List of Best Sites to Watch Spanish-Language TV Online (most are free to use)
Yes, one of the many advantages that most Latin American TV shows have over English-language ones is that the hosts are often female, and if they are female, they are always hot–news anchor, host of a silly reality/game show, weather-chick, whatever. Why deny that it works? It does, and I say if it works, use it!
Ok, well today that’s not really what we’re here to talk about (but sexy weather-chick on the left there got your attention, didn’t she? See? It does work!). Today I’m going to give you a list of my favorite websites that you can use to help you learn Spanish via watching Spanish-language TV (news, shows, telenovelas, whatever). Only criteria is that they must be free, I’m not going to recommend anything you have to pay for (it’s just too easy to find free stuff and therefore no one’s going to be willing to pay for it–hey, I wouldn’t, I don’t blame you). I’ve divided it up alphabetically by country. Here we go…oh, and if any of these links are dead or you know of a site that I left off please leave a comment and let me know, I’ll fix it, I promise–which reminds me, I just want you to know that I actually checked each one of the sites below to make sure that they were working and actually had streaming video available, unlike every other list of Spanish language TV/radio station sites I’ve managed to find online (all of them had links to broken sites, all of them).
Edit (September 4, 2014): Best website for Spanish-learners who want to use Spanish-language TV shows, movies, and cartoons to learn Spanish from:
If this is you, definitely check out Yabla – this is a fantastic website and my top recommendation if you’re looking for Spanish-language videos for the purpose of learning Spanish. I emphasize the last part because that’s specifically and solely what this website is designed for and it’s the only one on this list (or in existence, that I’m aware of) that is solely intended for that purpose. It’s also the only one on this list that costs money, just so we’re clear (it’s cheap, but it’s not free, no). What they do is take Spanish-language media that was originally produced in Spanish-speaking countries and intended for native speakers (TV shows, cartoons, documentaries, etc.) and then integrate them into a whole Spanish-learning interface they have that allows you to see word-for-word Spanish subtitles and their English translation at the same time (you can turn either or both off while watching the video) as well as a dictionary, vocabulary learning game, and flashcard system that’s very easy to use and all on the same page as the video you’re watching. I did a whole extensive review of Yabla here that I recommend you check out if this sounds like something that might interest you, plus you can just go on over to their site and try out the free demo videos. Oh, and they do provide volume discounts for educators and organizations.
Edit (March 13, 2013): Only U.S.-legal, completely free website to watch telenovelas online (and they all have English subtitles):
Check out Drama Fever, in fact that page I just linked to specifically caters to language-learners (they did this after finding that so many of their visitors were actually people trying to learn the language that their shows were in as opposed to native speakers). They have several full-length series on there which include all of the full-length episodes, every one of which has English subtitles and is completely free.
Edit (March 16, 2012): Big News! By far the best site to watch Spanish-language TV online (and yes, it’s free)
Hulu just launched a Spanish-only version of their site called Hulu Latino that contains only Spanish-language programming (news, reality shows, game shows, late night stuff, comedy, drama, etc.), all available to view for free! Very cool, love how high-quality it is and how quickly everything streams, check it out here: Hulu Latino.
A quick note before we get to the list: if you’re interested in using Spanish-language media, such as the TV shows and channels below, to learn Spanish…
I have a short post and video (that are free to read and view of course, won’t cost you more than a few minutes of your time) on how to do precisely that with the system that I put together which allowed me to become fluent in Spanish in just 6 months after years of trial-and-error that I think you might like to read (the following link should open in a new tab or window for you when you click it so I’m not asking you to leave this list here), check it out by clicking the link below:
I also include some quick and valuable tips for learning Spanish as well as a couple of the most useful free Spanish-learning websites that I recommend.
Canal 5 Tucuman (a little disorganized but there are tons of videos on there you can watch)
Canal 6 TV (good one, lots of videos of recent news events)
Canal 26 (scroll down to “videos destacados”)
CMTV (Music videos, TONS of stuff on here)
Teleruba (click on “Teleruba Live!” in the menu bar at the top)
Costas (look under “videos noticias” in the middle of the page there)
Canal 54 LivTV (click “Ver Señal Online” and it should load up a streaming video player)
Canal CNC (dear god that is the ugliest website I’ve ever seen before in my life!)
Cubavision Internacional (links to video feeds are on the right where it says “en vivo”) Edit: As of 12/17/2011 their site is down, but I’m going to leave this link here because it is their official website and should come back up at some point.
TV Marti (based out of Miami but it’s entirely targeted at a Cuban audience hence its inclusion under the “Cuba” section instead of the “United States” section)
Cubasi – Same story, as of 12/17/2011 they’re down, but who knows when they’ll come back up again.
Yuna Vision Canal 10 (same story, requires VLC)
El Caribe (scroll down and look on the right where it says “Transmisión en vivo”)
CDN (really nice, simple setup, video player works great)
RTV de Vercruz (click on “Televisión en Línea”)
Grupo Fórmula (scroll down to “Noticias en Video”)
SinTesis TV (click on “TV en vivo acqui”)
Multimedios TV (scroll down to “Videos más recientes”)
Bethel Television (look to the right where it says “Señal en vivo” and choose either low or high quality)
JN19 (I hope you like Jesus…)
Wapa TV (not available in the U.S.)
TelemundoPR (scroll down to where it says “videos”)
RTVA (tons of videos right there on the front page)
Popular TV (to get the live feed click “Emisión en Directo” in the menu bar at the top)
Telemadrid (nice clean setup, fast load, recommended)
Congress TV (live feed of Congress, Parliament, and archives – menu is on the left)
Informativos Telecinco (videos are all down the right-hand column of the page)
RTPA (live feed is on the right)
BBC’s Spanish Language TV Section – Just awesome, includes Spanish programs from the BBC with downloadable transcripts (!!) as well as Spanish language news and TV shows, absolutely worth checking out.
DominicanYork (hover over “Videos” in the top toolbar and select a section)
Azteca America (scroll down to the “Video” section)
LATV (tons of videos on here)
MTV Tr3s (Music videos – MTV owns them)
HITN TV (educational programming)
Drama Fever (this was submitted by a commenter, if you’ve got one not on the list please let me know–thanks, Carlos!)
Globovision (click “Señal en vivo” in the menubar at the top)
VTV (click either “Señal en vivo” or “Videos” in the menubar at the top – by the way, this is the official government TV station)
This list was already really long with just sites that had streaming TV (a lot of them also have streaming radio, by the way), I didn’t want to make it any longer or prolong publishing it any more by trying to put together an inevitably equally long list of Spanish-language radio stations’ sites, so I’ve cheated a bit and just put links to other people’s lists of such sites where you can listen to Spanish-language radio below. Again, I can’t vouch for how many of the links on the below listed sites actually work, but most of them should be good-to-go at the very least.
E-Spanyol’s list of 600 Spanish-language radio station sites categorized by country (see why I didn’t want to try to do a list here?)
Unlike the above list, I can’t vouch for whether or not all the TV stations’ sites listed on the sites below work or not. If you’re looking for TV stations you can watch online in languages besides Spanish, check out:
wwiTV.com – Biggest compilation I’ve seen yet, truly impressive.
Like I said in the introduction, if you’ve got any additional sites that I missed or any of the above links stop working, please let me know in the comments as this page will be continuously updated to keep it current.
A Quick Note Before We End: If you’re interested in learning Spanish, read this
I’ve got two posts that I’ve put up that I’m recommending everyone interested in learning Spanish go read if they haven’t already (if you have, ignore this, sorry): How to avoid wasting months learning Spanish the wrong way (basically this is my “how to get started right in learning Spanish” post for complete beginners) and The Telenovela Method where I cover how to use popular media like movies, music, and books to learn Spanish. Additionally you can check out the front page for a more complete list of my best and most popular posts.
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