The Cypriot public service broadcaster CYBC continues to play an important role in the market with four channels: RIK1, RIK2, RIK HD and RIK Sat. These had a combined daily audience share of 17.4% in 2012, a slight increase from the year before. The national private channels are very strong with the most important being Sigma (18,4%), ANT1 (16.2%) and Mega (14.4%), followed by Plus TV (3,9%).
Several channels are the Cyprus versions of major Greek commercial channels including ANT1, Mega, and the new sister channel of a Greek commercial station which was launched in 2011 (Mad Cyprus). Cyprus is also home to a number of Russian language channels that target Russia and the Baltic states.
Analogue terrestrial signals were switched off on 1 July 2011, after a short transitional period. The network was launched in spring 2010 with the multiplex operated by the public broadcaster and composed of public channels. At the beginning of 2011, the private consortium Velister Ltd (consisting of six private broadcasters and the distributors Primetel and Cablenet) launched a second multiplex, dedicated to private channels. In 2013, Velister was broadcasting nine free channels and a pay- DTT package composed of six channels and produced by LTV (Lumiere TV).
The transition to DTT had a strong impact on the local television landscape in Cyprus. In the absence of a local DTT network, several local stations have begun to broadcast nationally (Extra TV Limasol and Capital TV) in some cases with a revised programme schedule, while others have had to cease broadcasting either temporarily or permanently.
The only satellite package available in Cyprus is Nova, operated by the Greek firm Multichoice Hellas (subsidiary of Forthnet). Only around 5 000 homes paid for satellite subscription services in 2012. The main cable operator is Cablenet and the company has faced competition since 2010 with the launch of two cable TV packages by LTV (Lumiere TV): LTV Cable and LTV3Play. Approximately 12% of homes in Cyprus subscribe to cable packages. Cablenet claimed to have 30 000 subscribers in 2012. Two IPTV services are available: from Cytavision and Primetel. Almost 20% of homes opted for IPTV services in 2012.
This description was updated in September 2013, along with the channels and line-ups of operators. Changes to channel offers are continuously updated.