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Greek gov’t goes digital

Nova awarded first license

ATHENS — The Greek government today will sign the first contract for the provision of digital television services.

Nova is the first company to be awarded a license for digital satellite television. Owned by the same consortium as the country’s only subscriber service, Filmnet, Nova had announced its entry into the digital sector some 19 months ago, but the government blocked the undertaking and issued a call for proposals in the spring of 1998.

The Greek minister for press, Dimitris Reppas, expressed hope that Nova would improve the quality of television “and be better than the existing commercial TV in Greece.”

The Nova bouquet, which goes live today, includes a number of Greek commercial stations as well as international networks such as Discovery, BBC World and the Cartoon Network. Monthly subscription is set at 15.50 drachmas ($50).

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