Netflix bets big on Spain with largest studios in EU

Online video streaming giant Netflix on Tuesday opened new film studios in Spain, doubling its production capacity in the country that has become a hub of audiovisual creation in Europe.

Netflix bets big on Spain with largest studios in EU
Audiovisual producers are increasingly choosing Spain for the filming of series. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

The new facilities include five film sets and around 30 editing suites in La Ciudad de la Tele (TV City), a vast production complex in the town of Tres Cantos, north of Madrid.

Netflix has now doubled its production capacity in Spain with 10 sets in total including spaces for production, make-up, hairstyling e and a changing room, the US company said in a statement.

The entertainment platform inaugurated its first studios outside the United States on the same site in 2019, shortly after Spanish series “La Casa de Papel” became its first global hit in a language other than English.

The Tres Cantos hub has since become Netflix’s main production site in the European Union, with more than 30 films and series shot there in 2022 including “Welcome to Eden” and “Elite”.

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Netflix also has studios in New York, New Mexico, Toronto, Paris, London, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney.

Spanish Culture Minister Miquel Iceta welcomed the news, saying he wanted to encourage major platforms and producers to set up in the country.

Audiovisual producers are increasingly choosing Spain for the filming of series, with the southern European nation’s landscapes resembling the American West and attracting Hollywood from the 1960s.

The Spanish government aims to increase audiovisual production in the country by 30 percent by 2025.

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How you can watch the Rugby World Cup final on TV in Spain

If you’re a rugby fan in Spain, there are several ways you can watch the 2023 Rugby World Cup final between the Springboks and the All Blacks on Saturday, and the third-place play-off between England and Argentina on Friday.

How you can watch the Rugby World Cup final on TV in Spain

The 2023 Rugby World Cup reaches its pinnacle on Saturday October 28th when South Africa play New Zealand in Paris.

Unfortunately, the tournament hasn’t been broadcast on terrestrial public TV in Spain, as rugby isn’t a popular sport in the country.

Don’t worry though, if you’re living or travelling in Spain during this time and want to catch the games, there are different ways you can watch, from your TV at home to games broadcast in bars and pubs. 

Watching the Rugby World Cup final in Spain

Movistar, Spain’s leading TV and internet provider, bought the rights to broadcast the Rugby World Cup in Spain. 

In order to watch all the games, it’s been necessary to subscribe to an additional Deportes package.

However, according to Movistar Plus+ TV schedule, the final between South Africa and New Zealand will be shown on Movistar Plus+’s  #Vamos sports channel (channel 8 and 45) at 9pm Madrid time on Saturday October 28th, without the need to subscribe to the Deportes package. Coverage of the big final will begin at 8.40pm with commentary in Spanish. 

Alternatively, you may want to consider getting a VPN to stream international channels that are airing the final, in France or the UK for example. The paid VPNs are more reliable and offer faster streaming than the free options.

Watching the Rugby World Cup third-place play-off match in Spain

England square off against Argentina at 9pm on Friday October 27th in a battle to claim third spot at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 

If you want to watch it and you already have Movistar Plus+ at home, it will be necessary to subscribe to the additional Deportes package for €19 a month. 

The match can be watched Movistar Plus+’s available-to-all #Vamos sports channel (channel 8 and 45), but this will after the match has finished and in the early hours of Saturday morning at 5.35 am. 

Other places to watch the Ruby World Cup in Spain

If you don’t want to contract your own TV package, there are several other places you can go to watch the games live.

These are typically Irish pubs and sports bars that regularly broadcast live sports games. Below are some of the bars showing the Rugby World Cup, but make sure you check in your part of Spain if there is a pub or sports bar.


If you’re in Barcelona, some of the best places to watch are: 

  • The George Payne
  • Belushi’s Bar
  • The Old Irish Pub
  • Flaherty’s Irish Bar
  • CocoVail Beer Hall


If you’re in Madrid the city’s Irish pubs are the best places to catch a game, but some of the Spanish sports bars will be showing them too. 

  • O’Connell
  • La Fontana de Oro
  • Finnegans
  • James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid
  • The Irish Rover
  • Cervecería Deportiva 


  • Morrissey’s Irish Pub, Málaga city
  • Pat Murphy’s Bar, Torremolinos
  • O’Grady’s Irish Pub, Marbella 


  • St. Patrick’s Irish Pub
  • Saint Martin’s Urban Irish