Portugal are a very important part of life. Very important to most
younger families and having the latest, flat screen Plasma is
imperative. Most Portuguese families are the proud owners of not only
one but two or three of the latest flat screen versions.
If you have already
have been viewing properties in Portugal or in fact live in Portugal,
you will be keenly aware of the national obsession with televisions.
Usually if you are viewing a property in Portugal the television or
televisions will be turned on, with volumes set to maximum to enhance
the viewing experience.
are status symbols, much like car marques driven. The bigger and louder
the more impressive they are. Therefore when you visit a Portuguese
house you will probably have to endure the television (s) on full volume in each
room they are situated.
Although this could be
seen as a useful and enriching experience enabling easy
learning of the language, this is not the case. Aside from the plethora
of daytime television programmes, news channels and lame sketch shows,
the majority of the programming emitted are English language programmes
with Portuguese subtitles.
does have a varied mix of programmes though there is a pre-delectation
for for Brazilian soap operas. Feature length films are usually
shown late at night or on Saturday or Sunday with regular slots for
comedy shows and documentaries prior. There are four terrestrial
television channels: RTP 1 and 2, SIC and TVI.
One of the main bonus'
of television in Portugal
is to view terrestrial programmes you are not required to purchase a television licence.