The digital terrestrial network will be launched in Norway at the beginning of September 2007 and the analogue switch-off will be completed by the end of 2009. RiksTV, owned by Norwegian companies NRK, TV2 and Telenor, is the pay-TV operator for the new network. TV3 is a well established free-to-air TV channel in Norway and SportN is a cooperation between NRK and MTG. Viasat4 is a new channel which will be launched later this year and will correspond to TV6 in Sweden, which was launched to complement TV3 Sweden in May 2006, during the beginning of the Swedish analogue switch-off.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “The inclusion in RiksTV’s offering is an important driver in the development of Viasat’s channels, and we will be able to attain significant penetration increases in Norway for the channels as the DTT network grows.”
For further information, please visit www.mtg.se, email email@example.com, or contact:
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO
tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
Matthew Hooper, Corporate Communications
tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5010
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