Atresmedia saves Xplora through online platform
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 30-04-2014
Thought of as too popular to be lost, the Xplora channel will be moved online following Atresmedia's decision to save it from Spain's DTT mass switch-off and keep broadcasting it through Atresplayer.
From next week, Atresmedia will take Xplora, laSexta 3 and Nitro off traditional TV screens. But the media company believes that Xplora warrants a slot away from free-to-air TV and will try to keep all its shows on air through its Web platform.
Via Atresplayer, all the content is available on-demand and is available across several screens. In addition to computers, Atresmedia has apps for iOS, Android and Windows tablets and smartphones, and Samsung Smart TVs.
Following a decision by the Spanish Government, nine signals need to be closed down before 6 May in a move which has upset both the media industry and viewers. The move follows a ruling by Spain's Supreme Tribunal which said that the latest bid for licences in 2010 didn't follow the correct procedure or rules of competition.
In an initiative promoted by the website Vertele through Change.org, nearly 130,000 signatures have been collected against the channel blackouts.