Televisão Independente

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Televisão Independente
Televisão Independente current logo.png
Launched 20 February 1993; 21 years ago (1993-02-20)
Owned by Media Capital ( PRISA )
Picture format Resolution:
576i (PAL)
Aspect Ratio:
4:3
Audience share 23.2% (Week 10 '14, [1])
Slogan "Juntos, criamos a sua televisão." ("Together, we create your television.")
Country Portugal
Broadcast area Portugal
Headquarters Queluz de Baixo (Oeiras)
Formerly called 4 (1993-1995)
Sister channel(s) TVI 24
TVI Ficção
+TVI
Website www.tvi.pt
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital Channel 4
Satellite
NOS Channel 4
MEO Channel 4
Cable
NOS Channel 4
Cabovisão Channel 4
IPTV
MEO Channel 4
Vodafone Channel 4

Televisão Independente (TVI) ("Independent Television") is Portugal's fourth terrestrial television channel, launched in 1993. It has been leading audience ratings since 2005.[1] It competes directly with SIC and RTP1.

History[edit]

TVI was the second private Portuguese TV channel to be launched, SIC having been launched five months before, and the fourth channel in all. Already under the name TVI, but marketed as 4, in which the '4' was the sole element in its logo, TVI was initially owned by some prominent Catholic Church institutions, including Rádio Renascença, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and União das Misericórdias; Antena 3 Televisión, RTL Group, Sonae, SBS Broadcasting Group, ITV contractor Yorkshire Television and many other media enterprises were minor stakeholders of TVI. This majority-Catholic ownership pushed TVI's programming in the direction of Christian values. In the first years of its existence, TVI assumed the role of an 'alternative' television broadcaster, dedicating segments of its airtime to distinct target audiences, with part of the morning dedicated to housewives and the elderly and part of the afternoon to the young.

During this period, TVI was known for its American series and movies, including X-Files and Baywatch, and the Spanish show El gran juego de la oca (translated as O Jogo do Ganso) imported from Antena 3. TVI also brought in some prominent names in Portuguese television, including Manuel Luís Goucha and Artur Albarran, but the viewing figures had were always lower than expected and it entered into deep financial crisis.

TVI's recovery happened when it was totally acquired by Media Capital in 1999, one of the most important media conglomerates in Portugal, whereupon it started broadcasting more Portuguese-produced programs, including soap operas. This helped to increase its audience significantly, but it was in September 2000, when Big Brother started, that the channel gained a boost in popularity.

Now the most watched station in the country, TVI is known for having a large number of national reality shows and soap operas. It broadcasts a mix of local productions, such as soap operas, family series and reality shows, news programs and international movies and series (mostly American). It is currently owned by Media Capital, which is owned by Grupo Prisa. Until February 2007, Media Capital was co-owned by RTL Group and Grupo Prisa. The station works with Media Capital-owned production company Plural Entertainment to produce its national fictional content.

Unlike public service broadcaster RTP and commercial rival SIC, which have always shown foreign programs in the original language with subtitles, TVI tried, unsuccessfully, to dub foreign programs into Portuguese after achieving marginal success with Latin American Spanish-language soap operas dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese. Experiments of dubbing included the US series Dawson's Creek and other shows directed at younger audiences.

Criticism[edit]

TVI is much criticized as it broadcasts US television series such as House, The 4400, Nip/Tuck, NUMB3RS, The Shield and The Office after midnight. TVI's prime time is reserved for in-house programming, mainly soap operas, viewer-participation quizzes and reality shows.

In July 2010, TVI censored a kiss between two male characters on the youth TV series Morangos com Açúcar, due to pressure by a fundamentalist far-right organization, "National Resistance".[2] This cut has led to a major outcry, and has been widely perceived as an occurrence of homophobia. At least 10 civil society organizations called for the reinstatement of the cut scene.[3]

TVI still broadcasts in 4:3 as of May 2014, even though, on its early days, it received European funds to promote and broadcast in 16:9 PAL-plus.[4][5]

Programs[edit]

Regular[edit]

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
06.30 Diário da Manhã (Morning Diary) - breakfast news show
10.15 Você na TV (You on TV) - talk show
13.00 Jornal da Uma (News at One) - afternoon newscast
14.30 A Outra (The Other) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) - reairing
16.00 A Tarde é Sua (The Afternoon is Yours) - talk show
18.15 Feitiço de Amor (Love Spell) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) - reairing
20.00 Jornal das 8 (News at Eight) - TVI's flagship newscast
21.45 O Beijo do Escorpião (Scorpion's Kiss) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera)
23.00 Belmonte - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera)
23.45 Mulheres (Women) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera)
00.45 various U.S. TV series / movies
05.00 TV Shop - infomercials

National[edit]

Current soap operas[edit]

International[edit]

Series[edit]

TVI cameraman

Movies[edit]

News[edit]

  • Diário da Manhã (Morning Daily)
  • Jornal da Uma (News at One)
  • Jornal das 8 (News at Eight)

Reality shows[edit]

Talk shows[edit]

  • A Tarde é Sua (The Afternoon is Yours)
  • Você na TV (You, on TV)

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Sunday Eucharist and 8° Dia (8th Day) - Sunday Christian Catholic mass and religious show broadcast on Sundays, before the lunchtime news block.
  • Cartaz das Artes (Arts' Poster) - weekly cultural agenda show, displayed in the first hours of Friday, hosted by João Paulo Sacadura.
  • deLUXe - weekly gossip and glamor magazine, exhibited Sunday morning at more and less 11:30 a. m., hosted by Rita Seguro.
  • EuroMillions - the draw of the lottery that gives the name to the show, broadcast on Fridays after the 8:00 p. m. news, presented by Marisa Cruz.

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