Nova Cinema (Greece)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
|Formerly called||Filmnet (1994-2008)|
|Sister channel(s)||Nova Sports
|NOVA Greece||NovaCinema HD: Channel 200
NovaCinema 1: Channel 201
NovaCinema 2: Channel 202
NovaCinema 3: Channel 203
NovaCinema 4: Channel 204
|NOVA Cyprus||NovaCinema HD: Channel 100
NovaCinema 1: Channel 101
NovaCinema 2: Channel 102
NovaCinema 3: Channel 103
NovaCinema 4: Channel 104
|CytaVision(Cyprus)||NovaCinema 1: Channel 40
NovaCinema 2: Channel 41
NovaCinema 3: Channel 42
NovaCinema 4: Channel 43
Nova Cinema is a premium television service available in Greece that broadcasts blockbuster movies and hit series. It is the only 24/7 Movie service in Greece and it launched in 1994. It is owned by Forthnet, who own and operate Nova a DTH satellite service and Nova Sports—a sports channel.
Nova Cinema features hit movies from Greece and abroad, including Hollywood blockbusters. It also airs hit TV series from the US such as CSI and How I Met Your Mother. It is one of only 3 premium movie services in the world that have output deals with all major Hollywood studios. It boasts a new premier everyday, many films get their debut in Greece on Nova Cinema. Also broadcast are all the biggest movie and TV events such as the Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
Nova Cinema channels are available terrestrially and via satellite on Nova. Nova Cinema 1 is broadcast over the air together with Nova Sports 1/Disney XD, a decoder is required in order to receive the service as well as a monthly fee. Repeaters have been set up across the country that enable more than 77% of the population to receive these services.
Nova satellite subscribers have access to all four Nova Cinema channels if they subscribe to either the Cinema pack or the Full pack offered by the company.
From 1994 until 1 June 2008, Nova Cinema was known as Filmnet.
Filmnet is one of the oldest names in European Pay-TV history: Originally, a service was launched in 1985 targeting Benelux and Scandinavia. In 1997, all Filmnet channels minus the one in Greece were sold to the Canal+ Group and rebranded as Canal +. With the arrival of the Nova Cinema brand, the name Filmnet was retired.
Channels and content
Nova Cinema operates six multiplex channels:
- NovaCinema 1: The premiere's channel, features blockbusters and premieres, foreign series with new episodes, also in avant premiere, as well as all the great movie awards.
- NovaCinema 2: The channel showing the most distinguished movies. It features favourite selections from great movies that stood out due to the actors, directors, awards or box office, and as well as thematic evenings with special cinema tributes.
- NovaCinema 3: The action and adventure channel, features adventure,crime,fantasy, sci-fi, horror and western movies, repeats and marathons from the series of NovaCinema 1 and as well as adult zone every night.
- NovaCinema 4: Lust for life, features comedy, drama and romance movies.
- NovaCinema 1HD: It features similar content to NovaCinema1 on HD.
- NovaCinema 2HD: It features similar content to NovaCinema2 on HD.
Nova occasionally gives one of their channels a temporary rebrand to air different kinds of seasonal or promotional programming. Examples of this include:
- NovaCinema Summer: Broadcast from 1 June 2011 until 31 August 2011 and it featured 2 movies every night.
- Nova Classics: Broadcast from 1 June 2012 until 31 August 2012 and it featured 2 movies every night.
- Nova Star Wars: Broadcast from 4 May 2015 until 31 May 2015 and it featured Star Wars full-time.
- Nova Christmas: Broadcasts during Christmas holidays as a seasonal channel and it features family and kids movies every night.
- Nova Stars: Broadcasts during the whole February and it features 2 or 3 oscar academy awarded/nominated movies every night.
Current Hit Series
- Black Sails (TV series)
- Game of Thrones
- Person of Interest
- Silicon Valley
- The Leftovers
- True Detective
Former Hit Series
- Cedar Cove
- Burn Notice
- Grand Hotel
- Show Me a Hero
- The Following
- Τhe Newsroom
- Boardwalk Empire
- The Mentalist