Quiero Television

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Quiero Television SA, commonly known as Quiero TV (Spanish for "I-Want TV"), was a pay television service over digital terrestrial television (TDT) in Spain in the early years of the digital television transition. It launched in 2000,[1]

Ownership stakes in Quiero TV

Quiero TV received its digital television license in 1999, and operated from 2000 to 2002, with 14 channels, at a time when the only other digital terrestrial channels were TVE 1 and La 2, the two main channels of Spain's public broadcaster.[1] Quiero TV was 49% owned by Auna/Retevisión;[2] other investors included Planeta of Spain, Carlton Communications of the UK, and the MediaPark investment firm of Catalonia.[3]

Having to compete aggressively with satellite and cable for the pay TV market, Quiero TV provided set-top boxes and antenna servicing to subscribers. Expenses ended up being far higher than planned. By early 2001, Quiero had 200,000 subscribers, but afterwards, customer counts decreased.[1] Losing 24 million euros a month, and failing to find anyone to buy the company, it shut down in April 2002, having lost around 600 million euros total.[3] Another Carlton pay television service, ITV Digital in the United Kingdom, also shut down a month later.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Suárez Candel, Roberto. "DTV in Spain". In Van den Broeck, Wendy; Pierson, Jo. Digital Television in Europe. Brusels: VUBpress. pp. 199–200. ISBN 9789054875413. 
  2. ^ "Quiero TV may be shut down, says Auna CFO". telecompaper (Houten: Telecom.paper BV). 8 April 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Quiero DTT service falls under debt burden.(digital terrestrial television company shuts down)". Screen Digest. April 1, 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-09.