Televisão Independente

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This article is about the Portuguese television channel. For other networks known as "Independent Television", see Independent Television.
Televisão Independente
Televisão Independente current logo.png
Launched 20 February 1993; 22 years ago (1993-02-20)
Owned by Media Capital ( PRISA )
Picture format Resolution:
576i (PAL)
Aspect Ratio:
Audience share 23.0% (Week 9 '15, [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 Internacional
TVI África
Digital Channel 4
NOS Channel 4
MEO Channel 4
NOS Channel 4
Cabovisão Channel 4
MEO Channel 4
Vodafone Channel 4

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


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 '3' was the sole element in its logo, TVI was initially owned by some prominent Catholic Church institutions, including Rádio Renascença, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Editorial Verbo and União das Misericórdias; Antena 3 Televisión (which consisted ofLa Vanguardia, ABC-Prensa Española, Manuel Martín Ferrand (4,3%), Rafael and Manuel Jiménez de Parga, Europa Press and Grupo Zeta), Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion, (CLR, under Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, now 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. Broadcasts were initially experimental, before upgrading to regular status in October the same year.

During this period, TVI was known for its American series and movies, including X-Files and Baywatch, and most notably 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.

Like public service broadcaster RTP and unlike 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.


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] As of 2015, TVI no longer censors homossexual scenes and has become an important symbol of it in Portugal.

TVI had still broadcast in 4:3 as of 2015, even though, on its early days, it received European funds to promote and broadcast in 16:9 PAL-plus.[4][5] However, the network's board of directors announced in September 2015 that its channels will move to the widescreen format, starting with the premiere of Santa Bárbara in September 28 [6] and finalizing the move on October 3, one day before the general elections. However, with the change, the network was criticized for airing some older programs stretched to 16:9 and for not using its news package in the format, opting for stretch it from 4:3 and applying zoom to the openings.

Some viewers criticized the channel as it broadcasts US television series after midnight. TVI's prime time is reserved for in-house programming, mainly soap operas, viewer-participation quizzes and reality shows, in a similar manner to its direct competitor SIC.



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
06:30 Diário da Manhã (Morning Diary) - breakfast news show 06:30 Kid Kanal - children's programming
10:15 Você na TV (You on TV) - talk show 08:30 Portuguese TV series - children's programming Portuguese TV series - children's programming
09:45 Querido, Mudei a Casa! (Honey, I changed our house!) - reality TV series
10:30 Missa - religious programming
12:30 Câmara Exclusiva (Exclusive Camera) - entertainment
13:00 Jornal da Uma (News at One) - afternoon newscast
14:30 Mundo Meu (World of Mine) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) - reairing 14:00 Chicago Fire - U.S. TV series Somos Portugal (We're Portugal) - entertainment
16:00 A Tarde é Sua (The Afternoon is Yours) - talk show 16:00 U.S. Movies
19:15 A Quinta: Diário (The Farm) - reality-show 18:15 A Quinta: Fim de semana (The Farm) - reality-show
20:00 Jornal das 8 (News at Eight) - TVI's flagship newscast
21:30 A Única Mulher (The Only Woman) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) A Quinta: Gala (The Farm) - reality-show
22:30 Santa Bárbara (Saint Barbara) - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) 22:30 A Quinta: Diário (The Farm) - reality-show
00:00 A Quinta: Extra (The Farm) - reality-show 23:30 various U.S. TV series / movies
01:00 various U.S. TV series / movies / teleshopping 01:00 TV Shop - infomercials
05:00 TV Shop - infomercials


Soap operas currently airing[edit]

Previous soap operas[edit]


TVI cameraman
  • 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
  • Somos Portugal - We're Portugal



Series currently airing[edit]

Previous series[edit]


Movies from the following studios/distributors:

Former broadcasting rights[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.
  • EuroMillions - the lottery draw that gives its name to the show, is broadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays after News at Eight.


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