Fox International Entertainment will next week launch its first stand-alone pay-TV channel in Europe, when it unveils the Fox channel in Spain.

The new channel will broadcast 24 hours a day on the basic tier of digital satellite platform Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) and an array of local cable networks from June 1.

It is a generalist entertainment channel targeting young adults in the 18-34 age range and will draw on 20th Century Fox film and TV libraries. Highlights include re-runs of all the original chapters of series including The X Files, The Simpsons, LA Law, NYPD Blue and Chicago Hope.

CSD already broadcasts Fox Kids, a local children's channel co-produced by Fox and Spanish outfit Compania Independiente de Television, SL (CITSL), while other Fox operations in Spain include Fox News Channel and National Geographic Channel. CSD also has a feature film output deal with 20th Century Fox to feed its film channels.

The company now has operations in 21 countries.