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TeleFutura
Telefutura logo.svg
Type Spanish Broadcast Television Network
Country United States and Mexico

Headquarters: Miami, Florida

Availability National
Founded
Area United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico
Owner Univision Communications, Inc.
Launch date January 14, 2002
Former names None
Official Website www.telefutura.com

TeleFutura is a U.S./Mexican Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida.

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Overview

Telefutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in Primetime.The network started on January 14, 2002, a month behind Telemundo's launch of its cable TV network, the bilingual mun2, with programs such as the 3 hour gossip/Entertainment show Escándalo TV (formerly "Escándalo en el Medio Dia", but later changed due to a similarly named program airing in Mexico by Televisa S.A.) which was designed to compete with similar offerings like Cotorreando from NBC Universal's Telemundo. Commercials for TeleFutura often air on the Univision network. Most of the stations that carry TeleFutura once aired the Home Shopping Network. Univision bought the stations from Barry Diller's USA Broadcasting late in 2001.


TeleFutura's programming consists of telenovelas from Coral Productions, RCTV, RCN and Televisa as well as movies (mainly recent American releases dubbed into Spanish). The network also airs the reality courtroom show Veredicto Final, Futbol Liga Mexicana broadcasts, and sports news (including Contacto Deportivo).

In late 2005, TeleFutura started airing En Vivo y Directo, a 7pm newscast, opposite the taped 4pm news on Galavisión). But the network eventually cancelled "En Vivo y Directo" due to low ratings after only a few weeks and have replaced the newscast with movies.

The network also offers a children programming block called Toonturama to fulfill the E/I requirements. Curiously, this block is shown both on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes mostly American and European series dubbed into Spanish, as Flight Squad and Problem Child except Toad Patrol, it needs to dub into english for fixing the speech. In the past, anime such as Lost Universe, Tenchi Universe, and Red Baron were shown in the block as well.

TeleFutura is also a part of the Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, as Univision owns exclusive US Spanish-language rights. For 2006 it carried eight live games, all in the last days of group play when games are played simultaneously, like ESPN2 did with ESPN for English-language coverage. It also had game replays and recap shows. In addition, and in conjunction, Telefutura also airs an exclusive Major League Soccer game of the week on Sunday afternoon/evening.

In late June 2006, Univision was sold to an investment group including entertainment industry veteran Haim Saban for $13 billion. There are reports on media message boards that TeleFutura is being phased out and several key on air talents are being shifted to Univision and Galavision channels. However these rumors have not been verified, nor will the shutdown of TeleFutura happen anytime soon: According to Nielsen Media Research, in February 2007 TeleFutura made significant gains in viewership at the expense of Telemundo, actually taking over second place among Spanish-language networks in the Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 demos. [1]

In 2010, TeleFutura along with sister network Univision began airing programming in 1080i high definition with a 16:9 aspect ratio. They were the last major over-the-air networks in the United States to have made the switch.

Telefutura keeps teasing in their commercials about a major change that will occur February 2010.

Telenovelas

Weekends

Hour Title Start-End Status
6am/5c Clase 406 December 22, 2007 - Spring 2011 In Progress

Daytime

Hour Title Start-End Status
6am/5c Amor de mis Amores October 26, 2009 - March 26, 2010 In Process
6:30am/5:30c La Viuda de la Mafia April 27, 2009 - March 26, 2010 In Process
8am/7c La Dama de Troya October 8, 2009 - March, 2010 Last Weeks
9am/8c Pura Sangre January 11, 2010 - March 23, 2010 [2 hour run] Grand Finale March 23
11am/10c Esmeralda November 30, 2009 - May 2010 In Process
12md/11c Heridas de Amor March 18, 2010 - September 2010 In Process
1pm/12md Al Diablo con los Guapos February 1, 2010 - October 2010 In Process

Primetime

Hour Title Start-End Status
7pm/6pm El capo February 1, 2010 - June, 2010 (Telefutura HD) In Process
10pm/9pm Vecinos (Colombian telenovela) September 28, 2009 - May 2010 (Telefutura HD) In Process

Coming Soon

Hour Tittle Start-End Status
9am/8c Merlina, Mujer Divina March 24, 2010 Muy Pronto
TBA India, una história de amor* 2010 Muy Pronto
6am/5c Las muñecas de la mafia April 2, 2010 Muy Pronto
4pm/3c Doña Bella April 2010 Muy Pronto

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