Venezuela launches army DTT channel

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 30-12-2013

Venezuela has officially launched a 24/7 free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) channel focusing purely on army content.

The signal, TVFANB, is broadcast through a network which is already received by over half the population and is the first channel in the Government's project to create new public channels to fill DTT's schedule.

TVFANB's broadcasting centre is based in Mirand and is fully equipped with HD technology. The channel is also connected to Simón Bolívar's satellite. The project has received an investment of $8 million.

The channel broadcasts shows about daily life in the Venezuelan army and its activities in the country. In addition, the channel has signed a deal with Venezolana de Televisión and Telesur to broadcast their news programmes. The channel is the first new one to launch on Venezuela's DTT network, which covers 53% of the country and which, according to President Nicolás Maduro, will cover 90% in 2014.

The Government's project aims to diversify the current TV offer with public and communal signals and intends to increase the offer to 200 channels. The next channels to be aired will be TVZoon, targeting younger audiences, to be launched on 12 February, and TV Comunas.