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Azteca América
Type Broadcast
television network
Country United States
Availability National; also distributed northern Mexico
Founded by Ricardo Salinas Pliego
Owner Azteca International Corporation
(TV Azteca)
Key people Luis J. Echarte
Launch date 2001
Former names None
Official Website

Azteca América is a broadcast television network marketed toward Spanish-speaking families residing in the United States. As a rapidly-growing Spanish language network, Azteca América now reaches 89% of the Hispanic households in the U.S., operating in sixty-two markets nationwide. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V, Azteca América has access to programming from TV Azteca’s three national networks including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. The network complements Mexican programming with a line-up of shows from international producers and distributors.

Azteca América was founded in 2001 with a television network based in Los Angeles, California. The initial affiliates were located in Reno, Nevada as well as the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose and Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto markets in California. The initial reach of the Hispanic market was 28%.

By the next year, Azteca América was reaching 53% of the U.S. Hispanics and the network started its own news show called Hechos América with Rebecca Sáenz and José Martín Sámano. In 2003, the network covered 69% of the Hispanic audience and the number increased to 78% by 2004.

Most of the programming on Azteca América is provided by TV Azteca's XHDF-TV Azteca 13), (XHIMT-TV Azteca 7) and (XHTVM-TV Proyecto 40), with most programs being scheduled to air at different times than the TV Azteca schedule. For example, Azteca 13's Hechos Noche airs on a 2 hour delayed basis on Azteca América.

Azteca América airs Noticiero Nacional Azteca América: Edición Vespertina and Edición Nocturna with José Martín Sámano. On Friday, February 6, 2009, the network announced that it has cancelled all its newscasts and plans to announce a binational newscast produced out of its Mexico City sister station Azteca 7.

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