Cosmote TV

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Cosmote TV
Private (subsidiary of OTE)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded September 2008
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Area served
Greece
Products IPTV, Direct-broadcast satellite, HbbTV
Owner OTE
Parent OTE
Website Official Site

Cosmote TV is the corporate name for two pay television services in Greece, owned by Greek telecommunication operator OTE. The two services are as follows:

  • Cosmote TV via Broadband - IPTV service
  • Cosmote TV via Satellite - satellite television service

Cosmote TV Satellite broadcasts on Ku band from Eutelsat's Eurobird 9A at 9.0°E featuring DVB-S2 -8PSK/MPEG-4 technology. In June 2012 OTE TV had 76,345 subscribers. In July 2017, after more than 5 years of operation, it was announced that the (now) Cosmote TV package has reached 510,000 subscribers.

History[edit]

In 2009, Greek Telecommunications giant OTE launched an IPTV service called Conn-x-TV. It was initially available in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Larisa & Iraklion, it is available in most of Greece.

In October 2011, Conn-x TV was re-branded as OTE TV via Conn-x. At the same time, OTE launched their long anticipated satellite service known as OTE TV via Satellite. Both services operate under the OTE TV brand and contain the same logo.

In March 2012 OTE TV had 63,497 subscribers. By the end of June 2012, reports say that the subscribers of OTE TV, both satellite and IP customers, had reached a total of 76,345. In November 2013, OTE TV reached 230,000 subscribers, most of them using the satellite service. In August 2014, the number of OTE TV subscribers surpassed 300,000 customers.

By the end of June 2015 OTE TV had 377,548 subscribers, while in June 2016 the platform had 458,920 subscribers (21.6% rise).[1]

In January 2016, OTE TV announced the creation of OTE History, Greece's first local documentary channel, exclusively focused to Greek history, culture, and civilisation. The channel broadcasts documentaries licensed by Greece's most acclaimed documentary producers and global distribution companies as well as its own original productions. CEO of OTE Group Michael Tsamaz said in a press conference held for the presentation of the channel prior to launch: "OTE HISTORY is an important project for OTE, an organisation closely tied to the modern Greek history, with special cultural role and responsibility. With documentaries and high-quality shows with high aesthetic standards on the history, the culture, the people and the traditions of our country, this channel can be a new spot of entertainment and education for viewers. OTE HISTORY was created with a lot of effort, vision and respect for the content and its audience. It is our legacy to future generations".[2]

In August 2016 the OTE TV platform surpassed Nova Greece's subscribers reaching 462,000 customers.[3]

In November 2016 OTE TV was re-branded as Cosmote TV and its respective branded channels as Cosmote Cinema, Cosmote Sports, and Cosmote History. Moreover, as of November 2016, Cosmote TV has agreements with three of the six major studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.

In January 2017 Cosmote TV reached 500,000 subscribers.

In July 2017 it was referred that Cosmote TV had reached 510,000 subscribers.[4]

In 2017, Cosmote TV did not renew its co-operation with Discovery Communications as discussions between the two parties have not led to a mutually acceptable agreement. Therefore the following 8 channels: Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 and TLC will be replaced by BBC Earth, Crime & Investigation Network, CBS Reality, Fine Living, Food Network, Fox Sports, Nautical Channel, Outdoor Channel, Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Θηλιά στη συνδρομητική τηλεόραση η κυβερνητική φορολόγηση". digitaltvinfo. 5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "OTE HISTORY: The first documentary channel for Greece". Cosmote. 20 Ιανουαρίου 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Η φορολογία "φρέναρε" την αγορά συνδρομητικής τηλεόρασης". Cnn Greece. 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Η ΕΡΤ στήριγμα της κεντρικής διαχείρισης". Cnn Greece. 10 Ιουλίου 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Dziadul, Chris (6 September 2017). "OTE's Cosmote to drop Discovery channels". broadbandtvnews.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 

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