This New Years Eve is going to be very different. The coronavirus pandemic has also made one of the traditions of the Christmas season that Spaniards like the most must adapt to the new normal.
This means that the big celebrations on December 31st won’t be staged, but if something isn’t going to take away that weird 2020, it’s being able to take the grapes as the tradition flows. And not if you’re stuck abroad.
There are many Spanish men and women who will not be able to return home for Christmas due to the restrictions needed to stop COVID. But luckily, there are some really easy ways to celebrate the coming of the New Year in style.
Which channels will broadcast the Chimes live?
The supply of Spanish channels which broadcast Chimes live has increased over the past decade. Today, practically everyone wants to join in one way or another in the traditional New Year’s party.
At state level, the Campanadas can be followed on the main channels: 1, Antenna 3, Four, Telecinco Yes The sixth. In the case of Mediaset channels, the show will also be seen on FDF, Divinity and Energy.
Regional chains are also joining the celebration. This is the case of Channel On In Andalusia, Aragon TV in Aragon, TPA In Asturias, IB3 in the Balearics, RTVC in the Canary Islands, CMM in Castilla-La Mancha, TV3 in Catalonia, Telemadrid in the Community of Madrid, TVG in Galicia, EITB
Who will present this year’s chimes?
The presenters responsible for accompanying us at the start of the new year are already known. On the one hand, Anne Igartiburu will rehearse for the umpteenth time on TVE, and this time she will be accompanied by Ana García Obregón.
Cristina Pedroche will try to surprise Antena 3 viewers with her outfit, while she will once again have Alberto Chicote by her side. On LaSexta, the journalist duo Iñaki López and Cristina Pardo will also rehearse.
As for Mediaset, the Carillon will be produced by two well-known faces of the channel: Christian Gálvez and Sandra Barneda. Its broadcast will be seen by both Telecinco and Cuatro, as well as the rest of the communications group’s networks.
What time do the New Year’s Eve chimes start?
As everyone knows (or should know), the chimes take place at 12 p.m. on January 1. So that no one misses the countdown (or gets lost with the quarters and chimes), streaming usually starts around 11:45 p.m. on December 31.
This gives you plenty of time to get the whole family together in front of the TV (or those who managed to reunite this year due to security measures), pick the grapes and have the glass of champagne nearby to celebrate the New Year.
But this calendar corresponds to that of mainland Europe. Many channels also broadcast live an hour later from the Canary Islands so those coming from there can step into the New Year the way they deserve.
If you are abroad, your time zone may not coincide with that of the Peninsula or the Canary Islands. Then you’ll have to settle for a delayed video (we’ll walk you through how to watch it later).
And what if you find yourself in a country where 2021 will arrive before Europe? Then you will have no choice but to eat the grapes with a broadcast from previous years (you may not want to choose the one from 2019-2020). We will also explain how.
How to follow Chimes live
If you have arrived here because you want to follow the Chimes live and you don’t know how, but you are going to do it from Europe and not from abroad, you have the task as simple as turning on the television at dawn on December 31 and put the channel you prefer.
Things get complicated (just a bit) if you want to follow them from another country. In this case, the easiest way is to do it from the live TV platforms of these channels to be able to see them on diffusion (It will also help you if you are in Europe and do not have a TV).
We say it’s complicated because you’ll have to use a VPN, or virtual private network, to bypass any kind of geo-restriction. Most online TV platforms are only accessible from Spanish territory.
VPNs allow you to browse as if you were physically in another country. All you have to do is set up such a connection and connect to a server in Europe. We recommend NordVPN or ExpressVPN, as well as ProtonVPN for a free alternative.
This option will allow you to follow Chimes live from your laptop or computer, smartphone, Tablet, Smart TV or any other device with Internet access. But don’t forget to activate the VPN.
To follow it from a non-smart TV, you will need to connect your mobile, Tablet or computer to TV using the traditional method. In other words, use an HDMI cable or a dongle like the Google Chromecast to mirror the screen to the TV.
How to Track Delayed Chimes
As we said, you may need to see the delayed chimes if the country you are in is not in the same time zone as Europe. You will have it as easy as getting the broadcast on their platforms online.
It is true that not everyone uploads their show to their on-demand services, especially shortly after they are broadcast live. However, it’s worth checking out on this day. You can most likely find it on YouTube.
You should also turn to these pay-per-view platforms or YouTube if you need to watch the Chimes in advance. In that case, of course, you won’t be able to take the grapes with this year’s broadcast, but opt for one from another year, like those of TVE in 2020.
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