Mega TV (United States)
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|First air date||March 1, 2006|
|Availability||In selected markets|
March 1, 2006
|Owner||Spanish Broadcasting System|
|Established||March 1, 2006|
|Launch date||March 1, 2006|
Mega TV is an American broadcasting television network based in Miami, Florida, owned by Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS). The network's flagship is WSBS-TV, a television station licensed to Key West, Florida, with studios in Miami.
Mega TV was launched on March 1, 2006. Its original slate of programming includes productions aimed to young Hispanic viewers. Mega TV seems to be following the same pattern traced by larger rivals such as the Hispanic Telemundo, Univision and Azteca América nearly 25 years ago – creating its own television personalities.
In early 2007, the station cut 55 employees to save production costs. A vast majority of locally-produced programs such as Desvelados, Xpediente, El Noticero, El Vacilon, Entre Fichas, and Mega Especiales. Puerta Astral ("Star Port"), were supposedly placed on hiatus. The channel is scheduled for a summer run with changes in hosts, and renamed Codigo Astral ("Star Code").
SBS has entered into agreements with other television stations to air Mega TV programming, including: WBWP-LD in West Palm Beach, Florida; WHDO-CD in Orlando, Florida; WFHD-LD in Tampa, Florida (future; currently, it is TBN repeater W36CO); WHDC-LD in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; KODF-LD in Dallas, Texas; WOCK-CD in Chicago, Illinois; KLPS-LP in Palm Springs, California; KMCC in Laughlin, Nevada; WMEI in Arecibo, Puerto Rico; and KSDI-LD in Fresno, California. WHDO, WFHD, WHDC, KLPS, and KSDI show (or plan to show) Mega TV on digital subchannels.
As of May 27, 2013, WOCK-CD in Chicago no longer carries Mega TV.
As of December 2009[update], Mega TV's original programming included:
- Chayanne es Gabriel
- Consulta Medica TV
- Esta Noche Tu Nite con Alexi Valdéz
- La Descarga con Albita
- LaMusica.com Live
- Las Divas de la Tarde
- Los Implicados
- María Elvira Live
- Mega Kids (E/I programming)
- Mega News
- Paparazzi TV ¡Sensacional!
- Puerta Astral/Código Astral
- "Agenda del Immigrante con Sal Morales y Michelle Sanchez, Esq)
- Raices y Recuerdos