31 Facts About Univision


Univision is an American Spanish-language free-to-air television network owned by TelevisaUnivision.

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Univision is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and has its major studios, production facilities, and business operations based in Doral, Florida .

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Univision is available on pay television providers throughout most of the United States, with local stations in over 60 markets with large Latin American communities.

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Univision signed contracts to develop programs hosted by Cristina Saralegui and Chilean-born Mario Kreutzberger – better known as Don Francisco – for the network.

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Univision began production of its first morning program, Mundo Latino, which was anchored by Cuban natives Lucy Pereda and Frank Moro; Moro left the network to move to Mexico to continue his career as a soap opera actor, the network then brought in Jorge Ramos to replace him.

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In 1988, Blaya substantially ramped up production of American-based programs on Univision's lineup, reducing the share of programming imported from Latin America on its schedule.

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However, the network's fortunes began to wane following the Hallmark purchase, when Televisa terminated its programming agreement with Univision, taking along with it the company's popular telenovelas.

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That year, Univision increased its advertising rates and was able to increase its cash flow, which allowed to go on to a purchase mode, acquiring KXLN, the first Spanish-language television station in the Houston market.

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Univision increased its advertising rates and subsequently was able to acquire KXLN, the first Spanish-language television station in the Houston market.

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In June 2001, Univision entered into a local marketing agreement with Raycom Media to operate two television stations in Puerto Rico, WLII in Caguas and WSUR in Ponce, as part of a planned and protracted purchase of the two stations.

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Since that point, Univision signed affiliation agreements with television stations owned by other media companies in cities such as Detroit, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Kansas City – expanding its affiliate body further outside the Univision-owned stations and stations owned by Entravision Communications.

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In late 2004, a feud began between Perenchio and Televisa head Emilio Azcarraga Jean, regarding Univision's continual editing of Televisa's programming, and the failure to pay for rights to broadcast Televisa-produced sports and specials.

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Later that year, Univision hosted the first Spanish-language presidential debate in the United States at the University of Miami, featuring candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

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In 2020, Univision was acquired by foreign investors and Wade Davis was appointed CEO.

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In November 2021, Univision reacquired local stations in Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL and Washington, DC from affiliate operator Entravision.

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Univision operates on a 164-hour network programming schedule, which it adopted in January 2013.

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Univision operates its own television production unit, Univision Studios, which its corporate parent launched in 2009 and produces original content for the network.

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In 2004, Univision published a list of words it edited from programs broadcast by the network to comply with broadcast decency standards set by the Federal Communications Commission.

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Since 2013, Univision has edited various telenovelas aired within its prime time schedule if a telenovela does not garner sufficient ratings; as such, scenes from a single program comprising 1½ to three episodes are sometimes removed and combined to fit into a one-hour timeslot.

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In 1987, Univision appointed Roberto FE Soto – a former producer at NBC News – to produce a revamped flagship evening newscast, Noticiero Univision, becoming the network's youngest executive; the network reassigned Ramos and hired veteran journalist Maria Elena Salinas to co-anchor the evolving network newscast.

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Univision eventually decided to expand its news programming to afternoons; in 1992, the network debuted Noticias y Mas, anchored by Nespral, Ambrosio Hernandez and Raul Peimbert; Myrka Dellanos joined the program after Nespral's departure later that year.

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Univision had other plans for the moribund show: the network revamped its format, changed its name and its theme music, and hired Puerto Rican-born Maria Celeste Arraras as a weekend reporter to serve as Dellanos' partner; the retooled newsmagazine series became Primer Impacto in February 1994.

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In June 1989, Univision launched a weekday and Saturday morning block, Univision y Los Ninos, was in partnership of DIC Entertainment .

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In 1991, Univision introduced "Chispavision", featuring the notable program was El Show de Xuxa, a variety-based series starring the Southern Brazilian entertainer, which became a hit in the U S when it debuted on the network in 1992 .

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In 2003, Univision reduced the amount of children's programming on its schedule, reserving weekend morning and Saturday early afternoon timeslots for youth-oriented telenovelas.

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Univision maintains affiliations with low-power stations in several markets, including a few larger markets such as San Diego, Minneapolis-St Paul, and Kansas City .

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In other areas of the U S, Univision provides a national cable network feed that is distributed directly to cable, satellite and IPTV providers as an alternative method of distribution in markets without either the availability or the demand for a locally based owned-and-operated or affiliate station.

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Univision provides video on demand access for delayed viewing of full episodes of the network's programming through various means, including its TV Everywhere service UVideos, a traditional VOD service – called Univision on Demand – which is carried on most traditional cable and IPTV providers, and through content deals with Hulu and iTunes.

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Univision NOW is identical to UVideos in terms of content and features, offering a catalog of telenovelas, news programming, reality series, awards shows and archived football matches .

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However, three Univision-affiliated stations transmit the network feed in 480i standard definition; two of the stations are primary feed Univision affiliates that have not yet made technical upgrades to their transmission equipment to allow content to be presented in HD, while the third runs a standard-definition simulcast of its main HD feed on a digital subchannel.

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Univision programming is available in Mexico through affiliates in markets located within proximity to the Mexico–United States border, whose signals are readily receivable over-the-air in border areas of northern Mexico.

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