Spanish broadcasters team up for new OTT TV platform

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and commercial broadcasters Atresmedia and Mediaset plan to launch a joint OTT TV platform that could see them compete with the likes of Netflix, Movistar+, HBO and Sky in the Spanish market. The three broadcasters initially plan to launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV standard, that would complement […]

RTVE launches youth-focused interactive online TV service

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has launched a new online video service targeted at a young audience featuring original and interactive content. The new service, Playz, is designed to create an open space for young Spanish content creators to target a new audience, according to the pubcaster. Playz kicked off at the weekend by streaming the […]

RTVE plans DVB-T2 multiplex for 4K UHD

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE plans to develop a DVB-T2 multiplex for 4K UHD content, building on an existing experimental mux to cover 80% of the country’s population from 2020. Pere Vila, director of innovation, technology and systems, RTVE, speaking at the MIPCOM event in Cannes, said that RTVE is operating an experimental DVB-T2 multiplex in […]

RTVE budget to hit €1bn

Spanish pubcaster RTVE will see its budget hit €1 billion (US$1.2 billion) next year. The broadcaster has a 2017 budget of around €972 million, but this will increase due to new taxes. Recent media law changes mean pay TV operators such as Telefonica and RTVE’s free-to-air rivals must pay directly into the pubcaster pot. RTVE […]

RTVE, Hispasat plan Spain’s first live 4K HDR broadcast

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and satellite operator Hispasat plan to make Spain’s first live TV broadcast using 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology this week. RTVE and Hispasat will collaborate to broadcast the Solemn Changing of the Royal Guard from the Royal Palace in Madrid on 5 July at 12:00pm. Viewers with 4K HDR TV […]

RTVE appoints new TV chief

Spain’s pubcaster, RTVE, has named the head of its Catalonia division has its overall television director. Eladio Jareño (pictured) will succeed José Ramón Díez, who resigned from the post on February 25. Jareño has twice led RTVE Catalonia, once between 2003 and 2004, and then again starting 2014. He has also ran RTVE’s children’s and […]

RTVE reduces losses to €33.6m

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has posted a 2015 loss of €33.6 million (US$37.5 million), though this represents a deficit 70% reduction compared with the previous year. The losses, attributed to the level of contributions from the telecoms and television sectors, were €40 million lower than expected, meaning the broadcaster kept within its budget for the […]

Return of RTVE advertising would hit commercial broadcasters, says bank

A report by Spain’s CaixaBank has found that a move by the Spanish government to bring advertising back to public broadcaster RTVE could cost commercial broadcasters Atresmedia and Mediaset up to €185 million a year. The CaixaBank calculation is based on a return to the status quo ante of 2009, when RTVE lost its rights […]

Chairman of Spain’s RTVE steps down

RTVE chairman Leopoldo Gonzalez-Echenique has resigned. José Manuel Penalosa, a board member at RTVE, will step into the role at the helm of the pubcaster as acting president with Echenique’s exit taking effect immediately. Echenique has headed the RTVE since mid-2012. In a note to staff at the Spanish pubcaster he said he was leaving […]

RTVE appoints North American distributor

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has appointed Atlanta-based Castalia Communications Corp. to become its channels and programming distributor in North America. Under terms of the deal, Castalia will offer operators access to channels such as general purpose net TVE Internactional and news net 24 Horas. The agreement covers the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. “With a […]