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 on 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 (parallel analogue transmissions ended finally on 1 July 2011). Satellite digital transmission is available through the NOVA Cyprus platform. Athina Sat, another provider, was launched in May 2005 but ceased operations in 2008. CytaVision and PrimeTel both offer digital TV through IPTV transmission and Cablenet through its privately owned cable network (in certain urban areas).
- Alpha TV (Latsia)
- ANT1 (Strovolos)
- Capital TV (Limassol)
- CYsports (Nicosia)
- Extra TV (Limassol)
- MAD TV (Engomi)
- MEGA-TV ONE (Strovolos)
- Movies Best (Strovolos)
- Plus TV (Limassol)
- Sigma TV (Strovolos)
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:
- RIK Sat (Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Africa but no longer available in Australia)
- ERT World, an internationally broadcast Greek-language channel run by Greece's national broadcaster.
- BFBS, only available to HM Forces stationed in the Sovereign Base Areas, or via encrypted DVB-T in Nicosia.
- 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, BFBS TV, Manchester United TV free, Alpha Cyprus (also available on CH 41)