|Launched||25 January 1988 (as Canal 10 España)|
25 December 1989 (as Antena 3) (experimental transmissions)
25 January 1990 (official launch)
|Closed||1 September 1988(as Canal 10 España)|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV), 1080i (HDTV), 16:9|
|Audience share||13.4% (2013, )|
|Broadcast area||Spain, Andorra|
|Headquarters||San Sebastián de los Reyes|
|Replaced||Canal 10 España|
Antena 3 HD
|Digital||Mux 69, Mux 45 (Andorra)|
|Dish Network (U.S.)||Channel 839 (International)|
|Vodafone TV||Channel 3|
|Orange TV||Channel 3|
|Verizon FiOS (U.S.)||Channel 1515 (HD; International)|
|Antena 3||Watch live|
Antena 3 is a Spanish terrestrial television channel owned by Atresmedia which also owns Onda Cero, one of Spain's most listened to radio stations. Its current headquarters are located in San Sebastián de los Reyes, near Madrid. Antena 3 is listed as the third channel on television sets throughout Spain, except certain autonomous communities where the autonomous television station occupies channel 3.
It was originally launched on 25 January 1988 as Canal 10 España, but that channel was closed down on 1 September 1988 that same year. Later, the following year, it was replaced by a new channel called Antena 3 which was launched on Christmas Day, 25 December 1989 when it began test transmissions, and then later, it commenced its official broadcasts throughout Spain exactly one month later on 25 January 1990 with a programme fronted by journalist Miguel Ángel Nieto, thus becoming Spain's first nationwide private television station; before this, RTVE had a state monopoly.
Some of the most popular programmes broadcast by Antena 3 include Aquí no hay quien viva, Física o Química, El Barco, Los Protegidos, Los Simpson and El Internado. Some of its programmes, such as Física o Química and Tu cara me suena gained international success and many duplicate programmes were produced worldwide.
Antena 3 dramas and sitcoms in the past and present include Manos a la obra, Canguros, La casa de los líos, Los ladrones van a la oficina, Hermanos de leche, Vecinos, Cañas y barro, Compañeros, Un paso adelante, Policías, Fuego, El pantano, Ada madrina, Dime que me quieres, Lleno por favor, ¿Quién da la vez?, Farmacia de Guardia, Menudo es mi padre, Nada es para siempre, Aquí no hay quien viva, and Los hombres de Paco.
Antena 3 Internacional is another channel owned by Grupo Antena 3, with distribution handled by MVS Comunicaciones. The channel serves the Americas (including the United States, Mexico and Central America) and the Caribbean. Antena 3 Internacional was founded in 1995. The channel retransmits programs from the domestic Antena 3 schedule, along with live news programming, but due to rights issues with others who might hold rights to their shows in the Americas, some programming might air on a delay of several months or only after its original run has been completed.
Antena 3 was fined EUR215,000 by the Court of first instance of Brussels for repeatedly misusing fake photos of a homicide to illustrate what the channel presented as Moroccan police brutality at Gdim Izig (Laayoune) in Western Sahara. The pictures in fact showed bodies of victims of a quadruple homicide in Casablanca. The Rachidi family whose relatives' photos have been "repeatedly misused in bad faith" is still awaiting for "a public apology" from Antena 3.