|Network Type:||Broadcast |
|Available:||National; also available in Mexico|
|Owner:||Univision Communications, Inc.|
|Launch Date:||January 14, 2002|
The network started on January 14, 2002, a month behind Telemundo's launch of its cable TV network, the bilingual mun2, 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 from NBC Universal's Telemundo. Commercials for TeleFutura often air on the Univision network. Most of the stations that carry TeleFutura once aired the Home Shopping Network. Univision bought the stations from Barry Diller's USA Broadcasting late in 2001.
TeleFutura's programming consists of telenovelas from Coral Productions, RCTV, RCN and Televisa as well as movies (mainly recent American releases dubbed into Spanish). The network also airs the reality courtroom show Veredicto Final, Futbol Liga Mexicana broadcasts, and sports news (including Contacto Deportivo).
In late 2005, TeleFutura started airing En Vivo y Directo, a 7pm newscast, opposite the taped 4pm 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 to fulfill the E/I requirements. Curiously, this block is show both on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes mostly American and European series dubben into Spanish, as Flight Squad, Toad Patrol and Problem Child. In the past, anime such as Lost Universe, Tenchi Universe, and Red Baron were shown in the block as well.
TeleFutura is also a part of the Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, as Univision 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 did with ESPN 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 game of the week on Sunday afternoon/evening.
In late June 2006, Univision was sold to an investment group including entertainment industry veteran Haim Saban 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 Univision and Galavision channels. However these rumors have not been verified, nor will the shutdown of TeleFutura happen anytime soon: According to Nielsen Media Research, 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 demos. http://www.hispanicprwire.com/news.php?l=in&id=8151&cha=7
Movies are inred>; Reality/Game Shows are in green>; Primetime Telenovelas are in blue>; News is in purple>.
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|Monday||Veredicto Final||Movie (Cine De Las Estrellas)||Betty La Fea|