Portuguese Radio and Television Online

Azulejo 8Yesterday I wrote about how to improve your listening comprehension when learning a language. I promised you a list of Portuguese radio and tv stations on the internet to help you with your studies so here goes. These are all European Portuguese stations.

First stop is RTP which is a major site for television and radio in Portugal. For television, go to TV at the top of the page. On the next page click ‘TV Em Direito’ which is in the list on the left of the page. You then pick your chosen channel to watch live. If you prefer, you can also watch ‘on demand’. There’s a huge list of programmes available. One of my favourites is A Conversa dos Outras which is a documentary series featuring people from different neighbourhoods in Lisbon.

I quite often come to this site to watch Portuguese news. Watching the news is one of the best places to start because much like English news, the news-readers tend to pronounce their words very clearly and therefore it’s much easier to understand than perhaps a movie or general drama would be. Radio is also available on the site as well as podcasts.

TV Ciencia
This site has a range of videos available from topics such as science, technology and culture. There is a large video archive and many videos have a transcript as a PDF file to download as well as the video itself.

If you want to explore further, a list of Portuguese television stations accessible online can be found on WWITV and Beeline TV


A major station in Portugal. I listen to this one a lot as it’s similar to Radio Four in the UK and has a lot of interviews and general talk shows. Just click ‘Em Direito’ just under the main navigation bar on the top left side of the page to listen live.

Antena 3
One of my favourites for Portuguese pop, rock and indie. Basically an excellent independant station that’s pretty popular from what I’ve seen. They play music from the UK and US as well as current chart hits in Portugual and European hits. A good way of getting to know what’s hip in the Portuguese music scene. Click on Ouvir Emissão and it’ll play through your windows media player.

Surf Music
A huge list of Portuguese radio stations

Multilingual Books
Another list of radio stations

So, that’s plenty to get you started, I hope you find these useful.

5 comments for “Portuguese Radio and Television Online

  1. Monica Cruz
    November 3, 2008 at 5:53 am

    You can also visit http://www.sic.pt and http://www.tvi.pt, the other portuguese tv stations… And please, if you can understand the language, watch the news on these websites or on http://www.rtp.pt because unlike here in the States, they don’t hide anything from you or tell things in an “easier” way…

  2. Lily
    November 3, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Monica
    Thanks for the links, I will definately take a look at them.

  3. Vasco
    October 17, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Olá. Bom, estamos a falar de canais portugueses, não é? Será que não entendem português? Então, porque querem ver canais portugueses? Se calhar é mais bonito em inglês, gente estranha. Ainda por cima com nomes portugueses, como é o caso da Monica Cruz! Como sei que entendem português, deixo-vos uma página com todos os canais portugueses online: http://www.tvtuga.com

    • Lily
      October 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Olá Vasco. Obrigada pelo ligação. Estou a aprender português – uma lingua muito linda.
      For my readers, Vasco has given a link to a website which shows tv channels and radio in Portuguese.

  4. Mike
    October 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Olá. There is a further alternative which is great if you don’t have access to broadband. If you have a freesat satellite receiver you can find at least 2 Portuguese channels, maybe more and perhaps radio as well. There is RTPi on 10724Mhz,Symbol Rate 29890, Horizontal Polarisation and TV Canção Nova on 11179Mhz, Symbol Rate 27480, Horizontal Polarisation. Eurobird and RTPi 4176Mhz, Symbol Rate 29890, Horizontal, TV Canção Nova 3720Mhz, Symbol Rate 27500, Horizontal on (I think) Hispasat it’s not rocket science.

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