The 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% in 2011. There are several national private channels, the most important of which are Sigma (28,8%), ANT1 (17.4%) and Mega (16,6%), followed by Plus TV (3,8%). (Audience data source : Eurodata TV Worldwide / AGB Nielsen Media Research Cyprus ).
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).
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, in some cases with a revised programme schedule, while others have had to cease broadcasting either temporarily or permanently.
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 June 2012, Velister was broadcasting nine free channels (with the addition of NRG-MTV) and a pay-DTT package composed of six channels and produced by LTV (Lumiere TV).
The only satellite package available in Cyprus is Nova which has been directly operated by the Greek firm Multichoice Hellas (subsidiary of Forthnet) since the company Multichoice Cyprus went into liquidation. The number of subscribers to the Nova platform is steadily declining, and was approximately 8,000 in June 2011. 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. The emergence of this competitor has not prevented a sharp rise in subscriber numbers for the Cablenet packages (23,000 in June 2011). IPTV has developed as an important player in the pay TV market with two services on offer from Cyta and Primetel. Almost 20% of homes opt for IPTV services.
This description was updated in July 2012. The other data in MAVISE is updated on a continuous basis.