Quiero Television, the Spanish group which is poised to launch Europe's second digital terrestrial broadcasting operation, has struck its first output deal with a major studio. The outfit, previously known as Onda Digital, is poised to unveil a wide-ranging supply deal with Universal Studios.
The deal, which is arranged through Universal Studios International BV, will enable Quiero to launch a strand of movie programming to be branded Quiero Cine.
The deal is understood to include three elements:
Quiero, which recently raised an additional $67m in equity capital, is 49% owned by transmission network owner Retevision alongside Media Park (15%), Grupo Planeta (10%) and the UK's Carlton (7.5%).
Only the second digital terrestrial network in Europe, after the UK's ONdigital, Quiero TV aims to launch on-air services of at least 14 channels by the second quarter of 2000.