News & Media - Television

Live TV coverage of sporting events in Andalucia. © Michelle Chaplow

Live TV coverage of sporting events in Andalucia.

Television

The Spanish are avid TV watchers (after the Americans and Brits, that is). Most TV's receive between five and six terrestrial channels. These are:

TV1 - The state run flagship Television Española.

TV2 - The state run second Television Española.

Antena 3 - Independent National Station.

Tele 5 - Independent National Station

Canal Sur - Popular Regional Channel run by the Regional Government of Andalucia.

Andalucia 2 - Minority Regional Channel run by the Regional Government of Andalucia.

Canal Plus - Subscription channel featuring Sport and Films. You can subscribe by purchasing a decoder at a supermarket.

The majority of programming is aired 24-hours. Apart from news (of which there's a respectable amount) programming consists largely of game and talk shows, sport, soap operas and English language films dubbed into Spanish.

Canal Plus Digital - Digital Satellite TV is popular too, mainly in private homes, though some bars, cafes and hotels have it too.

 

Satellite TV

As anywhere there are numerous Foreign satellite channels you may watch with the right equipment. By far the most popular are Sky Packages. These can be received without problem in southern Spain with a 80 cm dish. BBC1 BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, CNN, Sky News, BBC24 are free to air. To watch any more you will need to subscribe to one of the Sky Packages. This can be easily done with the help of one of the Satellite TV installation companies.

 


Local Television Each town has its own local television station financed by the town hall. The programming is basic and propaganda-ish but is a good way of keeping up to date with local news and events.

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