Boxer Sweden adds new channels

By Robert Briel
November 30, 2009 21.21 UK

Boxer, the digital terrestrial pay-TV platform for Sweden, will launch its sixth multiplex today (December 1), adding the new channels Showtime, Star, TV 7, BBC World Newsand Disney XD.

The new channels are transmitted using MPEG-4 compression technology on the new Multiplex 6, which reaches about 60% of Swedish households, mainly in central Sweden. The transmitter network will be gradually expanded to reach the entire country.

According to Boxer, virtually all new television receivers with DVB-T tuners sold today, as well as set-top boxes, are able to receive MPEG-4.

Multiplex 6 had been put on hold after Boxer’s parent company Teracom refused to invest further in the transmitter network in a dispute over price regulation. It was revived in October 2009.

The new channels available are Showtime – Movie Channel (action, thrillers, science fiction and other related genres from the last decade) with programming from 18.00 – 06.00 hours; during the daytime Disney XD will broadcast from 06.00 to 18.00 hours; Star! (the latest in showbiz news, behind-the-scenes on the sets of movies and TV series, as well as fashion and award shows) available from midnight till 15.00 hours; TV7 (entertainment channel with romantic comedies, American drama, sitcoms, lifestyle shows and soap operas) available from 15.00 hours till midnight. BBC World News is available from 14.00 hours till 02.00 hours.

Showtime, Star and TV7 are channels from NonStop Television.

More channels will be added in early 2010. They will be offered in different packages, namely Boxer Mini, Boxer Mix and Boxer Max.