGOS TV which started its transmissions in STEREO and TELETEXT from day one. The first private TV station of Cyprus was owned and operated by the Church of Cyprus. In August, 1995, the same station introduced the first ISP in Cyprus, LOGOSNET. The Republic of Cyprus currently uses the PAL colour system, and has converted terrestrial transmissions to digital in 1 July 2011, in line with EU policy.
Because of the political division of the island, television companies are also divided.
Republic of Cyprus
Terrestrial digital transmission is now available in Cyprus, along with parallel analogue transmissions which will end on 1 July 2011. A press release by the ministry of communications indicated that this would become available by 2011, ahead of the deadline for EU countries in 2012. Satellite digital transmission is available through the NOVA Cyprus platform. Athina Sat, another provider, folded in 2008. CytaVision and PrimeTel both offer digital TV through IPTV transmission.
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (Public)
- ANT1 Cyprus (see also ANT1)
- Plus TV (formerly CNC Plus TV)
- Mega Channel Cyprus (Logos TV until the late-1990s), see also Mega Channel
- Sigma TV
- Nimonia TV (NTV) - Limassol local channel
- New Extra - National network based at Limassol
- Omega TV Paphos TV Paphos local channel (ceased February 2010) * Paphos local channel (ceased February 2010)
The private channels ANT1 Cyprus, Plus TV, Mega Channel Cyprus, Sigma and New Extra formed Velister which carries their digital programming. It's expected that Velister will be covering the whole south region of Cyprus before the analogue switch off on 1 July 2011.
Reception of free to air digital channels varies across the country :
- ERT World, an internationally-broadcast Greek-language channel run by Greece's national broadcaster.
- RIK Sat - (Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Africa but no longer available in Australia)
- BFBS, only available to HM Forces stationed in the Sovereign Base Areas, or via encrypted DVB-T in Nicosia.
- 514 MHz (Ch 26 UHF) - LTV, LTV1, LTV2, LTV3, LTV SPORTS 1, LTV SPORTS 2
- 530 MHz (Ch 28 UHF) - RIK1, RIK2, RIK HD, Ert World, Euronews
- 546 MHz (Ch 30 UHF) - Ant1, Sigma, MEGA, Plus, Extra, Capital
- 570 MHz (Ch 33 UHF) - RIK1, RIK2, RIK HD, Ert World, Euronews
- 602 MHz (Ch 37 UHF) - RIK1, RIK2, RIK HD, Ert World, Euronews
- 698 MHz (Ch 49 UHF) - Ant1, Sigma, MEGA, Plus, Extra, Capital
- 706 MHz (Ch 50 UHF) - MAD cy, Music TV, NRG-MTV
- 738 MHz (Ch 54 UHF) - LTV, LTV1, LTV2, LTV3, LTV SPORTS 1, LTV SPORTS 2
- "Cyprus: Digital TV by 2011". Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-25.