Spain, fourth in terms of TV formats

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Spain, fourth in terms of TV formats

Los misterios de Laura, one of the most successful TV series in the history of the Spanish TV industry.
Los misterios de Laura, one of the most successful TV series in the history of the Spanish TV industry.

Televisión Abierta, a platform made by the leading digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels in Spain, disclosed a report showing the strength of the TV industry in our country.

According to this report, by the professional services firm Deloitte, Spain stands fourth worldwide and second in Europe in television format exports. In 2016, our country sold 36 series in international markets, sales totalling 102 million euro. The most renowned include Velvet, Pulseras Rojas (The Red Band Society), Los misterios de Laura (The Mysteries of Laura) and Cuéntame cómo pasó.

In the report, Spain comes after the UK (79 series exports), USA (72) and Argentina (52). Spanish series are a powerful tool to disseminate Spanish culture around the world and thus an asset for our country brand.

The 516 over-the-air television networks existing in Spain (26 national, 41 regional and 449 local channels) account for 63% of the business volume in our TV industry. In 2015, this industry contributed more than 5585 million euro to the Spanish economy – 6.9% of the national GDP.

5.2% jobs in Spain

Moreover, the TV industry accounts for 5.2% employment in Spain. At the regional level, free-to-view TV stations offer 80% of the jobs available in the sector.

Finally, the Deloitte report highlights the fact that 75% of over-the-air TV shows in Spain are accessible to viewers with hearing impairments and to the visually impaired through audio description.