MEGA Cosmos (Ethnic Channels Group)

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MEGA Cosmos
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MEGA Cosmos logo
LaunchedOctober 12, 2007
ClosedMay 31, 2012
Owned byEthnic Channels Group
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast areaNational
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

MEGA Cosmos was a Canadian Category B Greek language specialty channel and was owned by Ethnic Channels Group. It broadcast programming from MEGA Cosmos, a television channel in Greece, and local Canadian content.

Television in Canada officially began with the sign-on of the nation's first television stations in Montreal and Toronto in 1952. As with most media in Canada, the television industry, and the television programming available in that country, are strongly influenced by media in the United States, perhaps to an extent not seen in any other major industrialized nation. As a result, the government institutes quotas for "Canadian content". Nonetheless, new content is often aimed at a broader North American audience, although the similarities may be less pronounced in the predominantly French-language province of Quebec.

A Category B service is the former term for a Canadian discretionary specialty television channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, may be carried by all subscription television providers. Such services were called Category 2 until September 1, 2011.

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

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MEGA Cosmos is the international network of Mega Channel, a television network in Greece. MEGA Cosmos features news, top-rated series including comedies and dramas, game shows, reality series and more.

MEGA Channel, also known as MEGA TV or just MEGA, was a television network in Greece, that broadcast a mix of foreign and Greek programming. Teletipos S.A. was founded in 1989 under the name Teletype Television Programmes S.A. and the trade name MEGA CHANNEL. It was the first private television station in Greece, launched on air on November 20, 1989.

History

MEGA Cosmos Canada was licensed by the CRTC on August 9, 2006 as Greek TV 1. [1]

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is a public organization in Canada with mandate as a regulatory agency for broadcasting and telecommunications. It was created in 1976 when it took over responsibility for regulating telecommunication carriers. Prior to 1976, it was known as the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, which was established in 1968 by the Parliament of Canada to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. Its headquarters is located in the Central Building of Les Terrasses de la Chaudière in Gatineau, Quebec.

On May 31, 2012, MEGA Cosmos Canada ceased broadcasting due to Ethnic Channels Group no longer possessing the programming rights for MEGA Cosmos.

The MEGA Cosmos brand was relaunched in Canada under the ownership of Odyssey Television Network in June 2012.

Odyssey Television Network

Odyssey Television Network, Inc. is a Canadian licensed Greek language television broadcaster who owns and operates three national ethnic channels, available via cable and satellite. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, the company has been in operation since 1996 and is headed by John Maniatakos, son of longtime Greek-Canadian broadcasting stalwart, Peter Maniatakos.

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References

  1. Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (20 September 2007). "ARCHIVED - Greek TV 1 - Category 2 specialty service". crtc.gc.ca.