Greece’s ERT launches updated OTT service

Greek public broadcaster ERT has launched an updated version of its ERTFlix OTT offering. The broadcaster tapped the expertise of Greek systems specialist Telmaco and tech provider Insys Video Technologies to supply the backend implementation and updated interface for the streaming service. ERTFlix provides users with access to five live channels and movies, series, and […]

Sports roundup: Eleven Sports launches F1 pass; FISU signs Eurosport deal; ERT agrees to EBU acquisitions; Sport1 holds on to Rallycross in IMG 

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports will offer Portuguese viewers an annual pass to Formula 1 events. The €49.99 per year annual pass provides live access to all 22 Grand Prix races, F1 qualifying, F2, F3, and the Porsche Super Cup on Eleven’s dedicated racing channel. The channel also offers analysis, interview and behind the scenes content, […]

Sky, Google, Rai join HbbTV Association

A number of high-profile companies have joined the HbbTV Association in the past year, including Google, Sky and Italian public broadcaster Rai. Other new member include Greek public broadcaster ERT, Italian technology provider Kineton, and Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Skyworth, the association announced. “We are excited about these high-profile companies joining HbbTV Association,” said Vincent […]

New chief executive for Greek pubcaster

The Greek government has appointed Vassilis Costopoulis as the new CEO of public broadcaster ERT. Costopoulis, a lawyer, was director of ERT’s legal department from 1988-93. While at the pubcaster, he served as a member of the permanent legal committee and the specialised legal committee on European Affairs at the EBU and was deputy member […]

Greece’s ERT taps Globecast for European distribution

Greek national broadcaster ERT is working with Globecast to deliver the ERT World channel and five radio stations to the Greek diaspora in Europe. Globecast is providing fibre connectivity for the state-owned broadcaster’s content at its Paris headquarters where the signals are then uplinked to HotBird satellite capacity. “ERT was previously carried on HotBird satellite […]

Offices of Greek broadcaster ERT cleared by police

Greek police have cleared the offices of former Greek state broadcaster ERT, evicting former employees who have occupied the building since the government shut it down this summer. According to press reports, riot police formed a cordon around the building in the early hours of the morning, then went through the building room-by-room clearing protestors. […]

New Greek public broadcaster goes on air

Greece’s new interim public broadcaster has launched with the airing of a two-hour news programme. The news programme was fronted by two journalists and produced by staff freshly recruited for the service, some of whom are staff of the former public broadcaster ERT. The news service is headed by Vassilis Fomopoulos, former news director at […]

EBU to cease streaming Greece’s ERT

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said it will stop streaming former Greek public service broadcaster ERT from tomorrow, amid reports that its temporary replacement Greek Public Television (EDT) will broadcast news services this week. In a statement, the European public service media alliance said that it will cease to stream ERT via its satellite capacity […]

Greece public TV signal back on air

Greece has switched it public TV signal back on, as the government looks to transition to a new service following its shut down state broadcaster ERT last month. According to AFP, a screen reading ‘Greek public television’ (EDT) began to be broadcast yesterday on the main digital TV frequency formerly occupied by ERT. “This is a […]

Greek coalition at loggerheads over future of ERT

Greece’s governing coalition has been unable to agree on how to re-commence transmissions of shut-down public broadcaster ERT’s programming and could fall over the issue. The two junior coalition partners, Pasok and the Democratic Left, are at odds with prime minister Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy party, who wants to replace ERT with a […]