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  1. Dont really know what KBI stands for. Check their web site.

     

    Grrek Media Group is GMG, so I don't understand the question if they are related. They are legit, they appear sometimes with different entity names, but these are usual corporate tricks. They do represent MEGA in the US. They are EllasTV distributors (but they distribute many things, I think)

     

    Alter does not exist (at least, not today). There is interest in reviving it, but, on the other hand, who would invest in a Greek channel today? I doubt anyone sane would invest in a channel today, worldwide, let alone, Greek.

     

    Don't really think that Star or MAD will join DISH, I think DISH completed the setup. This is a speculation, but having smaller channels join would require a raise in the fee you're paying. Would you still be interested?

     

    Yes, the 2005-2006 thing was a typo. Sorry.

    I don't think you read my post carefully.

     

    I asked if GMG and EllasTV are related, not Greek Media Group and GMG. I know GMG is the abbreviation of Greek Media Group. When I asked the question about EllasTV being related I used the abbreviation rather than type the whole name again.  :)

  2. Very very long story. To cut it short:

    MEGA had been frustrated with Dish. Mainly because Dish had preferable terms for Ant1. Dish chose to reward the loyal channel, not the first channel. So, Mega left in 2005. Tried to create a whole new greek subs base on Directv. In the process, Alter and Alpha joined Directv (just a hint, here: The Alpha-Directv deal was actuelly made by KBI, belonging to the same owners as Alpha) in 2007.

    When ERT rights were assigned to PCCW in 2010 there was an effort to end ERT DTH exclusivity on Dish, so there were contacts with DirecTV. This, legitimately, in my opinion, made Dish furious, starting to impose several legal and financial obstacles to such a deal, along with the very clever move to make a deal with Alpha (which then belonged to RTL, not to Contominas any more). This was the same period that Alter started having problems, not having any programming for weeks or months. So MEGA was left alone on Directv. At a point, Directv got fed up with the situation and decided to stop the greek package.

    This left MEGA homeless, with the only option to join Dish. But, still wanted a good share of the income, while Dish kept rewarding loyalty. 

    For the second time, MEGA decided to lead a new path outside Dish, joining Home2US. This time, ERT joined. As DISH was still playing hard on ERT (because they tried, through their subcontractors, to join DirecTV) ERT had no distribution agreement with any platform (but nobody dared to just stop its distribution until things are resolved, political impact would have been hard to handle). So, anyone feeling like it could include ERT in his package.

     

    But, at a point, some company managed to reach some deal with DISH (hint again: KBI is the company, but now Alpha belongs to Contominas, again), obliging Home2US to drop ERT.

     

    This left MEGA alone agin (and again... and again... and again....)

     

    Eh, finally they joined DISH

    Interesting info. What does KBI stand for? I would like to know more info on Greek Media Group since its been stated that they are the distributors of Mega in the US and the iptv service Ellas TV. Are they legit and are they related with GMG? Will Star join Dish in the future? Are there still efforts to revive Alter? Back in 2007 when Mega, Alpha, & Alter formed the package on Directv, it was stated on this forum that Mad World would also join. Are they still interested in broadcasting in the US?

    By the way, Mega left Dish in 2006 but maybe this was a typo on your part.

  3. Don;t reproduce everything you see in Greek forums/blogs. Most (if not all) of it are lies. You can ask me ANY question on ANY issue regarding ANY channel distribution rights after 2010 (Greek or English) and I will answer. ANY question, please...

     

    I've been reading the forums for quite some time, There is lots of guessing (sometimes right sometimes wrong) on what happened with ERT, Alpha, Mega, Home2US, UBI etc...

     

    As a start, replying to:

  4. Skai is available for free online on their website when it is airing Greek programming. Goes offline when airing foreign programming. If you're interested, it comes back on at 10:00pm EST with a replay of a cooking show. At 10:30 there's a am newscast and at 11:00 is Proti Grammi with the 2 guys who used to be on NET.

    Skai tv link: Skai

    Happy viewing! :)

    You can watch it right on your tv with roku for free
    You can also use an HDMI cable from the computer to the tv if both have HDMI inputs. Then you maximize the screen on your computer.
  5. Skai is available for free online on their website when it is airing Greek programming. Goes offline when airing foreign programming. If you're interested, it comes back on at 10:00pm EST with a replay of a cooking show. At 10:30 there's a am newscast and at 11:00 is Proti Grammi with the 2 guys who used to be on NET.

    Skai tv link: Skai

    Happy viewing! :)

  6. Let's hope this soap opera, "Mega Cosmos Musical Platform Chairs", has ended its run. They screwed the omogenia big time. Glad I didn't follow them on Home2US. I knew it wasn't worth it. But forgive and forget I say. Mega, just don't do us like that again and get someone else to distribute your channel. GMG/Titan, Inc., whatever name they're going by, don't know squat.

  7. Dish just updated their website. Mega is included in the Greek Elite package with the new price of $29.99. Remember 3 weeks ago I said that the price of the package would increase by $5. They knew Mega was coming back before they made the announcement on Facebook in mid-November. There was no way the price increase was because of Greek Cinema.

    Mega is also available a-la-carte for $19.99. Why more? ANT1 & ERT are $14.99 each a-la-carte. ANT1 has always been $14.99 since they debuted on C-band back in 1993.

    3 cheers for them for keeping the price the same for almost 20 years. Mega $19.99? Mega kleftes if you asked me.

    Smart thing for everyone--get the Greek Elite package.

  8. What they should do is to shift the radio channels one up giving MEGA the 9833 slot.

    That way I can have my two favorite channels next to each other. :)

    I had suggested that too in a earlier post a few days ago. But like Grk101 said maybe they're just testing on that channel or what I think might happen is they might reshuffle everything a few months down the road. :)
  9. So they're putting it on channel 9839, right after supersport fm? It's weird to not group it with the other tv channels. I guess 9828 must be taken. It would have been perfect next to ANT1 (9829). They could have put it on 9833, right after Greek Cinema and moved each radio channel by one. Oh well I guess we shouldn't be picky as long as we're getting Mega back. Maybe they'll switch it around at a later date. :tup:

  10. This was a good move by GMC getting Mega Cosmos back on Dish Network.

    Everyone in the US subscribes to on of the  Greek packages on Dish. With satellite  people have more choices American HD programing, local channels , PVR,  extra  receivers.

    With IPTV you do not have the choices that you have with satellite. People that subscribe to one of the Greek packages on Dish and have EllasTv for Mega most of them or all will cancel.

    DKSat

    I couldn't agree with you more DKSat, but what I think happend or didn't in this case was the fact that EllasTV being the only MEGA COSMOS provider did not produce the expected results as far as attracting subscribers, much the same as it did work out when the channel moved to DirecTV and later on Home2US.

    I live in an area with 80 Greek families. Most of those families have been suscribed to DISH NETWORK and never swiched or added DIRECTV, except of course for myself. People can live without MEGA COSMOS, I was without it for the last couple of months and eventually realized that I wasn't missing it.

    Mega Cosmos had a chance on Directv. When it didn't materialize, they didn't want to admit their mistake and rather than get their pride hurt by returning to Dish, they go to a platform that most people never heard of and also try their luck with an IPTV, a technology that still needs much improving.

    On a different note, I know we won't see Greek TV HD anytime soon, but does anyone see if providers can change SD here from 480i to 576i like in Europe? ANT1, ERT, & Alpha have figured a way to compress their signal so that alot of the stuff is shown in 16:9 aspect ratio on Dish.

  11. Someone asked when it will launch, and they responded:

    "we are working for a December 5th date. Might be sooner :). Will keep everyone posted"

    Just found out that someone was me. I had asked the question of a launch date and I was checking the Dish Network Greek TV page on Facebook this morning and noticed that the answer they gave me was exactly the same as you posted on your reply, Grk101. :D
  12. Someone asked when it will launch, and they responded:

    "we are working for a December 5th date. Might be sooner :). Will keep everyone posted"

    So it looks like Mega Cosmos will relaunch on Dish Network within 2 weeks. No information yet about package pricing.

    And if you recall from the letter I received, the Greek Elite pkg price would increase from $24.99 to $29.99 on or around December 6th "to provide you with the best content available and to cover increased costs...".

    Coincidence? I think not.

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