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V-me
Owned by V-me Media Inc.
Picture format 480i
Slogan Vme Televisión Diferente (English: Vme TV done differently)
Country United States
Language Spanish
Broadcast area United States
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Sister channel(s) Vme Kids
Website vmetv.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Via subchannels of local PBS stations Channel numbers and availability vary
Satellite
DirecTV 440
Dish Network 846 / 9414
Cable
Time Warner Cable Varies according to the location
Cablevision 199
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 3015
Verizon FiOS 474

Vme TV (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbeme], watch me) is the first and only Spanish broadcast television network in association with public television stations created for the United States Hispanic market. Reaching more than 70 million households in the United States, Vme TV is broadcast in 43 markets by PBS stations and is available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, as well as major cable companies including Comcast. Vme TV delivers drama, music, current affairs, food, lifestyle, nature and educational pre-school content to its viewers. The 24-hour digital broadcast service was launched on March 5, 2007, and it is dedicated to entertain, educate and inspire families in Spanish with a contemporary mix of original productions, exclusive premieres, acquisitions, and popular public television programs specially adapted for Hispanics. [1] [2]

The first venture of the media production and distribution company Vme Television Media Inc., it is a public-private partnership between WNET, a non-commercial educational public television station licensed to Newark, New Jersey, and the investment firm Baeza Group, the venture capital firm Syncom Funds, and Grupo PRISA from Spain, one of the world's largest Spanish and Portuguese-language media companies.[3][4] WNET is a minority partner in the for-profit venture.[1]

Broadcast in 43 U.S. markets, Vme TV is available free over the air, and on basic cable, through its association with PBS member stations, making it the fourth largest Spanish network in the U.S. with 78% of broadcasting across the nation [5] Vme TV is also carried nationally via satellite in the basic packages of DISH Network and DirecTV. In some areas, Vme TV is available on Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse and the Atlantic Broadband. Vme TV is also available on Cox Cable with its TV Starter Digital Pack, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and XFINITY MultiLatino Package.

In April 2013, a Florida-based private investor group took control of Vme Media,Inc., the U.S. Hispanic content and distribution company that owns Spanish-language network Vme and Vme Kids. Financial terms of the deal and the percentage of the ownership of the new investors was not disclosed. The Vme Board includes former AOL executive and founder and CEO of DailyMe.com, Chairman of the board, Syncom managing partner Terry Jones and WNET’s VP and General Counsel Robert Feinberg. Vme TV founder, Mario Baeza, stepped down as Chairman, but will continue to have an ownership interest. LPM is the largest stakeholder in Vme.

Among the journalists who have worked for Vme TV are Jorge Gestoso, Juan Manuel Benitez, Luis Sarmiento, Alonso Castillo and Marián de la Fuente.

Programming[edit]

The network broadcasts a variety of programming in Spanish:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Everhart, Karen. "Multicast channels crowd bitstream: Vme TV, in Spanish, joins options for stations’ DTV broadcasts." Current. February 12, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Vme TV - Sponsors. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Jensen (February 7, 2007). "Public Television Plans A Network for Latinos". New York Times. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dru Sefton (April 23, 2012). "PubTV multicaster Vme TV faulted for airing ‘ordinary commercials’". Current.org. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Vme TV Upfront 2011–2012. May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.

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