Canal+ (Spanish TV channel)
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Canal+ was a Spanish commercial television channel launched in September 1990 on terrestrial television frequencies. The channel was operated by Telefónica and was available on the digital satellite television and IPTV platform Movistar+.
|Headquarters||Tres Cantos, Spain|
|Picture format||576p25 (SDTV 16:9)|
PRISA TV (1990-2015)
|Sister channels||Canal+ Liga, Canal+ Liga Multi, Canal+ Liga de Campeones, Canal+ Fútbol, Canal+ Deportes, Canal+ Deportes 2 HD, Canal+ Golf, Sportmanía, Canal+ Acción, Canal+ Comedia, Canal+ DCine Canal+ Xtra, Canal+ Toros, Canal+ 3D, Canal+ Yomvi, 40 TV|
|Launched||8 June 1990 (trial transmissions)|
14 September 1990 (regular programming)
|Closed||1 February 2016|
In 1997, new channels using the Canal+ brand were launched in Spain. Just as on the other markets where Canal+ was present, the channels were named after colours: Canal+ Rojo (Canal+ Red) and Canal+ Azul (Canal+ Blue). A special channel broadcasting content in 16:9 aspect ratio was launched later, but it was replaced by a time-shift channel in 2001. In 2003, the colour channels were replaced with the second channel called Canal+ 2 and three movies and sports channels.
In 2005, the Spanish government agreed to a change in the license terms for the channel. The permission to change the channel from a mostly encrypted channel to a 24-hour free-to-air channel was officially given by the council of ministers on 29 July 2005. From November 2005, its analogue terrestrial frequencies were given to Sogecable's new channel named Cuatro ("Four").
A High-definition version of Canal+ (Canal+ HD) was on air. In 2010, it became the first Spanish channel to offer 3D TV through Canal+ 3D.
On 8 July 2015, cable providers stopped carrying the channel.