Nat’l Geo hits Spain

Bows May 1 on Canal Satelite Digital

CANNES — National Geographic Channels Intl. (NGCI) will launch a National Geographic Channel May 1 on Spanish digital platform Canal Satelite Digital, owned by film/TV conglom Sogecable.

Move continues one of the fastest international rollouts in television history. Web bowed in Portugal in February and has just begun broadcasting in Argentina on cable MSO Cablevision’s Channel 42.

According to John O’Loan, NGCI managing director, Europe, the company is in talks with “operators in France and Germany” to launch in those territories.

News of the Spanish venture comes as NGCI inks major programming deals and series acquisitions with Hit Entertainment, Natural History New Zealand and the U.K.’s Channel 4.

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