RTVE preps international pay-TV network


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 01 September 2015

With details to be unveiled later this week at FesTVal, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has confirmed it will launch a complementary international high definition (HD) signal, Star TVE, for pay-TV operators across the Americas.

While TVE Internacional has been broadcasting since 1989 with a varied line-up including news programming, series, magazines, documentaries and sports, Star TVE HD will focus on entertainment. It will include most of TVE's in-house productions as well as its latest series such as Carlos Rey Emperador - which will also be presented during FesTVal as well as third-party content produced in Spain and Latin America.

Star TVE HD has been tested across Latin America since 3 August, distributed through Hispasat, but it will officially launch from 1 October. After a month of being available free-to-air (FTA), the network will be distributed solely through pay-TV operators from November.

Representing a strong financial undertaking for a public channel struggling to meet its budget restrictions each year, the new international channel aims to reinforce RTVE's commitment to the Spanish-speaking community in Latin America and the US, as well contribute to the development of broadcasting technology