Mega Channel

Μega Channel
The Mega Channel logo since 1999
Launched 20 November 1989
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Audience share 17.5% (6/10/2014 - 12/10/2014, AGB)
Slogan Mega Mega
Country Greece
Language Greek
Broadcast area Internationally
DIGEA Channel 2, 11
NOVA Greece Channel 105
OTE TV Channel 106

Mega Channel, also known as Mega TV or just Mega, is a major television network in Greece. Teletipos S.A. was founded in 1989 under the name Teletype Television Programmes S.A. and the trade name MEGA CHANNEL.[1] It was the first private television station in Greece, launched on air on November 20, 1989.

Mega's programming consists mainly of Greek programmes such as comedies, dramas, news, current affairs and entertainment shows. Some of its hit series include popular comedies such as Sto Para Pente and Savatogenimmenes.

Mega Channel studios are located on Mesogeion Avenue in Athens. It was previously located in the town of Paiania, Attiki.


Current programing for the 2014-2015 broadcasting season include: (As of October 2014)

News and information

Television series





Logo and copyrights

From 2005, many clips aired, all with the slogan "Megalicious". In 2005-2007 were in-studio and from 2007 are live action. The previous Mega channel logo consisted of the text 'MEGA', with 'ME' widened to the left and 'GA' widened to the right. "Meg" and "Ega" (a computer-generated imagery cat and a dog respectively) which appear frequently in the TV station's idents, especially at Christmas, Easter or summer, can be considered the mascots of the station. The old Mega Channel logo consisted of 10 or 12 multicoloured lines, with MEGA in the middle and sometimes channel located at the bottom. The colours started from yellow, golden yellow, gold, mandarin, slightly orange (on either side), orange-rose, orange-pink, rose and pink.[2]

MEGA Cosmos

MEGA Cosmos logo

MEGA Cosmos is the international network of Mega Channel that broadcasts the 'best of Mega' programming to Greeks abroad in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. It was first launched as Mega Channel Australia in Australia and then rebranded to Mega Cosmos using a common feed for Australia and the US. In June 2015 Mega Cosmos is available through different platforms as Ellastv and Zaaptv Greek.


The channel first started broadcasting in Australia in 2000 but was taken off the air sometime later due to contractual problems. In late 2005, MEGA Cosmos returned to Australia thanks to a new deal signed with UBI World TV, a satellite platform that broadcast mainly foreign programming. In June 2012, UBI World TV ceased operations resulting in MEGA Cosmos again being temporarily unavailable. As of January 2013, the channel is now available via Ellas TV, a Greek iptv provider and as of May 2015 is available on ZaapTV Greek.


MEGA Cosmos originally launched in Canada in November 2001 via Odyssey Television Network but a contractual dispute in the summer of 2003 resulted in the removal of MEGA Cosmos programming from the Canadian airwaves. After a 4-year absence, a deal was struck with Ethnic Channels Group in 2007 to bring the channel back to Canada. In June 2012, Ethnic Channels Group lost the programming rights to the service and MEGA Cosmos Canada was subsequently shut down. The channel re-launched a short while later under a new agreement with Odyssey TV.

United States

MEGA Cosmos launched in the USA in late 2000 on the Dish Network platform. On December 1, 2006 MEGA Cosmos moved from Dish Network to DirecTV, due to a contractual dispute. On April 1, 2011 MEGA Cosmos moved, this time to the Home2US platform, due to a lack of subscribers on DirecTV. The channel also became available on Ellas TV (an IPTV provider) and ZaapTV Greek at the same time. On December 5, 2012, MEGA Cosmos returned to Dish Network, after a 12-year absence.


Company's shareholder structure for 31/12/2014 (Shareholders owning 2.5% and above):[1]


Former participations:

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Mega TV". Mega TV. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. "mega channel christmas ident 2003, meg and ega 2". YouTube. 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
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