Cuatro is a Spanish commercial television channel, on air since November 2005. Owned by Mediaset España Comunicación, the Spanish subsidiary of the Italian Mediaset group, it is broadcast on the TV frequencies licensed to the previous owner Sogecable in 1990 and previously used by them for the analogue transmission of its pay-per-view channel Canal+.
In 2006, Cuatro scored a massive coup by striking a deal with the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Spain’s national football teamallowing it to show all of the team’s matches, and it also concluded an agreement with rival channel La Sexta to share the rights to broadcast the games of general interest in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It snatched this licence from TVE, who had held the rights to the national team’s matches for years. In 2008, together with satellite platform Digital+, owned by the same company, Cuatro secured the rights to broadcast the UEFA Euro 2008 championship, scoring the highest ratings in the history of Spanish. The two broadcasters also achieved rights for 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Cuatro currently broadcasts in 16:9 for most of the programs, but in 4:3 for a minority of programming including films and older series. It mostly broadcasts series of advertisements that last more than 15min, put on less than a minute of the actual show and then start again with advertisements.
New frequency Cuatro TV and Cuatro TV HD
Astra 1KR/1L/1M/1N at (19.2° East) : 10906 V 22000 2/3