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Tres
Tr3́s TV Network 2010.png
Launched September 25, 2010
Owned by Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Not yet available in HD.
Slogan MTV, Música y Más
(MTV, Music and More)
Country United States
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Formerly called MTV en Español (1999–2006)
Replaced Más Música (1998–2006)
MTV en Español (1999–2006)
Sister channel(s) MTV, MTV2
Website http://www.tr3s.com/
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on some TV stations Check listings
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 445
Channel 1445 (VOD)
Dish Network Channel 872
G-18
N/Central America/Caribbean
1110 V / 29270 / 3/4 / Digicipher 2
VCT 766 / Channel 770 (West)
(Transponder 17)
AMC 11
N/Central America/Caribbean
1155 V / 19510 / 3/4 / Digicipher 2
VCT 480 / Channel 325 (East)
(Transponder 15)
Cable
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for availability

Tres (stylized as tr3́s, tres, Spanish for the number three) is an American cable, satellite and over-the-air network. Tr3s includes lifestyle series, customized music video playlists, news documentaries that celebrate Latino culture, music and artists, and English-subtitled programming in Spanish imported from the MTV España and MTV Latin America channels.1 The channel is targeted toward bilingual Latinos and non-Latino Americans aged 12 to 34.2

The channel is headed by Jose Tillan, Executive Vice President and General Manager. As of August 2013, approximately 36 million American households (32% of households with television) receive Tr3s.3

History

Logo of MTV en Español
Logo of Más Música
Logo of MTV Tres

MTV en Español

In 1998, MTV Networks introduced a new digital-cable channel known as MTV S, the "S" standing for "Spanish".4 Starting October 1, 2001, the channel was re-launched as MTV en Español.5 The channel focused on videos by Latin rock and pop artists.6 This version mainly utilized the eight-hour automated music video playlist wheel used by sister networks MTV2, MTV Hits and MTVX (later MTV Jams) without any original programming, save for repurposed content from MTV's Latin America networks.

Acquisition of Más Música

Más Música, founded in 1998, was an American cable, satellite, and over-the-air network that aired music videos from various Latin American music styles, including salsa, cumbia, regional Mexican, and contemporary Spanish-language hits. Founded by Eduardo Caballero of Caballero Television.7 Más Música carried the minimum required educational and informative and public affairs programming on weekends, and it was carried mainly on low-powered television stations throughout the United States.

In December 2005, Viacom acquired Más Música and ten television stations affiliated with it. The sale was completed in January 2006.8

Launch of MTV Tres

MTV Tr3s unofficially launched on September 4, 2006, when it became available on all cable and satellite systems that previously carried MTV en Español. On September 25, 2006, MTV en Español and Más Música officially merged. The first show on the newly formed channel was the premiere of Mi TRL at 4:30 p.m. ET. There is only one feed for MTV Tr3s in the United States, as show times advertised on the station do not adjust based on time zone. For example, a new episode of Mi TRL, which regularly airs Monday at 4:30 PM Eastern /3:30 Central as advertised on the station, would air at 1:30 PM in the Pacific Time Zone.

Some former Más Música affiliates did not pick up MTV Tr3s. WZXZ-CA in Orlando, Florida reverted to MTV2 for a very short time, and then starting showing a religious infomercial repeated over-and-over, while WUBX-CA and WBXU-LP in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina metro area went off the air completely.

In its beginnings, the programming schedule of MTV Tr3s was significantly more repetitive than MTV en Español was in its last days. The channel aired shows such as Hola, My Name is MTV Tr3s, the Top 20 Countdown, Los Hits, Mis #1s, Sucker Free Latino (only 2 new shows per week), Latina Factor, Mi TRL, MTV Tr3spass, Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, Making the Video, and Diary . These programs were repeated for most of the day, which greatly reduced the amount of freeform music videos played on the channel. As months passed, however, the programming became more varied and diverse, with changing music video blocks airing several times in the day.

MTV Tres also ran short clips, which continue to air on the channel to this day, promoting the channel. The clips were intended to transition from commercial breaks to regular programming. They include the "MTV Tr3s: We Speak Your Language" original launch ad campaign, showing a short clip of a situation where the behavior and attitude of a younger Latino in this generation was different from that of an older Latino. Also, artists of Latino or Hispanic descent were shown voicing their opinions on certain aspects of culture of their native country or of Latinos living in America. Those such clips included "Pitbull on Cuban Women", "Jeannie Ortega on Parties", and "Frankie J on being Latino".

On February 5, 2007, the channel held its first "Spankin' New" week, which featured daily music video premieres, the premiere of Wrestling Society X (although the show had been already airing on MTV back on January 30), and the debut of a new episode of Making the Video, which covered the first single, "Qué Hiciste" from Jennifer Lopez's first full-length Spanish-language album, Como Ama una Mujer.

Relaunch as Tres

On July 12, 2010, MTV Tres dropped the MTV moniker from its logo to officially become simply Tr3s.9dead link

Programming

Music video shows

Some blocks of music videos were known as Cafeina10 between 6:00 to 10:00 AM (was called cortadito till September 2008)(EST), Videorama11 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM (EST) (scheduled rarely), and Videosomnia12 between 2:00 to 6:00 AM (EST). Other music video programming not hosted by VJ's has included:

  • Classic Co.13 – mix of videos from Latino artists of the 1980s and 1990s such as Selena, Ricky Martin, and Marc Anthony. The title is most likely an English-language play on the Spanish term for "classic", clásico, as the title might stand for "Classic Company". Airs weekdays 10:00 AM Eastern /7:00 AM Pacific Time Zone(has not aired since early 2008).
  • Los Hits14 – Based on MTV's Big Ten and Más Música's Los Top 10, this show features the most popular videos in rotation on MTV Tr3s. It was hosted by Carlos Santos or Denise Ramirez featuring interviews with popular artists, but in March 2007 the program dropped the VJ format(not aired since mid-2007).
  • Tr3s or False a music-video text message based game show that awards viewers points for answering questions correctly; the points can be redeemed for prizes(discontinued in early 2009).
  • Music My Guey a music video show featuring viewer requested videos.
  • Top 2014 – Similar to Las 40 Principales from Más Música, countdown of the top twenty videos rotated on the channel during the week. In late June 2008, the network changed the show's format; most music videos are no longer played in full and the show is now hosted by Carlos Santos.
  • TXTO (pronounced "texto", Spanish for "text")15 – Block of music videos requested by callers who send text messages to the channel, in English or Spanish, dedicating videos to friends or family. Although it is loosely based on Tu Email from Más Música, TXTO does not use a VJ who reads e-mails. However, there may be occasional VJ spots in the program. TXTO URB is its spinoff that is dedicated to urban music videos.16
  • ¡Rock! – aired mostly in the late night hours, a mix of rock music videos from American and Latin-American bands. Among the American bands featured in the lineup are Deftones, which contain Latino vocalist Chino Moreno and turntablist Frank Delgado, and Incubus, which contain Latino drummer Jose Pasillas.(has not aired since October 2007)
  • MixMex17 – music videos of artists from Mexico(replaced with ReMexa in March 2009).
  • Street Mix (later known as El Sonidero)  – block of urban music videos, focusing on artists performing within the genres of hip-hop, reggaeton, and R&B, focusing on Spanish-speaking artists with occasional American videos from non-Latino, English-speaking artists.18(was called EL Sonidero until September 2008)
  • Videoteca- (formally known as V.P.M., short for Video Party Music19) focuses on rhythmic videos (Cancelled on July 12, 2010 due to the relaunch)

These music video programs are hosted by VJ's who mostly host in English.

  • Sucker Free Latino – Hosted by L. Boogs, this show similar to Más Música's Zona Urbana and MTV's Sucker Free plays the popular music videos in the genres of hip-hop, R&B, and reggaeton, mostly from Latino artists, but some videos may come from American artists like The Fugees or Ludacris, with interviews (replaced with SFL5)
  • Mi TRL – Based on MTV's Total Request Live and Más Música's Pidelo, hosted by Carlos Santos, new episodes air weekly on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (with rebroadcasts throughout the week on the channel as well as rebroadcasts on MTV hits), with the top ten requested videos based on voting on the MTV Tr3s website, featuring live performances and interviews.(discontinued along with TRL in November 2008, then revived in February 2009 in entertainment as a second language)
  • Indie 101 – Hosted by Martin Chan, this show similar to Más Música's Rokmania focuses on indie rock bands from Latin America.
  • ReMexa – Hosted by Paulina Garces. A 30 minute daily show featuring music videos of different genres including Banda, Ranchera, Duranguense and Norteña.

MTV Tr3s used opening sequences for music video shows similar to MTV2. To indicate the beginning of a music video program, a still photograph of a place from a city or neighborhood would be displayed, with MTV Tr3s' "accented three" (3́)logo animating and leading to a monochrome title card with the music video program title displayed. These opening sequences were changed in late August 2008.

Tr3s has also broadcast other MTV music-related specials such as MTV Goes Gold: New Year's Eve 2007 and Common and will.i.am Present: The Music of Freedom Writers. Occasionally, Making the Video may air on MTV Tr3s, if the video is performed by or features an artist of Latino or Hispanic origin. In addition, for the last two weeks of September 2007, the channel rebroadcast the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, in conjunction with their broadcast of MTV Latin America Video Music Awards.

On the week of September 17 to 20, 2007, the channel showed highlights from the Rock am Ring music festival daily at midnight EST (9:00 PM PST), focusing on one band's set each day.

Non-music programming

Currently, some reality shows also air on the channel, taken from the main MTV channel and subtitled in Spanish as well as Spanish-language programming from MTV Latin America and Nickelodeon Latin America subtitled in English for broadcast in the United States. These types of programs air for no more than three hours at a time, thus allowing more music videos to be played during the day. Some programming may have little or nothing to do with Latino culture and possibly only airs to maintain rights to the programming in syndication.

Tr3s introduced "Tr3s Jr.," a Spanish-language version of the Nick Jr. block, in July 2010, featuring Spanish language dubs of Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues (branded as Pistas de Blue and only including episodes hosted by Steve Burns) and Wonder Pets. The block is no longer on Tr3s as of October 2010.

Class A affiliates and Tr3s' one full-power affiliate, KBEH-TV, air Nick Jr. programs Allegra's Window and Gullah Gullah Island in order to fulfill E/I programming requirements.

Re-aired programming

Original programming

Broadcast affiliates

Most of the broadcast stations that air Tr3s serve communities with large Hispanic populations. On the merge of Más Música and MTV Tr3s, however, former Más Música affiliate WZXZ-CA in Orlando, Florida converted to MTV2 then became affiliated with AmericaTeVe, and WUBX-CA and WBXU-LP in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina metro area went off the air completely. Tr3s is carried nationwide on most major digital cable and satellite television providers, including in areas that do not have an MTV Tr3s affiliate.

These are the current broadcast stations airing Tr3s. (Stations in BOLD are owned & operated by Viacom)

City Station/Channel Number Notes

California

Fresno  KHMM-CD 23 / KZMM-CD 22
Sacramento  KMMK-LP 14 / KMUM-CD 15
Salinas / Monterey / Santa Cruz - KMMD-CD 39
San Luis Obispo  KMMA-CD 41
Santa Barbara  KVMM-CD 41
Santa Maria  KQMM-CD 29
Stockton / Modesto  KMMW-LD 47

Indiana

Indianapolis  WBXI-CA 47 20 CBS Television Stations O&O 21

Texas

Amarillo  KAMM-LP 30
Austin  KGBS-CA 32
San Antonio  KMHZ-LP 11 / KGMM-CA 44

Former affiliates

City Station/Channel Notes Current Status
Los Angeles  KBEH 63 (Now an affiliate to CNN Latino)
San Diego  KSDY-LD (Was also seen in parts of Tijuana, Mexico ) (Now an affiliate to V-MAS)
San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose KMMC-LP 40 (Now an affiliate to 3ABN Latino)
Denver  KLPD-LD 28.2 (Now affiliated with BIZ TV)
West Palm Beach  WBWP-LD 57 (Now an affiliate to Mundo Fox)
Atlanta  WTBS-LP 26 analog (Also was seen on WANN-LD 32.2 digital (29 physical)) WTBS-LP - Replaced by Mundo Fox
WANN-LD - Replaced by Retro Television Network
Laughlin  KMOH-TV 6 (Now an affiliate to Mundo Fox)
Beaumont  KUMY-LD 22 (Now an affiliate to Retro Television Network)
Brownsville  XHRIO-TV 2 Was shown during the overnight and early morning hours22 (also was seen around Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico) Now a Mundo Fox Affiliate
Corpus Christi  KCBO-LP 49 (Now an affiliate to FamilyNet)
Dallas / Fort Worth  KATA-CD 50 (Now an affiliate to LATV)
Del Rio / Eagle Pass  KVAW 16 (also was seen in major cities in Mexico near the border between Texas and Coahuila, Mexico) (Currently Silent)
McAllen / Harlingen  KFXV-LD 67 / KTIZ-LP 52, XHRIO-TV (secondary affiliation during early morning hours) XHRIO-TV - Now a Mundo Fox Affiliate
KFXV-LD/KTIZ-LP - Now Fox (Primary) / My Network TV (Secondary)
Midland / Odessa  K22IZ 22.1 (Now an affiliate to Tele-Romantica)

See also

References

  1. ^ Navarro, Mireya (2006-09-25). "MTV's New Spanish Channel (page 1 of 2)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ Becker, Anne (2006-04-03). "MTV Christens MTV Tr3s". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hay, Carla. MTV Latin Channel To Become 'MTV EspaÑol'. Billboard: August 24, 2001
  5. ^ Hay, Carla. Latin Mtv Set To Relaunch As Mtv Español. Billboard: September 1, 2001
  6. ^ Marroquin, Elena. Hispanic Cable Television Landscape. Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau
  7. ^ Meet Eduardo Caballero
  8. ^ Higgins, John M. (2006-04-02). "MTV Makes Bilingual Music". Broadcastingcable.com. Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  9. ^ "Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas is the PLace to Be on July 12th for Latinos Seeking a New Prime-Time Destination". Earth Times. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ Cortadito
  11. ^ Videorama
  12. ^ Videosomnia
  13. ^ Classic Co.
  14. ^ a b Los hits
  15. ^ TXTO
  16. ^ TXTO URB
  17. ^ MixMex
  18. ^ El Sonidero
  19. ^ Video party mix
  20. ^ tr3s Indianapolis Website
  21. ^ tr3s Indianapolis Website
  22. ^ "Programming". Fox Rio 2 website. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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