Television in Alduria-Wechua
Television in Alduria-Wechua has its roots in the individual television networks that the Republic of Alduria and the Wechua Nation already had leading up to their Federation in 1685 AN. Television is one of the major mass media in the Federation.
In Alduria, the television networks there began first as a public service free of advertising with the formation of the National Aldurian Broadcasting Corporation. In the Wechua Nation, television had a remarkably similar start, noting its heavy influences from Caputian television and cinema on their programming and setup.
As of 1686 AN, household ownership of television sets in the entire Federation sits at 81%. 42% of households own more than one TV set. The construction of TV sets is an important part of Aldurian manufacturing, along with a wide variety of consumer goods. A big part of the internal cultural consumption comes from national television broadcast networks, internet-based streaming networks, and from a myriad of many smaller, specialized regional or other local networks.
Currently, the Federation has a wide array of free-to-air, free-to-view, and subscription services over a variety of distribution media. This includes over 500 television channels for consumers within its borders, as well as higher demand for on-demand viewing and streaming services (particularly in Alduria). Some TV networks that broadcast in the Federation are counted among the largest and most distributed in the world, largely thanks to the reach given by the Federation’s membership in the Raspur Pact. Great credit is also given to its spread by the Alexandrian diaspora around the world, particularly in Natopia, Constancia, and Ransenar.
There are sixteen main channel owners who are responsible for most of the material viewed and produced for national television in the Federation. There are 40,000 hours of domestic content produced each year, at a cost of WAE€3.8 billion.
All television broadcasts in the Federation are in a digital format. Analog transmissions ended in Alduria in 1680 AN as part of an aggressive communications development program pursued by the Seydlitz-Velez administration. The Wechua Nation did the same more recently, in 1684 AN. Digital content is delivered via terrestrial, satellite, and cable, as well as over the internet. In Alduria-Wechua, the term "terrestrial" is generally considered broadcast, while satellite, cable and internet are considered APTV (alternate protocol television).
Broadcast television providers
|Provider||Logo||Years||Free or pay-to-view||No. broadcast channels||Households||Video on demand||Notes|
|National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)||1685 AN–||Free||50+ (TV)
|19,200,000||The NBC is Alduria-Wechua's largest free broadcast TV network. It was created by the merger of the publicly-owned Aldurian NABC, the publicly-owned Wechua National Network (WNN), and two private broadcast companies in 1685 AN. The federal government directed the privatization of both public networks in order to help fund the rapid development of the country and its communications infrastructure.|
|Central Broadcasting Company (CBC)||1685 AN–||Broadcast: Free
|Unknown||The CBC is the nation's second largest broadcast TV network. It is owned by ESB Media. It is a hybrid free and pay per view service.|
|AlexTV||1674 AN–||Broadcast: Free
|Unknown||AlexTV is the most popular network among the Alexandrian and Caputian diasporas in the country. The network carries many channels and shows that were aired in Alexandria and Caputia, including many of the legacy films of Caputian cinema. It is a hybrid free and pay per view service.|
|WechuNET (WNET)||1678 AN–||Broadcast: Free
|Unknown||The most popular and prominent network among the Wechua. It offers most of its programming exclusively in Wechu. It is a hybrid free and pay per view service.|
|Provider||Logo||Years||Cost||No. broadcast channels||Subscribers||Video on demand||Notes|
|Interflix||1684 AN–||Monthly charge for all-access subscription, with ads. Premium fee for advertisement-free TV.||3 streaming channels:
|9,870,000||Interflix is the largest and most popular internet streaming service in the country. In 1687 AN, Interflix entered into a deal to feature programming from NBC after the same bought a 23% stake in the nascent streaming service.|