Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, will be expanding its Viasat offering through the launch of eleven additional HD channels and three play catch-up channels. The channels will be launched during the fourth quarter of 2012 in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Viasat’s total offering in the Nordic market will therefore include 40 HD channels and 36 play channels under both the Viasat and 3rd party brands.
The premium pay-TV sports channel Viasat Golf and pay-TV factual channels Viasat History, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature and Viasat Crime will be launched in crystal clear HD in all four Nordic countries on 1 November. The Swedish version of premium pay-TV channel Viasat Sport will be launched in HD in Sweden and Finland on the same date. The HD version of Viasat Sport’s Norwegian counterpart and the Viasat Fotball channel will also go on air in Norway on the day, and viewers in Sweden, Norway and Finland will also be able to access Viasat Hockey in HD. The free-TV channels TV6 in Sweden and Viasat4 in Norway will also be broadcast in HD.
The Play channels are catch-up channels available through Viasat’s recordable set-top-boxes. The National Geographic HD, National Geographic Wild HD, E! and Disney on Demand channels will be available to customers in all four Nordic countries from 1 October.