Cosmote TV
Company typePrivate (subsidiary of OTE)
IndustryTelecommunication
FoundedSeptember 2008
Headquarters,
Area served
Greece
ProductsSatellite television
OTT video streaming platform
OwnerOTE
ParentCosmote
Websitewww.cosmotetv.gr/portal

Cosmote TV is the corporate name for two pay television services in Greece, owned by Greek telecommunication operator OTE. The two services are as follows:

Cosmote TV Satellite broadcasts on Ku band from Eutelsat 9B at 9.0°E featuring DVB-S2 -8PSK/MPEG-4 technology. In June 2012 OTE TV had 76,345 subscribers. In July 2017, after more than five years of operation, it was announced that the package has reached 510,000 subscribers. By the end of March 2021 Cosmote TV had 578.000 subscribers making it the market leader in TV services.[1]

The OTT platform can be used on Windows and Linux operating systems (via web browser), Android & iOS mobile devices, Android TV boxes, LG, Samsung & Sony TVs. Cosmote also provides an Android TV powered box with a dedicated Cosmote TV shortcut.

History

In 1999, it was announced that television station Alpha TV was considering a co-operation with ERT and Greek Telecommunications giant OTE to launch a digital platform. Despite such plans being approved by the management boards of the said companies in February 2000, they were abandoned in September of the same year, as soon as OTE, which had launched a package of channels through Hotbird,[2] left the project.[3][4][5] Alpha TV and ERT would separately proceed with the launch of platforms Alpha Digital and ERT Digital; they ended up shutting down due to financial difficulties and limited subscriber base. The said package would continue transmitting, featuring international themed channels, which were gradually replaced with Greek local ones.[6]

In 2009, OTE launched the service as Conn-x-TV and was initially available within Athens, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Patras & Heraklion. Eventually it rolled out to more cities.

In October 2011, Conn-x TV was re-branded as OTE TV via Conn-x. At the same time, OTE launched their long-anticipated satellite service known as OTE TV via Satellite. Both services operate under the OTE TV brand and contain the same logo.

In March 2012, OTE TV had 63,497 subscribers. OTE decided to reorganise the tv unit and a new commercial directorate was created aiming to commercially push the tv service to OTE and non OTE broadband customers by enhancing the quality of the content offered, creating new tv packs with OTE branded channel and focusing on a new hybrid service using satellite for linear transmission and broadband for on demand content. By the end of June 2012, reports say that the subscribers of OTE TV, both satellite and IP customers, had reached a total of 76,345. In November 2013, following a management restructuring OTE TV reached 230,000 subscribers, most of them using the satellite service. In August 2014, the number of OTE TV subscribers surpassed 300,000 customers.

By the end of June 2015, OTE TV had 377,548 subscribers, while in June 2016 the platform had 458,920 subscribers (21.6% rise).[7]

In January 2016, OTE TV announced the creation of OTE History, Greece's first local documentary channel, exclusively focused on Greek history, culture, and civilization.[8]

In August 2016 the OTE TV platform surpassed Nova Greece's subscribers reaching 462,000 customers.[9]

In November 2016 OTE TV was re-branded as Cosmote TV and its respective branded channels as Cosmote Cinema, Cosmote Sports, and Cosmote History. Moreover, as of November 2016, Cosmote TV has agreements with three of the six major studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.

In January 2017 Cosmote TV reached 500,000 subscribers. In July 2017 it was referred that Cosmote TV had reached 510,000 subscribers.[10]

In 2017, Cosmote TV did not renew its co-operation with Discovery, Inc. as discussions between the two parties have not led to a mutually acceptable agreement. The take down of these channels was a successful move as there was no impact on customer figures and customer satisfaction. Therefore, the following seven channels: Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 and TLC have been replaced by BBC Earth, Crime & Investigation, CBS Reality, Fine Living, Food Network, Fox Sports, Nautical Channel, Outdoor Channel, Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature.[11]

Channel list

Greek National FTA

Greek Regional FTA

Greek Subscription

Cinema & Series

Sports

Documentary

Lifestyle

Kids

Music

News

Adult

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cosmote – Nova: Πόσους συνδρομητές έχει κάθε μία, πόσους έχουν Vodafone, Wind". Fosonline.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ Lyngemark Satellite Chart
  3. ^ Συμφωνία ΟΤΕ – ΕΡΤ – ΑLPHA
  4. ^ Τηλεοπτικά και οικονομικά ... ισχυροί
  5. ^ Στα «παράθυρα» η Ελλάδα... αναστενάζει
  6. ^ Hot Bird 1/2/3/4/6 at 13.0°E
  7. ^ "Θηλιά στη συνδρομητική τηλεόραση η κυβερνητική φορολόγηση". digitaltvinfo. 5 September 2016.
  8. ^ "OTE HISTORY: The first documentary channel for Greece". Cosmote. 2 January 2016. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Η φορολογία "φρέναρε" την αγορά συνδρομητικής τηλεόρασης". CNN Greece. 6 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Η ΕΡΤ στήριγμα της κεντρικής διαχείρισης". Sport24. 1 July 2017.
  11. ^ Dziadul, Chris (6 September 2017). "OTE's Cosmote to drop Discovery channels". broadbandtvnews.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017.