In 1967, the Universidad de Panamá began operation of a closed-circuit television station on the university campus. In 1971, the station began to take programming from the new Radio y Televisión Educativa, and the operation moved to new facilities in 1975.
In 1977, work began to bring the station to broadcast television, as "Canal Once Telexperimental". The first channel 11 signal went to air on January 22, 1978, and the station received final approval to operate channel 11 in 1980. The name of "Canal 11" was replaced with "RTE" (not to be confused with the Irish broadcaster) after the end of military governance, and later "RTVE". During this time period, it added transmitters in other areas of the country and expanded its radio operations.
In 2004, RTVE was restructured as the Sistema Estatal de Radio y Televisión, with improved studios and programming.
In 2010, SERTV became the first station to broadcast in the DVB-T format in Panama.