ERT Sports

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ERT Sports HD
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Country Greece
Broadcast areaNational
Headquarters Broadcasting House
Language(s) Greek
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Owner ERT
Sister channels ERT1
ERT World
Launched27 April 2011
11 June 2015
9 February 2019
(as ERT Sports)
Closed8 February 2019
(as ERT HD)
1 December 2020
(as ERT Sports)
Replaced by ERT1 HD
Website ERT Sports HD

ERT Sports (Greek : ΕΡΤ Sports) was a Greek free-to-air television channel, owned by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster of Greece. It was the first high-definition television channel in the country and started broadcasting on 27 April 2011 in several large cities such as Athens, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli as ERT HD. [1]


ERT HD broadcast such important international events as the Olympic Games, the UEFA European Championship and the Eurovision Song Contest. It broadcasts at 1080i frame, encoded at Advanced Video Coding on the DVB-T standard. [2]

On 1 December 2020, ERT Sports was replaced on terrestrial television by ERT1 HD, while at the same time, HD broadcasts began in 80% of the country's population, ERT2 and ERT3. ERT Sports will be broadcast only through the ERTFLIX platform.[ citation needed ]


The Greek private television channel Skai filed a lawsuit against state broadcaster in 2011 for what it claimed was an illegal monopoly on high-definition programming by the public broadcaster. In its lawsuit, Skai claimed that ERT was in violation of European Union regulations regarding competition. [3]


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27/04/2011 - 11/06/201311/06/2015 - 09/02/201909/02/2019 - 28/09/202028/09/2020 - present

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  1. "ΕΡΤ HD, Τι είναι και πως το βλέπω;" (in Greek). Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. "Αθλητικό κανάλι η ψηφιακή ΕΡΤ Sports HD". (in Greek). Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. "ΕΡΤ: επιχειρεί παρανόμως να εισάγει στην HD τηλεοπτικά της προγράμματα" (in Greek). 18 April 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.