V-me (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbeme], watch me) is a public television service in the United States, broadcasting only in Spanish. The 24-hour digital broadcast service was launched on March 5, 2007, and is currently available in over 75% of all U.S. Hispanic homes.
The first venture of the media production and distribution company V-me 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. WNET is a minority partner in the for-profit venture.
In nearly 40 U.S. markets, V-me 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. V-me is also carried nationally via satellite in the basic packages of Dish Network and DirecTV. In some areas, V-me is available on Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse. V-me is also available on Cox Cable with its TV Starter Digital Pack.
Among the journalists that have worked for V-me are Jorge Gestoso, Juan Manuel Benitez and Luis Sarmiento.
The network broadcasts a variety of programming in Spanish:
- Latino-focused lifestyle content: health, parenting, travel, food, home, design, self-improvement and sports programs
- Prime time drama series
- News and current affairs, with Oppenheimer Presenta and Jorge Gestoso Investiga
- Nature documentaries from BBC, National Geographic and PBS
- Latin films and TV miniseries
- Original music series, like Estudio Billboard
- Weekly arts and pop culture specials
- Educational preschool programs in Spanish (40 hours a week); children's television shows include:
- ^ a b Everhart, Karen. "Multicast channels crowd bitstream: V-me, in Spanish, joins options for stations’ DTV broadcasts." Current. February 12, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- ^ Vme - Sponsors. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Dru Sefton (April 23, 2012). "PubTV multicaster V-me faulted for airing ‘ordinary commercials’". Current.org. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
- ^ Vme Upfront 2011–2012. May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
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