Edusat (TV network)
|Type||Broadcast television network|
|Availability||National; also distributed in Central America and certain regions of the United States|
|Owner||Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa (ILCE)
Directorate-General of Educational Television, Ministry of Public Education, Government of Mexico
El Sistema de Televisión Educativa, known commonly by its network name Edusat, is an educational television network implemented by the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico in 1994. Edusat is a portmanteau of "education" and "satellite".
The government of Mexico implemented Telesecundaria in 1968 to provide secondary education to students in rural areas through open television channels. With the launching of the Morelos II satellite, Telesecundaria began transmitting through one of its analog channels. In 1994, Telesecundaria began broadcasting in digital format with the advent of Solidaridad I satellite and Edusat was born and began transmitting on six channels.
From December 1995 to 1998 Edusat services migrated to Satmex 5 and Digicipher II, by this time with signal power five times what it was during the Morelos II era and the number of channels increased to 10 with a potential of six more and a larger area of coverage. Nowadays, Edusat is received by 35 000 set-top boxes located in Mexico and 1 000 and other areas of the continent. The technology is responsibility of the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) and Telecomunicaciones de México (Telecom).
Edusat transmits its own content as well as Discovery Kids and Canal Cl@se through its channels 21 and 22. The content of four channels is provided by the Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa (ILCE, Latin American Institute of Educational Communication). Although the signal is available in all of the Americas (except for the eastern part of Brazil) Edusat services are only offered in Mexico, Central America and certain regions of the United States.
On November 21, 2000 the Videoteca Nacional Educativa (VNE, "National Educational Video Library"), the first collection and catalog of audio and visual educational media in Latin America with 100,000 titles.
In 2005, Edusat partnered with California Distance Learning Health Network (CDLHN) to promote health education in the Americas.
- (Spanish) Official site
- (Spanish) Description of Edusat (in Spanish)
- Learning through TV and Internet in Mexico at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- Partnership between Edusat and CDLHN