MEGA Cosmos (Odyssey Television Network)

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MEGA Cosmos
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MEGA Cosmos logo
Launched28 June 2012
Owned by Odyssey Television Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast areaNational
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) ERT World
Odyssey
Website MEGA Cosmos Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell Satellite TV Channel 712
Cable
Rogers Cable Channel 896
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 888

MEGA Cosmos is a Canadian exempt Category B Greek language specialty channel owned by Odyssey Television Network.

Contents

MEGA Cosmos broadcasts programming primarily from the library of MEGA Cosmos, a television channel in Greece. Programming includes news, television dramas, game shows and more.

History

On 12 August 2011, Greek National Television Network (Canada) Ltd., a subsidiary of Odyssey Television Network, was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called OTN 3, described as "a national, general interest, third-language, ethnic speciality Category B service devoted to the Greek-speaking community in Canada." [1]

Previous to OTN 3 launching, the MEGA Cosmos brand existed in Canada from 2007 to June 2012 through Ethnic Channels Group who owned the channel and licensed its name and programming from MEGA Cosmos' parent owners in Greece. In June 2012, the channel was shut down.

In June 2012, Odyssey Television Network acquired the rights to MEGA Cosmos programming and subsequently launched their own version of MEGA Cosmos Canada on 28 June 2012 using the OTN 3 licence. Odyssey Television Network television owned much of the MEGA Cosmos programming rights in Canada from 2001 to 2003, when it was aired on the then-named Odyssey II channel. Programming was lost in 2003, subsequently, the channel was then renamed ERT Sat (now known as ERT World) as Odyssey reached a programming and licensing deal with ERT Sat's Greek parent owners.

On September 14, 2018, the CRTC approved Odyssey Television Network's request to convert MEGA Cosmos (OTN3) from a licensed Category B speciality service to an exempted Cat. B third language service. [2]

Noted series

A list of notable shows that air on MEGA Cosmos Canada, as of February 2016:

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References

  1. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-487 CRTC 2011-08-11
  2. ERT World – Revocation of licence