|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Launched||27 February 1966|
11 June 2015 (relaunch)
|Replaced||Armed Forces Information Service|
|Closed||11 June 2013|
|Former names||ET2 (1987–1997)|
|DVB-T (DTT)||All over Greece at local frequencies|
|ERT2 Live||Watch Live|
ERT2 (Greek: ΕΡΤ2, "ERT Dyo") is a Greek free-to-air television channel owned and operated by state-owned public broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (Greek: EPT – Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση). It is the corporation's second television channel and it broadcasts documentaries, talkshows, current affairs programs, sporting events and children's shows.
It was originally referred to as "ERT2" and "ET2" (short for Ellinikí Tileórasi 2; Ελληνική Τηλεόραση 2 (Greek for 'Hellenic Television 2')) but the name was later changed to "NET" (short for Néa Ellinikí Tileórasi; Νέα Ελληνική Τηλεόραση (Greek for 'New Hellenic Television')), before changing back to "ERT2" by technically replacing NERIT Plus. Amid protests of the government's decision to close the public broadcaster, ERT staff continued to operate NET via satellite and internet. until November 7, 2013, when riot police stormed into ERT headquarters and took the internet programming of NET off the air.
On the 27th of February 1966, a second television channel was created by the Hellenic Armed Forces, the Armed Forces Television, which in 1970 became a fully-fledged second broadcaster as the Armed Forces Information Service (YENED). It contained news, sports, fashion, music, drama series and more rarely documentaries, films, and children programming.
On 3 November 1982, YENED passed under civilian control and was renamed as ERT2. Public broadcasters were the only broadcasters in Greece. ERT2 followed the same programming. In 1987, ERT and ERT2 became one company, ERT and the channels rebranded ET1 and ET2.
In 1997, ET2 was restructured as a news and information channel, airing documentaries and sports. It was therefore renamed as NET (Nea Elliniki Tileorasi/New Hellenic Television).
On 11 June 2013, NET was taken off air after the Greek government announced its decision to close ERT. Amid protests, NET continued to be broadcast via the Internet with the help of the European Broadcasting Union until November 7, 2013, when police forces invaded the ERT building and took the program off.
By ERT relaunch on June 11, 2015, the station returned as ERT2, technically replacing NERIT Plus in its space.
ERT2's shows included:
3 November 1982 to 1984
1984 to 11 August 1987
20 October 1997 to 7 June 2008
7 June 2008 to 11 June 2013
11 June 2015 to 28 September 2020
Since 28 September 2020