Latvian television online

Throughout Latvia people now may view programming from many different television broadcasters, both homegrown and from beyond the borders. State television and a few commercial broadcasters beam signals from Rīga, while a handful of regional broadcasters, such as Latgales Televīzija, operate for localized audiences. Television broadcasters from Russia also find their way into Latvia, while consumers with cable or satellite hookups can get a wider variety of programming from Western Europe and beyond. A few of these broadcasters now provide some of their programs via the Web (and we strongly recommend a broadband connection for watching them). Here's our directory of what's available. To watch RealAudio streaming video, you will need the free RealPlayer software from Real Networks. To watch Windows Media streaming video, you will need the free Windows Media Player software from Microsoft.

Chat TV
Chat TV is an interactive service broadcast on the IZZI cable network in Latvia. The service mostly runs music videos. LV
Live Live stream (Windows Media)

Latvijas Neatkarīgā televīzija (LNT)
The largest commercial television broadcaster has grown quickly since its founding and has the largest audience share of any station in Latvia. In fact, it’s a bit of a media empire, with its fingers not only television, but also in film and radio (and, at one time, in the former Fokuss newspaper). Along with its sister station, TV5, LNT was purchased in May 2007 by News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch. An archive of nightly news shows is offered through the TVNET portal, while a live stream of a nightly news update also is available. LV
Live LNT Ziņas at 19:57 hours Latvian time (Windows Media)

Latvijas Televīzija (LTV)
Latvia’s public television broadcaster offers two channels, LTV1 and LTV7, neither of which can be viewed on the Web in real time. However, fans of the nightly news program “Panorāma” as well as other shows may use a pay-per-view archive provided through a partnership with the Apollo portal. (Archives of “Panorāma” used to be available for free.) Founded in 1954, Latvian Television is based on Zaķusala in the tall black building that seems to rise out of the Daugava River (not far from Latvia’s tallest structure, the television antenna tower). LV

Первый Балтийский Музыкальный Канал
The Russian-language channel, known in Latvian as Pirmais Baltijas mūzikas kanāls (First Baltic Music Channel), is based in Rīga. It broadcasts Russian-language music videos. RU
Live stream (Windows Media)

Sweden’s Modern Times Group has media properties throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, including TV3 in Rīga. The station provides some of its programming, such as “Dejo ar zvaigzni,” as recorded video its Web site. LV

The news agency LETA now has a 24-hours news channel that can be seen in Latvia on the Baltkom cable television network or, through its streamed signal online, anywhere in the world. The service provides not just news headlines, but also commentary and analysis. LV
Live stream (280 kps)  (Windows Media)
Live stream (900 kps) (Windows Media)

Organized by the Rīga-based computer software firm Tilde Ltd., this Web site has online streaming media archives of a number of Latvian television programs. This is arguably the most diverse television site in Latvia. Among the offerings are TV3’s current affairs satire program “Bez tabū,” the computer show “Nākotnes parks” and the car-and-driver program “Zebra.” All the recorded shows require Windows Media Player for viewing. LV

Vidzemes televīzija
The regional broadcaster based in Valmiera went on the air in 1992 and serves much of Vidzeme province. A number of VTV’s programs, including the nightly news program “Vakara vēstīs,” are available for viewing from the station’s online archive. LV


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