MIAMI — NBC Universal Cable is today launching a Spanish-lingo cable net, Telemundo Puerto Rico, on Cablevision’s iO: Interactive Optimum digital service in the New York metropolitan area.
It will air 35 hours per week of news broadcasts plus general entertainment programming from the Telemundo station in Puerto Rico, WKAQ-TV.
Puerto Ricans make up 10% of the U.S. Hispanic population, and about one-third of Puerto Ricans Stateside live in the New York area where Cablevision’s digital service has about 1.3 million subs. The new network will also be added to Cablevision’s Spanish-language programming package, iO en Espanol, in certain areas of the nation.
iO en Espanol has more than 30 Spanish-lingo channels, including CNN en Espanol, Infinito, Telefe Intl., Discovery en Espanol and ESPN Deportes.
Cablevision customers in New York City, Newark and Hudson County, N.J., receive the Telemundo, Univision and TeleFutura broadcast channels as part of their standard channel lineup. Univision-owned feevee Galavision is available to Cablevision subscribers as part of the Family Cable and other upgraded packages.