The standards for television reception in Spain aren't the same as in some other countries. Due to the differences in transmission standards, television sets and video recorders operating on the British (PAL-I), French (SECAM) or North American (NTSC) systems won't function in Spain. Spain (along with most other continental European countries) uses the PAL-BG standard.
There is no TV licence in Spain.
Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE) is the national state-owned television broadcaster in Spain. Its activities were earlier financed by a combination of advertising revenue and subventions from the national government. However, since January 2010 it has been supported only by public subsidies. RTE has responsibilities to deliver public service programmes in Spain.
In the rest of the channels broadcasted, adverts are very frequents, sometimes doubling the length of the film or program content.
There are several Tv channels in Spain. Between the most important, we can highlight:
If you wish to have access to a wider range of programs, you can subscribe to a monthly cable service. Most of the properties are already wired for cable service, but you can also set-up a connection when you subscribe for service as well. Average price is around 300€ a year.
The Cable system main providers are:
A satellite receiver should have a built-in Videocrypt decoder (and others such as Eurocrypt, if required) and be capable of receiving satellite stereo radio. With a 1.2 or 1.5 meter motorized dish, you can receive hundreds of stations in a multitude of languages from around the world. If you wish to receive satellite TV on two or more TVs, you can buy a satellite system with two or more receptors. To receive stations from two or more satellites simultaneously, you need a motorized dish or a dish with a double feed antenna (dual LNBs).
The Satellite system main providers are:
Internet is available in all populated areas of Spain, although it might be less available in rural areas.
The maximum speed that you can reach in Spain is 60Mbps (4G). However, offers for higher speed are dependent on the quality of the line, such as length of the wire, attenuation, and noise.
The majority of providers offer service packages that include a phone line and interactive TV in addition to an Internet connection. The speed and price of the Internet connection depends on the infrastructure available at your address. Commonly the price of a router is included in the contract, however you can choose to buy your own.
Services and prices vary from provider to provider. The main Spanish broadband providers are:
WiFi is being offered around the city for free and it is available 24/7 at various hotspots. Grupo Gowex, in collaboration with Madrid government, offers wi-fi connexion in some newspaper kiosks (kioscos de prensa), municipal buses, shops and cafés, etc.
Moreover, the connection on the buses is totally free, as are many of the other hotspots, although with a limited bandwidth.
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