El Rey Network

El Rey Network (Spanish for The King) is an American television network founded by Robert Rodriguez that launched on December 15, 2013 and is owned in a joint venture with Univision and Cox Communications. Targeting a Hispanic American audience, the network specializes in grindhouse-style content.

El Rey Network
El Rey Network.png
LaunchedDecember 15, 2013 (2013-12-15)
Owned byEl Netwarko Groupo (Robert Rodriguez, Univision Communications, Cox Communications)
Picture format
SloganRide With Us
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
Sister channel(s)Fusion
Websitewww.elreynetwork.com
Availability
Cable
Available on some cable systemsVaries by cable provider
Verizon FiOS198
IPTV
Google Fiber342
Streaming media
VidGoInternet Protocol television

As of March 2015, approximately 40 million households receive El Rey Network.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

El Rey Network was one of two ethnic outlets created as part of an agreement between Comcast, NBC Universal, and the FCC as a condition for the merger between the former two broadcasters (the other network being Revolt).[1][1]

The network's headquarters was in Austin, Texas, and launched as part of the digital basic service on some of Comcast's systems.[3][4] Comcast announced that the network was expected to debut by January 2014.[5] In August 2012, the network announced that its CEO was Antoinette Alfonso Zel.[6] In May 2013, Univision announced that it was investing in El Rey.[7][8]

In November 2013, it was announced that the production of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series had begun.[9] Upon launch in the week of December 15, 2013,[10] El Rey was also offered by cable companies Time Warner Cable,[11][12] with Bright House Networks offering soon later in January 2014,[13] and Cox Communications by February 2014.[10]

The first satellite service to host El Rey was DirecTV in January 2014,[14]

That year, Lucha libre program Lucha Underground, featuring wrestlers from Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) and produced by Mark Burnett, premiered on October 29, 2014.[15][16] The show would go on to become the network's flagship series and both it, and the correspoding promotion, received positive reception.[17][18]

Dish Network would begin carrying El Rey in January 2015.[19] The following month, El Rey was made available through cable company Suddenlink Communications in select markets.[20] In July 2016, it was added to the Verizon Fios lineup. However, it was removed, along with all other Univision networks, in October 2017 due to carriage disputes.[citation needed]

ProgrammingEdit

El Rey Network primarily airs action films and oriented television series. Annual programming include a marathon of Toho-produced Godzilla films during the Christmas & Independence Day weekends and the Thanksgiving Way of the Turkey marathon of kung fu films.

Current programmingEdit

As of August 2019[21]

Original programmingEdit

Acquired programmingEdit

Former programmingEdit

Former original programmingEdit

 
El Rey correspondent Chuey Martinez (in the hat) posing with the cast and crew of Explosion Jones at the 2017 New York Comic Con

Former acquired programmingEdit

Film releasesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Rodman, Sarah (January 26, 2014). "New cable networks hope to blaze a trail". Boston Globe. 285 (26). pp. N1, N8 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "Distribution approximation as of March 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Dinges, Gary (June 11, 2014). "El Rey network to be based in Austin". Austin American-Statesman. 143 (321). Austin, Texas: Cox Media Group. pp. B7, B8 – via Newspapers.com. Note: the link provided is for page B7; here is the link to page B8.
  4. ^ "Comcast to start new minority-owned cable channels". Sports Illustrated. February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Molloy, Tim. "Comcast Announces New Networks With Magic Johnson, Sean Combs, Robert Rodriguez". Reuters. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "El Rey Network Announces Antoinette Alfonso Zel As CEO". PR Newswire. August 6, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Univision Communications and El Rey Network Announce Strategic Partnership, Unveil Upcoming Scripted Series". Univision. May 14, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Univision pairs with Rodriguez on El Rey network". Associated Press. May 14, 2013. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  9. ^ T2's Robert Patrick & More Join 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series', by Craig Hunter
  10. ^ a b de la Fuente, Anna Marie. "Univision's Fourth Quarter, Full Year Revenue Rises". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Univision, Time Warner Cable strike new distribution deal". Los Angeles Times. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Poggi, Jeanine. "New TV Networks Scorecard: Eight Cable Channels to Watch in 2014". Advertising Age. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Bright House Networks Launches Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlNovelas". Bright House Networks. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "DIRECTV Rumor Alert (El Rey Network launched 1/1)". satelliteguys.us.
  15. ^ Caldwell, James (July 10, 2014). "AAA news: El Rey announces AAA Lucha Libre show for U.S. TV - timeslot, show title, more details". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Lucha Underground promotion TV debut moved back three weeks". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "5/20 Moore's Lucha Underground Review: The Crew vs. Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico in a Ladder Match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship, Marty The Moth vs. Prince Puma, Daivari vs. Texano". Prowrestling.net. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "Lucha Underground: A new era in wrestling". ESPN. January 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 15, 2016.
  19. ^ Reynolds, Mike. "Dish Inks Distribution Deal with El Rey". MultiChannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  20. ^ Farrell, Mike. "Suddenlink Launches El Rey Network". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  21. ^ "Shows on El Rey Network".
  22. ^ Two El Rey Series Stream Over to VRV
  23. ^ "Man at Arms: Art of War: Season 1" Archived August 20, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. El Rey Network. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  24. ^ El Rey Network Greenlights Second Season Of ‘Man At Arms: Art Of War’
  25. ^ "El Rey Network To Air Legendary "Baja Desert Championship: Baja 500" On August 6th At 5 PM ET". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  26. ^ a b "El Rey Network Adds Pair of Evening Talk Shows". Multichannel.com. April 16, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  27. ^ "Mondo-Powered Animation Hour Headed To El Rey Network". Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  28. ^ "Martial Arts Series 'Bushido Battleground' Gets Green Light At El Rey Network". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  29. ^ Negley, Erin (April 6, 2015). "Making the Cut". LNP. 220 (292). Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Steinman Communications – via Newspapers.com.
  30. ^ Starace, Alex (Winter 2017). "Animation Creation: Octopie Network Spreads its Tentacles". International Opulence Magazine. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Horizon Publishing. p. 99. Retrieved January 24, 2020. Note: Scroll down the target page to the digital magazine for Winter 2017/2018 and access page 99.
  31. ^ "El Rey Network To Boost Original Content By 50%; 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Still In Limbo – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  32. ^ "El Rey Network to show marathon of Muhammad Ali's 1977 animated series". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 20, 2018.

Further readingEdit

  • Rodriguez, Robert (March 14, 2014). "Tailor-made cable". The Morning Call (Interview) (44357). Interviewed by Meredith Blake. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Tribune Newspapers – via Newspapers.com.

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