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NOVA Greece
Type Private
Founded December, 1999
Headquarters Athens, Greece Greece
Area served Greece
Industry Telecommunications
Products Direct Broadcast Satellite
Net income US $54.06 million (2007)
Owner(s) Forthnet
Employees 240
Parent Forthnet
Website www.nova.gr

NOVA Greece is a Greek digital satellite pay TV platform owned by Multichoice Hellas. It was launched on December 1999 and is the first and (currently) only pay TV satellite service in Greece.

NOVA offers Greek subscribers an array of international and domestic programmes (including news, sports, movies, music, children's programmes and general entertainment channels) plus the majority of popular Greek terrestrial TV channels along with a number of Greek terrestrial radio stations. International programmes are offered in their original soundtrack, with Greek subtitles. Some interactive services like games, cinema & theatre listings, lottery numbers, news headlines and weather reports are also provided.

On April 14, 2008, Greek telecommunications company Forthnet acquired Netmed, parent firm of NOVA Greece.[1] In 2008 Nova Greece had 350,000 subscribers.[2] The transaction is valued at 430 million euros.

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Technical Information

Nova broadcasts solely in standard definition DVB-S MPEG-2 format, through Hotbird 8 satellite at 13°E.[3] The service is encrypted with Irdeto conditional access system. Until recently the subscribers had the option of buying a specific set-top box, or using any DVB-S Irdeto enabled set-top box, but since September 2009 new subscribers are only allowed to use the company's own set-top box. This change of policy has raised some significant controversy.

Nova has also introduced a PVR service, accessible only through a (different) specific set-top box. This service requires an extra subscription fee but also provides the subscriber with the option to watch two different channels on two different TV sets in the same household.

Nova channels are also available through the IPTV service of On Telecoms. On Telecoms subscribers can sign up to watch all the channels offered by Nova but have to pay a separate fee for that service.

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Panasat

Nova Satellite Package includes digital satellite receivers manufactured by Panasat. The current models are Panasat 720i, Panasat 910, as well as the older Panasat 700 and Panasat 642.

Channel List

Greek Terrestrial Channels

100 - Nova Promo
101 - Vouli Tileorasi
102 - ET 1
103 - NET
104 - ET 3
105 - Mega Channel
106 - ANT1
107 - Star Channel
108 - Alter Channel
109 - Alpha TV
110 - Makedonia TV
111 - Skai TV

Movies

201 - Nova Cinema 1
202 - Nova Cinema 2
203 - Nova Cinema 3
205 - Fox Life
206 - The MGM Channel
210 - E! Entertainment

Sports

301 - Nova Sports 1
302 - Nova Sports 2
303 - Nova Sports 3
304 - Nova Sports 4
305 - Nova Sports Highlights
306 - Nova Sports 6
307 - Nova Sports 7
310 - Eurosport
311 - Eurosport 2
312 - Motors TV

Documentaries

401 - Discovery Channel Europe
402 - Animal Planet
403 - National Geographic Channel Romania
404 - History Channel
405 - Travel Channel
410 - Chasse et Pêche

Children's

501 -Disney XD (Greece)
502 -Cartoon Network (Europe)
503 -Boomerang Greece
504 -Disney Channel Greece
510 - Playin' TV

Music

601 - MAD TV
602 - MAD Greekz
603 - MTV Greece (Replacing MTV Europe)
604 - VH1 Europe
605 - Mezzo TV
620 - Mad Music Seasonal
621 - Mad Music My Rock
622 - Mad Music Hits GR
623 - Mad Music Greek Classics
624 - Mad Music Rebetica - Laika

Entertainment

701 - Fashion TV
702 - F:Men
704 - World Fashion Channel
705 - TV5MONDE

News

801 - EuroNews
802 - CNN International
803 - BBC World News
804 - France 24 English
805 - Al Jazeera English
806 - Russia Today
810 - Bloomberg TV
811 - France 24 French
812 - DW-TV
820 - Al Jazeera

Other

851 - ERT World
852 - RIK sat
853 - Arirang TV
854 - Rai Uno
855 - Rai Due
856 - Rai Tre
857 - Al Jazeera Children's Channel
858 - CCTV-9

Adult Channels

(Require an extra subscription fee)
901 - Private Spice
902 - Playboy TV

Interactive Channels

900 - Nova Scope / Nova Programma

Radio Channels

1 - Deytero 103.7
2 - NET 105.8
3 - Trito Programma
4 - ERA Spor 101.8
5 - Love Radio 97.5 FM
6 - NovaSpor FM
7 - Melodia FM 99.2
8 - SKAÏ 100.3 FM
9 - Sentra FM
11 - Ecclesia Radio
12 - BBC World Service
13 - Mad Radio 106.2
14 - Real FM
15 - City 99.5

Criticism

Nova Greece is accused of having the lowest value for money over satellite providers in Europe, due to extreme subscription prices, lower than average picture quality (not the worst though, as sources like to say, since there are Balkan and Eastern Europe providers which for a far lower price offer by far worse picture quality) and a content that barely satisfies demanding viewers.

It is said by most television enthusiasts in Greece that the sum of Nova's characteristics show that total customer satisfaction is not by any means comparable to that of subscribers of other European satellite providers, like SKY Italia, Sky UK or Sky Deutschland.

Degradation to the picture quality due to extensive use of heavy MPEG compression (a technique that offers more available programs at the price of lower total image quality per channel added) also effects terrestrial repeaters and that practice seriously degrades picture of all commercial national television stations nationwide, since they are fed by Nova.

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