Nova Cinema (Greece)

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This article is about Greek television. For Czech television, see Nova Cinema (Czech TV).
Nova Cinema
Nova Cinema.png
Launched 1994
Owned by Forthnet
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Greece
Language Greek
Formerly called Filmnet (1994-2008)
Sister channel(s) Nova Sports
Nova Life
Website www.novacinema.gr
Availability
Satellite
NOVA Greece NovaCinema 1 HD: Channel 200
NovaCinema 2 HD: Channel 201
NovaCinema 3 HD: Channel 204
NovaCinema 4 HD: Channel 205
NOVA Cyprus NovaCinema 1 HD: Channel 100
NovaCinema 2 HD: Channel 101
NovaCinema 3 HD: Channel 103
NovaCinema 4 HD: Channel 104
Cable
Cablenet (Cyprus) NovaCinema 1 HD: Channel 151
NovaCinema 2 HD: Channel 152
NovaCinema 3 HD: Channel 153
NovaCinema 4 HD: Channel 154
IPTV
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 Game of Thrones and NCIS. It was one of only 3 premium movie services in the world that have output deals with all major Hollywood studios until 2016. Recently, Nova Cinema have output deals with three of six major Hollywood studios, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.. It boasts a new premier every other day, many films get their debut in Greece on Nova Cinema. Also broadcast are all the biggest movie and TV events such as the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTA.

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.

FilmNet[edit]

Main article: Filmnet
The old FilmNet logo

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[edit]

Nova Cinema operates four multiplex channels:

  • NovaCinema 1 HD: The premiere's channel, features blockbusters and premieres, Greek co-productions from Nova, as well as all the great movie awards.
  • NovaCinema 2 HD: The channel showing the most distinguished movies. It features favorite 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 HD: The action and adventure channel, features adventure,crime,fantasy, sci-fi, horror and western movies and as well as adult zone every night.
  • NovaCinema 4 HD: The series channel, features foreign series with new episodes, broadcast for the first time in Greece, shortly after America’s air time.

Temporary channels[edit]

Original Nova Cinema logo

Nova occasionally gives one of their channels a temporary rebrand to air different kinds of seasonal or promotional programming. Examples of this include:

  • Nova Summer: Broadcast from 1 June until 31 August 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.

Special Events[edit]

NovaCinema 1 HD features special events such as Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA. It used to broadcast the Academy Awards until 2016, when Nova lost the exclusive rights to the coverage of the ceremony.

Current Hit Series[edit]

Former Hit Series[edit]

External links[edit]