El Rey Network
|El Rey Network|
|Launched||December 15, 2013|
|Owned by||El Netwarko Groupo (Robert Rodriguez, Univision Communications, Cox Communications)|
|Slogan||Ride With Us|
|Available on some cable systems||Varies by cable provider|
El Rey Network (Spanish for The King) is a minority-owned American television network founded by Robert Rodriguez which targets an English-speaking Hispanic American audience. The network's headquarters are in Austin, Texas. The network was one of two which was formed as a part of an agreement between merger partners Comcast and NBC Universal with the FCC. Launched on December 15, 2013, the network specializes in grindhouse-style content and its bumpers and commercials use grainy visuals with narration by a distinctive gravelly voice.
The network airs on the digital basic service in some of Comcast's systems. Comcast had announced that the network was expected to debut by January 2014. In August 2012, the network announced that its CEO is Antoinette Alfonso Zel. In May 2013, Univision announced that it was investing in El Rey.
Upon launch in the week of December 15, 2013, El Rey was offered by cable companies Time Warner Cable and Comcast, with Bright House Networks offering soon later in January 2014, and Cox Communications by February 2014.
The first satellite service to host El Rey was DirecTV in January 2014, the second, Dish Network, came a year later in January 2015. In February 2015, El Rey was made available through cable company Suddenlink Communications in select markets. In July 2016, it was added to the Verizon Fios lineup. However, it was removed, along with all other Univision networks, in October 2017 due to carriage disputes.
In November 2013, it was announced that the production of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series had begun. The Director's Chair with Robert Rodriguez premiered in May 2014 with John Carpenter as his first spotlighted director. On July 10, it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino would be the next two directors spotlighted in July and August 2014, respectively. Matador, from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, premiered in July 2014. Lucha libre program Lucha Underground, featuring wrestlers from Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) and produced by Mark Burnett, premiered on October 29, 2014.
Annual programming on El Rey include a marathon of the many Toho-produced Godzilla films during the Christmas & Independence Day weekends and the Thanksgiving Way of the Turkey marathon of kung fu films.
As of August 2019 
- Lucha Underground (2014–present)
- The Director's Chair with Robert Rodriguez (2014–present)
- Man at Arms: Art of War (2017–present)
- Baja Desert Championship (2017–present)
- The Chuey Martinez Show (2019–present)
- El Rey Nation (2019–present)
- Biker Mice from Mars
- Cold Squad
- Crunch Time
- Day 5
- Knight Rider
- Mondo Animation Hour
- Quantum Leap
- Relic Hunter
- Stargate Atlantis
- Stargate SG-1
- Starhunter: ReduX
- The A-Team
- Xena: Warrior Princess
Former original programming
- Bushido Battleground (2017)
- Cutting Crew
- Explosion Jones, starring Michael Madsen
- From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–2016)
- Matador (2014)
- Rebel Without a Crew: The Series (2018)
- Rite of Passage (2017)
Former acquired programming
- Alien Nation
- Almost Human
- Clerks: The Animated Series
- Core Culture
- Freddy's Nightmares
- Human Target
- I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali
- Incredible Hulk
- Mercy Point
- Miami Vice
- Night Visions
- Pros vs. Joes
- Red vs. Blue
- Texas Justice
- Toxic Crusaders
- Starsky and Hutch
- The Twilight Zone
- The X-Files
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- T2's Robert Patrick & More Join 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series', by Craig Hunter
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- Two El Rey Series Stream Over to VRV
- "Man at Arms: Art of War: Season 1" Archived August 20, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. El Rey Network. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- El Rey Network Greenlights Second Season Of ‘Man At Arms: Art Of War’
- "El Rey Network To Air Legendary "Baja Desert Championship: Baja 500" On August 6th At 5 PM ET". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- "El Rey Network Adds Pair of Evening Talk Shows". Multichannel.com. April 16, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
- "Mondo-Powered Animation Hour Headed To El Rey Network". Retrieved May 13, 2019.
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