Norwegian DTT operator RiksTV has announced the names of the first channels that will appear in the pay-TV package that launches in September. A free package consisting of NRK1, NRK2, NRK3, NRK Super and 13 radio stations will also be available.
The Rikspakken will consist of between 12 and 16 channels and includes a mix of local and international broadcasters. So far confirmed are TV2, TVNorge, TV3, TV2 Zebra, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, The Voice TV, SportN, TV2 Filmkanalen, TV2 Nyhetskanalen, Viasat4, TVNorge2, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet. The package includes all the key Norwegian commercial channels as well as local TV.
The premium RiksEkstra package will give options for Canal+ Film, Canal+ Sport and TV2 Sport.
RiksTV, which will transmit over the network of sister company NTV, also has plans for HD broadcasts. It is likely this will be restricted to a part time channel until the digital switchover process is completed in 2009.