TeleFutura
Overview
 
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

 broadcast television network
Television network
A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay TV providers. Until the mid-1980s, television programming in most countries of the world was dominated by a small...

 owned by Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

 with headquarters in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

.
TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time
Prime time
Prime time or primetime is the block of broadcast programming during the middle of the evening for television programing.The term prime time is often defined in terms of a fixed time period—for example, from 19:00 to 22:00 or 20:00 to 23:00 Prime time or primetime is the block of broadcast...

. The network started on January 14, 2002, a month behind Telemundo
Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

's launch of its cable TV network, the bilingual mun2
Mun2
mun2 is a national cable television broadcast network in the United States owned by NBC Universal and aimed at young Latinos. It is the sister network of Telemundo and was mostly digital television subchannels launched in 2001. The programming of mun2 is primarily music videos and shows designed...

, with programs such as the 3 hour gossip/Entertainment show Escándalo TV (formerly "Escándalo en el Medio Dia", but later changed due to a similarly named program airing in Mexico by Televisa S.A.) which was designed to compete with similar offerings like Cotorreando
Cotorreando
Cotorreando was a daily Spanish language gossip television show that ran on the U.S. Spanish network, Telemundo from 2000 to 2007 .-Show:...

from NBC Universal
NBC Universal
NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company engaged in the production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information products and services to a global customer base...

's Telemundo.
Encyclopedia
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

 broadcast television network
Television network
A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay TV providers. Until the mid-1980s, television programming in most countries of the world was dominated by a small...

 owned by Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

 with headquarters in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

.

Overview

TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time
Prime time
Prime time or primetime is the block of broadcast programming during the middle of the evening for television programing.The term prime time is often defined in terms of a fixed time period—for example, from 19:00 to 22:00 or 20:00 to 23:00 Prime time or primetime is the block of broadcast...

. The network started on January 14, 2002, a month behind Telemundo
Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

's launch of its cable TV network, the bilingual mun2
Mun2
mun2 is a national cable television broadcast network in the United States owned by NBC Universal and aimed at young Latinos. It is the sister network of Telemundo and was mostly digital television subchannels launched in 2001. The programming of mun2 is primarily music videos and shows designed...

, with programs such as the 3 hour gossip/Entertainment show Escándalo TV (formerly "Escándalo en el Medio Dia", but later changed due to a similarly named program airing in Mexico by Televisa S.A.) which was designed to compete with similar offerings like Cotorreando
Cotorreando
Cotorreando was a daily Spanish language gossip television show that ran on the U.S. Spanish network, Telemundo from 2000 to 2007 .-Show:...

from NBC Universal
NBC Universal
NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company engaged in the production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information products and services to a global customer base...

's Telemundo. Commercials for TeleFutura often air on the Univision network. Most of the stations that carry TeleFutura once aired the Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network or HSN began in 1977 as a 24-hour/7 day a week home shopping television network televised via cable, satellite, and some terrestrial channels in the Philippines. HSN can also be shopped online at hsn.com...

. Univision bought the stations from Barry Diller
Barry Diller
Barry Charles Diller is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp and the media executive responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting.-Early life:...

's USA Broadcasting
USA Broadcasting
USA Broadcasting was an American media company owned by veteran entertainment industry executive Barry Diller. This network was the over-the-air broadcasting arm of USA Network....

 late in 2001.

TeleFutura's programming consists of telenovelas from Coral Productions, Televisa
Televisa
Televisa is a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract...

, Venevision
Venevisión
Venevisión is one of Venezuela's largest television networks and a Venezuelan cable and terrestrial television network, which is owned and presided over by Gustavo Cisneros...

, RCTV
RCTV
Radio Caracas Televisión Internacional is a Venezuelan cable television network headquartered in the Caracas neighborhood of Quinta Crespo. It was sometimes referred to as the Canal de Bárcenas. Owned by Empresas 1BC, RCTV Internacional was inaugurated as Radio Caracas Televisión on 15 November...

, RCN
RCN TV
RCN Televisión , is a Colombian private television network. It started as a production company in 1967...

 and Rede Globo
Rede Globo
Rede Globo , or simply Globo, is a Brazilian television network, launched by media mogul Roberto Marinho on April 26, 1965. It is owned by media conglomerate Organizações Globo, being by far the largest of its holdings...

 as well as movies often consisting of recent American releases dubbed into Spanish. Movie titles are announced before the start of the broadcast, using the "CinePlex" (daytime movie, usually weekends), "CineEscape" (late night movie), "Cine Especial" (movie specials), or "Cine de las Estrellas" (prime-time movie) branding. The network also airs the reality courtroom show Veredicto Final, Fútbol de la Liga Mexicana broadcasts, and sports news (including Contacto Deportivo
Contacto Deportivo
Contacto Deportivo is the only nightly Spanish language sports highlights and recap program broadcast on the TeleFutura network aimed at the Mexican and Hispanic market in the United States. It provides coverage of American NBA, MLB, NFL. Also the Mexican Primera División, English Premier League...

).

In late 2005, TeleFutura started airing En Vivo y Directo, a 7 pm newscast, opposite the taped 4 pm news on Galavisión). But the network eventually cancelled "En Vivo y Directo" due to low ratings after only a few weeks and have replaced the newscast with movies.

The network also offers a children programming block called Toonturama
Toonturama
Toonturama is a Spanish-language children's programming block shown on the Telefutura television network. The block airs on weekends. The block began at the opening of the network, on February 14, 2002. Currently, the block airs a total of 4½ hours of programming per week.-Programming:E/I...

 to fulfill the E/I
E/I
E/I, which stands for "educational and informative," refers to a type of children's television programming shown in the United States. The Federal Communications Commission requires that every full-service Terrestrial television station in the U.S. show at least three hours of these television...

 requirements. Curiously, this block is shown both on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes mostly American and European series dubbed into Spanish, such as Flight Squad
Flight Squad
Flight Squad is a Canadian animated television series produced by CINAR in 1998.-Plot:A team of daredevil pilots form the Flight Squad: Dan, an ex-fighter pilot and former member of the Canadian secret service, Tina, Alex, Jeff and his sister Emma, his young teenager friends, the indispensable Max...

and Problem Child
Problem Child (TV series)
Problem Child is an animated series produced by Universal Cartoon Studios and based on the Problem Child films. The TV series aired from 1993 to 1994. USA Network aired the series as part of their USA Cartoon Express programming block. The first 13 episodes can currently be seen on Hulu. The show...

. An exception is Toad Patrol
Toad Patrol
Toad Patrol is a Canadian television series which first aired in 1999 on Teletoon, currently airing on the Telefutura Spanish-language network as Patrulla de Sapitos. It was created by George and his wife, Peggy Sarson...

, which it needs to dub into English to fix the speech. In the past, anime
Anime
is the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation". The definition sometimes changes depending on the context. In English-speaking countries, the term most commonly refers to Japanese animated cartoons....

 such as Lost Universe
Lost Universe
is a series of science fiction light novels, running from 1992 to 2000, by Japanese author Hajime Kanzaka. It was later adapted into a 26-episode anime television series that ran throughout the summer of 1998 on TV Tokyo during the same time slot that the anime depiction of Kanzaka's previous work,...

, Tenchi Universe
Tenchi Universe
was a 26 episode anime series produced by the AIC and Pioneer Animation. It is loosely based on the first six episodes of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series. The series premiered on April 2, 1995 in Japan and concluded its airing on September 24, 1995. The series aired in the United States on Cartoon...

, and Red Baron
Red Baron (anime)
is a Japan animated television series directed by Akio Sakai and produced by Nippon Television along with Tokyo Movie Shinsha. The show is a remake of the 1973 live-action series Super Robot Red Baron....

were shown in the block as well.

TeleFutura is also a part of the Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association , the sport's global governing body...

 soccer tournament, as Univisión owns exclusive US Spanish-language rights. For 2006 it carried eight live games, all in the last days of group play when games are played simultaneously, like ESPN2
ESPN2
ESPN2 is an American sports cable television network owned by ESPN. The channel debuted on October 1, 1993.Originally nicknamed "the deuce," ESPN2 was initially branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross,...

 did with ESPN
ESPN
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, commonly known as ESPN, is an American global cable television network focusing on sports-related programming including live and pre-taped event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming....

 for English-language coverage. It also had game replays and recap shows. In addition, and in conjunction, TeleFutura also airs an exclusive Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

 game of the week on Sunday afternoon/evening.

In late June 2006, Univisión was sold to an investment group including entertainment industry veteran Haim Saban
Haim Saban
Haim Saban is an Egyptian born Israeli-American television and media proprietor. With an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 104th richest person in America.-Biography:...

 for $13 billion. There are reports on media message boards that TeleFutura is being phased out and several key on air talents are being shifted to Univisión and Galavisión channels. However these rumors have not been verified, nor will the shutdown of TeleFutura happen anytime soon: According to Nielsen Media Research
Nielsen Media Research
Nielsen Media Research is an American firm that measures media audiences, including television, radio, theatre films and newspapers...

, in February 2007 TeleFutura made significant gains in viewership at the expense of Telemundo, actually taking over second place among Spanish-language networks in the Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 demographics.

On January 2009 TeleFutura launched the daily Gossip Show "La Tijera" with Charitin Goyco, Liliana Rodriguez, Paul Bouche
Paul Bouche
Paul Bouche is a television producer & entertainer. Paul is the host, creator and producer of a variety of television and radio programs. Paul has worked as a TV and Radio Host and Comedian in the United States and Latin America, performing as a Stand Up Comedian and on air television and radio...

, Carolina Sandoval and Augusto Valverde. The cast was gradually modified and incorporated Tanya Charry , Raul Garcia, Anabelle Blum, and Rodolfo Jimenez. The show was cancelled in October 2011.

On February 26, 2010 TeleFutura, one of the largest Spanish-language networks in the U.S. and the ideal entertainment alternative for Hispanics across the nation, announced today that once again it secured the #2 Spanish-language network position with last night’s special broadcast of “Buscando La Doble de Selena: La Gran Final” (Search for Selena’s Double) attracting an impressive 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.0 million Adults 18-49, over half a million Adults 18-34 and 620,000 Persons 12-34, making it the highest-ranked entertainment special in the history of the network.

On October 10, 2011, TeleFutura will premiere a new daily Gossip Show Tómbola
Tómbola
-Show description:Tómbola is a a Spanish language entertainment news show hosted by Marisa del Portillo, Tanya Charry, Carolina Sandoval, actor/model Andrés García Jr., and actress/TV host Alexandra Rodriguez. As of October 10, 2011, Telefutura is airing Tómbola at 6pm/5pm central weeknights,...

.

TeleFutura HD

In 2010, TeleFutura along with sister network Univisión began airing programming in 1080i
1080i
1080i is the shorthand name for a high-definition television mode. The i means interlaced video; 1080i differs from 1080p, in which the p stands for progressive scan. The term 1080i assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a frame size of 1920×1080 pixels...

 high definition
High-definition television
High-definition television is video that has resolution substantially higher than that of traditional television systems . HDTV has one or two million pixels per frame, roughly five times that of SD...

 with a 16:9
16:9
16:9 is an aspect ratio with a width of 16 units and height of 9. Since 2009, it has become the most common aspect ratio for sold televisions and computer monitors and is also the international standard format of HDTV, Full HD, non-HD digital television and analog widescreen television ...

 aspect ratio
Aspect ratio (image)
The aspect ratio of an image is the ratio of the width of the image to its height, expressed as two numbers separated by a colon. That is, for an x:y aspect ratio, no matter how big or small the image is, if the width is divided into x units of equal length and the height is measured using this...

. They were the last major over-the-air networks in the United States to have made the switch. DirecTV added the West Coast feed of the network in HD nationally on April 28, 2010. Dish Network later added the West Coast feed on May 12, 2010. Escándalo TV is broadcasting in HD.

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