Advanced Television


RTVE’s debt to reach €588m

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE will see its debt grow by 61.5 per cent in 2022 to €588 million, according to the government’s general budget. RTVE’s annual budget will be cut by 6.3 per cent, with the Administration providing €443 million as state subsidies, down €30 million. RTVE’s total  budget will amount to around €1 billion, […]

October 19, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Arrested Industries and Merzigo announce first major deal

The strategic partnership recently established between Arrested Industries and Merzigo is pleased to announce that it has concluded its first major deal, acquiring close to 3000 hours from Spanish broadcaster RTVE. This collaboration between content development, financing, and distribution business Arrested Industries (fka Fugitive) and Merzigo, the rapidly growing, five-year-old international technology business, is headed […]

September 13, 2021

Report: ⅔ European sports fans reliant on FTA TV

A report by Ampere Analysis has found that, while in the last decade, pay-TV’s share of sports rights – by value – has grown by 20 per cent in Western Europe, only one in three sport fans has access to premium sport channels. Free-to-air channels reach over 800 million Europeans, leading to increased engagement in […]

September 1, 2021By Colin Mann

Spanish Court rejects RTVE tax refund to telcos

The Spanish Court, Audiencia Nacional, has rejected appeals from Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange against the RTVE tax refusing to return the €1.6 billion paid by them since 2010. The refusal is a new setback to the operators which also saw their appeals rejected by the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice. The operators […]

August 2, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

LAGUNA OCTAL solution chosen to receive the signal for Olympics

Sapec’s versatile LAGUNA solution has once more been selected for a project of great relevance within Sports Broadcast. This time is the OCTAL model, which will meet the requirements established by the Spanish public broadcaster of receiving the signals from the Japanese capital and must be simultaneously encoded and distributed. For simultaneous processing of these […]

July 28, 2021

European PSB news-sharing initiative

Ten public service broadcasters (PSBs) are set to change the way in which Europeans consume news by using online tools to overcome language barriers and share diverse content from across the continent. Led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the broadcasters are launching ‘A European Perspective’, a collaborative news service that enables audiences to access […]

July 1, 2021By Colin Mann

Spain: Now streamers must pay for RTVE

Spain is set to eliminate the 0.9 per cent tax on telco revenues and pass the burden to finance RTVE onto global streaming players such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon. The Spanish government is revising the Audio Visual Law and is set to exempt Spanish telcos from financing the public broadcaster with around €128 million […]

June 14, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

RTVE leads tax lobby against global streamers

Spain’s pubcaster RTVE is trying to invigorate a lobby group of European public TV stations to pressurise global streaming platforms to pay taxes in the countries where they operate. The president of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, will meet this week with his counterparts in Germany, France and Italy to agree to lobby through the […]

June 3, 2021From David del Valle in Madrid

Spain to reduce RTVE tax on telcos

In a move to boost 5G, the Spanish government is set reduce the RTVE tax that telco operators pay annually, and will cut the initial pricing set in the 5G public auction to take place later this month (or June latest). The deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, laid out these measures […]

May 10, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

RTVE hit with record fine for covert advertising

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE will have to pay a €730,000 fine for covert advertising following the Supreme Court rejecting its appeal. The regulatory body CNMC imposed the record fine two years ago on the grounds that RTVE had carried out campaigns breaking the legislation that bans the public broadcaster from advertising, except for cultural sponsorships. […]

March 26, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid