Jun 242015
 

The Spanish regulator CMNC has taken action yet again against Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s leading commercial broadcasters.

In the case of Mediaset, it has fined the company €229,136 for exceeding the permitted advertising airtime, as stipulated by the General Law on Audiovisual Communication (LGCA), on its channels Telecinco and Cuatro.
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Jun 122015
 

Spain’s Supreme Court will meet on June 23 to decide on whether to order the closure of eight DTT channels.

According to El Economista, the decision, which result in a huge blow for Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s two leading broadcasters, has caused a confrontation between by vice president Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria and José Manuel Soria, the industry minister.

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Feb 192015
 

Spain’s Ministry of Industry has put back by one month the changes to Spanish TV that would see the freeing up of the 700 MHz band. This band has been allocayed for 4G/LTE networks.

El Economista reports that this new delay follows requests by both TV broadcasters and aerial installers (Fenitel).

Reports suggest that about 2.5 million Spanish households have still to retune their receivers, or if they using commula aerial system,have their systems upgraded.

It is estimated that by March 81% of homes will have retuned – 26 percentage points more than in January but still some way short of the 100% target.

The DTT switch was initially scheduled to take place at the beginning of the year but was then put back until the middle of this month.

Jan 062015
 

Andalucía TV has ceased it satellite transmissions.
The loss of Andalucía TV has caused uproar among dish owners, upset about the loss of the satellite TV signal.
Andalucía TV was available free to air on Hispasat 1E (at 30 degrees West) and Astra 1L (at 19.2 degrees East).
Andalucía TV was a regional TV channels for Spain, and carried programming from Canal Sur TV and Canal Sur 2, two other local SPanish TV channels.
Radio Televisión de Andalucía, that operates Andalucía TV, said that its programmes would be available via the Ono, Telecable and Movistar cable TV / IPTV networks.

Dec 212014
 

Spain will get five new Spanish TV channels in 2015.

The Spanish government has confirmed that they will be awarding Spanish TV licences for four new HD and one new SD channels in 2015.
Currently, there are 15 national digital TV channels in Spain:
Six operated by Mediaset (Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, Divinity, Energy and Boing);
Five by Atresmedia (Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova and Gol TV);
Two from Veo TV rented to Discovery Max and 13 TV;
Two from Net TV rented to Disney Channel and Paramount Channel.

Dec 212014
 

Spanish TV is due for a few changes in the next few months.

Several Spanish TV channels, that you receive via a TV aerial, are schedule to change frequencies.

This is due to their current frequencies due to be sold off to mobile phone operators for 3G and 4G.

See: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/10/changes-tdt-spanish-digital-television-changes-tv-spain/

The deadline for his change over was the 31st De3cember 2014.

However, The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry to delay the switch off until March 31st 2015

For most people, the changes to Spanish TV will simply mean performing a rescan for channels on their set top box or TV

However, those in apartment blocks or communities will have to wait until their “signal head end” is adapted to the new frequencies.

This new delay is due to the fact that by October 2014 less than 10%, and estimates for December 2014 say less than 50%, of buildings in Spain have been adapted for the new Spanish TV frequencies.

Spanish TV channels will continue to be “simulacast” on both old and new frequencies until the new deadline.

 


Dec 142014
 

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mediaset for breaching the Law on Audiovisual Communication.

In particular, the broadcaster’s channels Cuatro and Telecinco stand accused of violating the maximum permitted airtime of 12 minutes per hour for advertising and teleshopping.

As this is considered a minor offence, Mediaset faces the prospect of a fine of up to €100,000 for each violation.

Atresmedia and its TV channel La Sexta are also accused of exceeding the transmission time allowed for advertsing and teleshopping messages.

Jul 022014
 

TVE is to close their free-to-air (FTA) sports channel Teledeporte.

This is to help reduce the company’s huge debt.

The company announced the plan immediately after receiving an input of €130 million from the Spanish Government in order to compensate this year’s fall in revenue.

Although Teledeporte will not close totally.

Teledeporte will become an online streaming channel. Most of Teledeportes programming will be integrated into La 2, TVE’s second channel.

May 182014
 

If you have recently lost the Paramount Channel on Spanish TV then this is because it has moved to a new frequency.

A rescan on your TDT TV or TDT set top box, should find the Paramount Channel again.

The Paramount Channel is a free TV channel on Spain digital terrestrial network.

It shows classic movies and series from the Paramount back catalogue.

Many of the programmes and movies are available in English, as well as dubbed Spanish.

May 052014
 

Further to our previous post: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/04/tdt-nive-spanish-tv-channels-close-may-2014/

Spain’s broadcasters have switched off the signal of nine DTT channels, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling that set a May 6 deadline to close down the stations.

Atresmedia has closed down three channels, Xplora, Nitro and La Sexta 3; Mediaset, two, La Siete and Nueve; Veo TV and Net TV, two each.

The move has reduced the Spanish DTT market by over a third, from 24 channels to 15.

The situation could worsen should the Supreme Court accept an appeal which argues that eight further DTT channels obtained their licence unlawfully.

The government’s decision to switch off the TV channels in Spain followed a ruling by Spain’s Supreme Tribunal, which said that the last bid for licences in 2010 didn’t follow correct procedure or respect all the rules of competition.

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