Multimedios Televisión

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Multimedios Televisión
Type Terrestrial television network
Country Mexico
Availability Northeast & North-Central Mexico, Southwestern United States over-the-air,
nationally throughout Mexico and the United States via cable, satellite and IPTV
Slogan El Canal Que Todos Vemos
(The Channel We All Watch)
Owner Grupo Multimedios
Key people
Francisco González
Launch date
February 24, 1968
Former names
Canal 12, 12-AW
6 (most Mexican stations)
Official website
Multimedios

Multimedios Televisión is a network of Spanish language television stations primarily concentrated in northeastern Mexico. The system is part of Grupo Multimedios. The flagship station of Multimedios is XHAW-TDT located in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Programming features locally produced news, sports, children's shows and general mass appeal variety programming. On weekdays, the network produces around twenty hours of live daily programming, with lesser amounts during the weekends. Throughout its broadcast week, the network produces 58 hours of news programming per week under the branding of Telediario, including a Sunday night public affairs program, Cambios. It also produces pre-game, post-game and other programming involving Monterrey's two major soccer clubs, Tigres UANL and C.F. Monterrey, and through Groupo Multimedios' half-ownership of the team as of February 2017, a media partnership with the Mexican League's Sultanes de Monterrey in baseball, including weekend home game coverage.

The company also has network affiliates in many cities, some of which produce local content. The networks spans Northeast and North-Central Mexico, along with the Southwestern United States through over-the-air availability, but is also available nationally in both countries via cable, satellite and IPTV services. As of May 2016, all of the network's programming is presented in a 16:9 widescreen optimized form in both standard and high definition.

Multimedios affiliates[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Multimedios owns and operates most of its Mexican stations by way of two concessionaires, Multimedios Televisión and Televisión Digital. After operating in Monterrey alone for more than 20 years, Multimedios began its expansion in earnest in the late 1980s and early 1990s, building a rebroadcaster in Saltillo and new stations in northeast Mexico and in León, Guanajuato. It further increased its broadcast reach with affiliate stations in the northeast. In the Monterrey area, Multimedios also owns and operates a second TV station.

Multimedios participated in the IFT-6 television auction of 2017 and won six stations, including transmitters in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Puebla.

RF VC Callsign Location Network/name ERP Concessionaire
25
26
25
6 XHAW-TDT Monterrey, NL
Guadalupe
Saltillo, Coah.
Multimedios Televisión 120 kW
19 kW[1]
37.5 kW
Televisión Digital
21 12 XHSAW-TDT Sabinas Hidalgo, NL
Monterrey
Altavisión
(Milenio Televisión, Teleritmo, 52MX)
6.675 kW
52.5 kW
Televisión Digital
23 6 XHOAH-TDT Torreón, Coah. Multimedios Televisión 47.5 kW Multimedios Televisión
39[2] 12 XHPNW-TDT Piedras Negras Independent/Multimedios
(XHPNW -2 hours)
15 kW XHFJS-TV
21 15 XHSDD-TDT Sabinas, Coah. Independent/Multimedios
(Canal 15 Sabinas -2 hours, Mix TV)
20 kW Telesistemas de Coahuila
25 6 XHVTU-TDT Ciudad Victoria, Tamps. Multimedios Televisión
(Milenio TV, Teleritmo, 52MX)
20 kW Multimedios Televisión
15 6 XHVTV-TDT Matamoros, Tamps. Multimedios Televisión
(Milenio TV, Teleritmo, 52MX)
15 kW Televisión Digital
32 6 XHNAT-TDT Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. Multimedios Televisión
(Milenio TV, Teleritmo, 52MX)
54.34 kW Multimedios Televisión
31 6 XHLGG-TDT Cerro Los Tenamastes, Jal.
León
Multimedios Televisión
(Milenio Televisión)
47.5 kW[3]
0.4 kW[4]
Multimedios Televisión
47 6 XHTAO-TDT Tampico, Tamps. Multimedios Televisión
(Milenio TV, Teleritmo, 52MX)
12.5 kW Multimedios Televisión
33 6 XHMTCO-TDT Monclova, Coah. Multimedios Televisión
28 6 XHMTCH-TDT Ciudad Juárez, Chih. Multimedios Televisión
29 6 XHMTDU-TDT Durango, Dgo. Multimedios Televisión
15 6 XHMTPU-TDT Puebla, Pue. Multimedios Televisión
11 6 XHTDMX-TDT Mexico City Televisión Digital
34 6 XHTDJA-TDT Guadalajara, Jal. Televisión Digital

The Multimedios network formerly used virtual channel 12 (XHAW's channel number from its 1968 launch), from the national standardization of virtual channels on October 27, 2016 until the change to 6 on February 24, 2018. This mapping was not exclusive throughout Mexico, as Hidalgo's state network Radio y Televisión de Hidalgo and six local stations elsewhere are also mapped to channel 12.[5] On February 24, 2018 (timed to XHAW-TDT's 50th anniversary celebration of going on the air on that date), Multimedios changed the virtual channel of all of its owned and operated stations to channel 6.[6] Towards the end of April 2018, Multimedios began to utilize a secondary black and yellow "6" logo to remind viewers of its new national channel position, though its trademark star logo (which was simplified and took a mirrored look from its former logo in mid-2015) will remain in wide use.

The network is also available nationwide through providers such as SKY México/VeTV and Izzi/Cablevisión.

United States & Canada[edit]

All American Multimedios affiliates are owned and operated by other broadcasters, due to FCC regulations regarding foreign ownership of radio and TV stations. The network leased stations from Mako Communications until early 2007.

The American version of the network feed features American direct response advertising and public service announcements laid over the main Monterrey feed, along with some programming substitutions (mainly Monterrey-specific local shows and paid programming for second runs of the network's main shows), such as a repeat of Milenio's 10 p.m. newscast overnights, along with KHLM-LD's Houston-focused public affairs program ¿Que Pasa Houston? on Sunday afternoons. The main Monterrey feed is available to Mexican viewers, streaming through the network's website and its iOS App Store and Google Play apps, with all network feeds blocked in the United States in deference to its American cable partners.

The network is authorized to be carried as a foreign television service in Canada by that country's broadcasting authority, receiving that authorization on April 22, 2015; Milenio Television was also included in a separate application.[7]

Market/City of license Station/Channel No. (DT) Licensee Additional notes
Houston KHLM-LD 43.1 Lotus Communications Corporation KHLM is effectively marketed as the American flagship of the network, including their channel positions being called out in some programs, and hosts road tours of Multimedios's variety programming and hosts, which take place at Houston area venues.
Phoenix KPHE-LD 44.1 (16) Lotus Communications Corporation Part-time affiliate; shared with Telemax.
Salt Lake City KTMW 20.4 Alpha & Omega Communications, LLC
El Paso/Juarez K26KJ-D 25.1 (26) BGM License LLC Formerly K40FW. Sister station to XHIJ-TDT.
Rio Grande City KTLM 40.4 NBCUniversal Milenio Televisión on 40.2; The only Telemundo-O&O affiliated with that network

Pay TV availability[edit]

Multimedios is available across the United States on many cable, satellite and IPTV systems, including DirecTV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and Grande Communications. It is carried in both standard definition and high definition versions. In 2016, the network also became available in Costa Rica (the third largest Mexican diaspora behind the United States and Guatemala) through cable (several of the network's personalities are Costa Rican-Mexicans); the American and Costa Rican feeds, along with the local "Plus" feed thus had a separate version of their morning lifestyle program, Vivalavi, known as Vivalavi Internacional with different hosts carried over them. Vivalavi Internacional was cancelled on January 11, 2017.

In addition to this, the audio streams of Multimedios, Milenio TV and Multimedios' sports radio station XERG-AM are available via telephone through a both a Mexican and American telephone number for the regular costs of airtime depending on provider.

Former Multimedios affiliates[edit]

Market/City of license Station/Channel No. (DT) Licensee Additional Notes
Dallas/Fort Worth (Mesquite) KATA-CD 50 (N/A) Mako Communications
Las Vegas KVPX-LD 28 (N/A) Mako Communications
Las Vegas (Laughlin) KMCC 34.1 (32) Beam Tilt, LLC
Bakersfield K18HD-D N/A (18) Valley Public Television VPT acquired station from Mintz Broadcasting in 2007;
has since flash-cut to digital and currently rebroadcasts KVPT
Amarillo K64GK 64 (N/A) Mintz Broadcasting
Corpus Christi K20JT-D 54 (20) Mintz Broadcasting
Lubbock K24GP 24 (N/A) Mako Communications
Midland K69IT 69 (N/A) Mintz Broadcasting
San Angelo K45HW 45 (N/A) Mintz Broadcasting
San Antonio K17MJ-D 51 (17) Mintz Broadcasting
Tampa WTAM-LD 28 (N/A) Lotus Communications Corporation Branded as TV Visión
Rio Grande City KTLM 40.4 NBCUniversal Had Milenio Televisión on 40.2. Was the only Telemundo O&O affiliated with either network. Both were dropped after NBC bought KTLM.

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