Televisión Mexiquense

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Mexiquense TV
Type Terrestrial television network
Country Mexico Mexico
Availability México
Owner Sistema de Radio y Televisión Mexiquense
(Gobierno del Estado de México)
Launch date
1999
Official website
www.edomexico.gob.mx/tvmex
XHPTP-TV
Cerro Pico Tres Padres
Branding Canal 34 Mexiquense TV
Channels Analog: 34 (UHF)
Digital: 41 (UHF)
Affiliations Televisión Mexiquense
Owner Sistema de Radio y Televisión Mexiquense
(Gobierno del Estado de México)
Founded 1999
Call letters' meaning Pico Tres Padres (Three Padres Peak transmitter site)
Transmitter power 3 MW (analogue)
400 kW (digital)
Transmitter coordinates

19°35′32.20″N 99°06′56.40″W / 19.5922778°N 99.1156667°W / 19.5922778; -99.1156667

homepage = www.edomexico.gob.mx/tvmex

Mexiquense TV, also known as Canal 34, is a public television network for the Mexican state of México. The network's main station, XHPTP-TV channel 34 (analog) and channel 41 (digital), originates from Tres Padres Peak in the municipality of Coacalco de Berriozabal, State of Mexico. The network and its stations are owned by Sistema de Radio y Televisión Mexiquense (Mexican Radio and Television System); its coverage area is the Cuautitlán Valley, Texcoco, the Metropolitan Zone of Mexico City, the State of Mexico and the Federal District.

For the capital city of Toluca and the surrounding Toluca Valley area, Televisión Mexiquense retransmits its signal via XHGEM-TV channel 12.

History[edit]

A little more than a year after the initial sign-on of the first station, on 10 July 1984 the Televisión Mexiquense broadcasting system was deployed using the following transmitters:

  • XHGEM-TV channel 7 (digital RF 51) in Metepec (now channel 12);
  • XHTEJ-TV channel 12 in Tejupilco; and
  • XHATL-TV channel 4 (digital RF 41) in Atlacomulco.

Due to the expansion of Imevisión, which intended to use channel 7 as part of its national network, in 1988 the XHGEM-TV Metepec signal was moved from channel 7 (where it had been since its original 26 September 1984 sign-on) to channel 12.

In 1998, responsibility for Televisión Mexiquense was transferred to the newly formed Sistema de Radio y Televisión Mexiquense, part of the Secretariat of Education, Culture and Social Welfare of the state of Mexico.

In 1999, coverage was extended to the east of the Mexican capital, covering the Cuautitlán-Texcoco Valley and the Federal District, by means of XHPTP-TV channel 34 and a broadcast tower atop Three Padres Peak in the municipality of Coacalco.

Due largely to expansion in coverage of the Televisión Mexiquense signals, on 11 November 1999, the responsibility for Sistema de Radio y Televisión Mexiquense was moved away from the Secretariat of Education, Culture and Social Welfare to the direct responsibility of the Government of the State of Mexico. Some drastic changes in the programming content followed, departing largely from coverage of very local subjects that previously had occupied most of the broadcast schedule.

After the year 2000, Televisión Mexiquense began expansion of its signal to other parts of the Republic and internationally, taking advantage of new technologies and the growing popularity of subscription television. In 2001, the Sky System and the Solidaridad (Solidarity) II satellite extended its signal nationwide. Coverage was extended to Cablevisión subscribers in November 2003.

In 2004, with the obsolescence of the Solidaridad II satellite, Televisión Mexiquense migrated to a new Mexican government-owned satellite, Satmex 5. Its network coverage area now extended outside Mexican national territory, reaching the United States, southern Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and most of South America.

On 25 June 2004, the Televisión Mexiquense signal was carried live for the first time via Internet streaming video.

Programming[edit]

The channel offers a varied selection of programming, both in style and target audience. Much of its programming is created in-house, which allows the station to avoid depending exclusively on acquired programs, syndicated fare that almost exclusively consisted of movies, foreign soap operas and cartoons.

  • Children's programming consists mainly of cartoons and in-house production of stories and narration.
  • Sports coverage include dedicated programmes which follow professional soccer teams such as Deportivo Toluca (Sport Toluca) and Atlético Mexiquense. In addition, daily programs provide sports news and analysis as well as occasional coverage of other sports such as motor car racing.
  • News is delivered both in short informative newsbreaks and as established scheduled programmes. As this channel does not forget its local Mexican origins, much of its program content is built on local news.
  • Because of its origins as a Mexican state channel, public affairs (government and political topics) occupy an important role in the station's programming.
  • Programs for youth are limited in quantity; from the beginnings of the channel these consisted almost exclusively of videos.
  • Soap operas (telenovelas) broadcast before 2006 were of Korean origin and dubbed to Spanish.
  • From its beginnings, channel 34 has carried a morning news magazine; while the name and content have changed over time, the morning show has always appeared in the station's programming.

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