Spanish television steps into digital age
30 November 2005, MADRID – Spain went digital on Wednesday, launching 18 new national channels and promising more to follow.
30 November 2005
MADRID – Spain went digital on Wednesday, launching 18 new national channels and promising more to follow.
Viewers can watch Digital Terrestrial Television (TDT) for free if they have a TV containing an internal digital decoder. If not, a digital box can be bought for between EUR 60-EUR 130.
The new channels can be picked up simply by a few changes to the antenna.
At present, on old-style analogue television, there are only three national channels, state-run TVE, Antena 3, and Telecinco.
The digital plan is designed to allow companies to start more cable television channels, although critics claim it will actually make it easier for more conventional channels.
Many countries, such as Britain, have already introduced digital technology which is considered to be superior.
Under the digital law approved by the government earlier this year, TVE will run five digital channels; Antena 3, Telecinco and Sogecable three each; the new analogue company La Sexta will have two, which will start within the next six months; and two newcomers Net TV and El Mundo-run Veo TV will have two each.
According to the plans of TDT, the new channels should offer new and innovative programmes, which are different to their analogue equivalents.
Spain intends to switch off analogue TV on 3 April 2010.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news