MTV Live HD leaves Canal+

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 28-12-2013

Spain's Canal+ has stopped broadcasting MTV Live HD after four years on air, citing alleged technical problems with the satellite signal. It has also removed all information relating to the channel from its website, although it hasn't ruled out a comeback for the channel.

MTV Live HD is distributed by Viacom through the Astra satellite and is still broadcast by other pay-TV platforms in Spain such as ONO. Since 2011, the channel has replaced MTVN HD, which had been on air since 2008.

It was the only music channel on Canal+'s basic package, although the classical music channel Mezzo Live HD is available in its premium packages.

MTV's operations in Spain are going through times of change. Although not confirmed by Viacom, Prisa's radio Cadena SER also published a few weeks ago that the DTT channel of MTV was going to leave Spain's free-to-air schedule. The forthcoming restructuring of the digital spectrum is making the big broadcasters redraw their strategies in Spain.