Canal+ is a Spanish satellite broadcasting company. It was known as Digital+ until October the 17th, 2011.
Formed on July 23, 2003 as a result of the equal merger of Via Digital (owned by Telefónica) and Canal Satélite Digital (owned by Sociedad de Television Canal Plus, S.A.), Digital+ is the largest pay-TV broadcaster in Spain.
The company itself is a subdivision of PRISA TV with shares held by Mediaset Espana and Telefonica. In October 2011 Digital+ changed its name to Canal+.
Canal+ offers its services through Astra satellites (at 19.2° east) and Hispasat (30° west).
Canal+ is a supporter of the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative (a consortium of broadcasting and Internet industry companies including SES, OpenTV and Institut für Rundfunktechnik) that is promoting and establishing an open European standard for hybrid set-top boxes for the reception of broadcast TV and broadband multimedia applications with a single user interface, and has run pilot HbbTV services in Spain.
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