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RiksTV (formerly NTV Pluss) is the distributor of pay television in the Norwegian digital terrestrial television network. It is owned by Norges televisjon as, a consortium owned by Norsk rikskringkasting, the TV 2 Group and Telenor.

Except for NRK1, NRK2, NRK3, NRK Super and the NRK radio channels, all broadcasts in the Norwegian DTT network will be encrypted. (But TV2 is temporarily free-to-air until the end of 2009.) The channels that are broadcast in the RiksTV packages are selected by RiksTV themselves.

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Pre-launch

Some of the initial discussions concerned the avilablility of free-to-air channels other than the ones from NRK. TV 2 and TVNorge had stated that their channels would be encrypted, although they were free-to-air in the analogue network. This caused Modern Times Group, owners of TV3, to announce the launch of "TV4" that they wanted to be free-to-air. RiksTV were however unwilling to broadcast it free-to-air.

The first channels were announced on June 12, 2007, and were TV 2, TVNorge, TV3, TV 2 Zebra, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, The Voice TV, SportN, TV 2 Filmkanalen, TV 2 Nyhetskanalen, Viasat 4, TVNorge2 (was named FEM the next day), Canal+ Sport 1 and Canal+ Film 1.[1] The radio channels P4, Kanal 24 and Radio 1 were also included.

On June 12, it was announced that Animal Planet, Canal+ Film 2, the National Geographic Channel, TV 2 Sport and local television would launch later on. It was however announced in July that BBC World would become a part of the RiksTV package and that Animal Planet, Canal+ Film 2 and National Geographic would be a part of the package from the start, thanks to new compression technology.[2]

Among the rejected channels were MTV,[3] Eurosport,[4] SVT1 and SVT2.[5] The fact that MTV was rejected, meant that The Voice TV would be the only music channel on RiksTV. International news channels such as CNN, BBC World and Sky News were also rejected initially, as TV2 Nyhetskanalen first was seen as good enough.[6]

Launch

RiksTV started its launch on September 1, 2007, in Rogaland County. The lineup from the launch was:

RiksTV was then launched in the remaining counties in this order:[7]

Post-launch

On June 25, 2009, TV 2 upgraded their signal and started broadcasting the entire channel in high-definition.

SportN closed down on September 15, 2009. Its channel space was left empty for two months until November 15, when it is replaced by Eurosport.[8]

Today

RiksTV has a monopoly in Norwegian terrestrial pay-tv and it's services include the following packages and channels:

Note: the prices are per month.

References

  1. ^ Hans Hjellemo. "Her er digital-tv-kanalene". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article55775.ece. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  2. ^ Hans Hjellemo (July 4, 2007). "RiksTV avviser kanal-press". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article56118.ece. Retrieved 2007-07-04.  
  3. ^ Knut Kristian Hauger. "Stenger MTV ute". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article55523.ece. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  4. ^ Hans Hjellemo. "Eurosport ute av bakkenettet". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article55543.ece. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  5. ^ Knut Kristian Hauger. "Får ikke plass hos RiksTV". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article55766.ece. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  6. ^ Oddvin Aune. "Ny kanalrunde i 2010". Kampanje. http://www.kampanje.com/medier/article55789.ece. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  7. ^ "1. september starter salget!". RiksTV. http://rikstv.no/Nar-kommer-det/1-september-starter-salget2/. Retrieved 2007-10-18.  
  8. ^ "Eurosport to debut on Norway’s RiksTV". Broadband TV News. October 16, 2009. http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/10/16/eurosport-to-debut-on-norway%E2%80%99s-rikstv/.  

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