Monday, May 09, 2011

Houston's 55 KTBU is becoming a Spanish network called Mega TV

I kind of wondered about some of the recent programming changes over at Houston's 55 KTBU (formerly The Tube). It all started when I heard lots of its locally produced shows were getting the axe. Now we know why as the station is being sold to Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. which will air Mega TV on the channel.

Interesting swap lately. We've recently seen KNWS 51 go Spanish, Channel 57 KUBE become English and now KTBU 55 go Spanish.

Here is more from the official release:

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. ("SBS" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:SBSA) announced today that on May 2, 2011, it entered into an agreement to acquire KTBU-TV (Digital 42;Virtual Channel 55) and other television assets serving the Houston market from U.S. Farm & Ranch Supply Company, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries for $16.0 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011, pending FCC approval.

KTBU-TV is a full-power television facility reaching approximately 1.8 million households in Houston, the nation's fourth-largest Hispanic television market, through its over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution platforms.

Raúl Alarcón, President and CEO of SBS, commented, "Houston is a leading U.S. Hispanic market and this transaction is an ideal expansion of our Mega TV footprint, given the rapidly growing national Hispanic population."

The Company intends to fund the acquisition from cash-on-hand and free cash flow generated from operations.

Since SBS launched Mega TV five years ago, the network has expanded its distribution to 5.6 million households via affiliates in 11 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as cable and satellite distribution throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS leverages its diversified media resources to provide infrastructural support to Mega TV and develops original content for the network at production facilities located in Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico, with additional bureaus in New York and Los Angeles.

"Mega TV has always been at the forefront in providing original Hispanic programming to an audience that expects high quality and engaging content. We are proud to expand our commitment to our viewers by bringing Mega TV to Houston on KTBU Channel 55," commented Albert Rodriguez, Chief Revenue Officer of SBS.

http://www.mega.tv/

23 comments:

  1. So where is the TUBE now?

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  2. no kidding.... I was ready to watch Cash Cab and it is still listed on tvguide.com for the 4-5pm hour. Oh well :( time to delete the channel 55

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  3. Yes...where is the TUBE now?! I need Cash Cab and Rachael Ray! I already had to figure out where she went when she left Channel 2.

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  4. I am so sick and tired of the U.S. going Spanish. This is an English speaking country and it getting to the point the illegals are getting more TV then the English speaking people. I can't even drive down the road without the billboard being in Spanish, or walk in a store without everything being unreadable. And now some of my favorite TV shows are go in favor of Spanish speaking programing. When with this crap ever end?!?

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    1. WHEN YOU DIE! STUPID RED NECK.

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  5. This is BS. All this Spanish-only crap is a big "f*** you!" to those of us who actually want to enjoy the culture of the country we live in, not the one we fought like hell to leave.

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  6. Wow... They swapped Frasier for a Spanish puppet show. Could their be a more stark contrast between programming for the intellectuals and that for morons?!

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  7. Im very disappointed with loosing classic tv for spanish tv. Im from houston and speak spanish. There are people who cant afford cable so we watch with a converter. And would perfer classic movies. There are to many spanish shows on regular tv. Not enough english ones.Just like ABC taking of all my children,one life to live for another talk show they could have put talk show on another cable channel or another channel on regular tv.

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  8. Welcome to The United States of Mexico, amigos. I hope you guys better brush up on your High-School Spanish.

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  9. Just how many spanish channels do we need?

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  10. I also feel that it is very unfair to change everything in the favor of illegal's. Even if they come over here legally and don't learn our language and expect us to learn theirs, they need to all go back to where they came from. I also don't like the fact that 13 is taking AMC and OLTL off. There is already to many talk shows and reality shows on. The networks just want to bore us and the government don't care about the people any more.

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  11. We now have 13 Spanish channels on cable that we are paying for that none of us English speaking Americans can enjoy or understand, --all because of this politically correct b.s. wave that is sweeping the nation.That's 13 channels-worth of our hard earned money being flushed down the crapper just to accommodate people who have no right to be here. --Not to mention how many other billions of dollars of our hard earned money that's being flushed away for ILLEGAL aliens. Accommodating millions of ILLEGAL aliens is NOT what's politically correct. What's correct, politically or otherwise, is providing for the people of this country who are here legally, contributing lawfully to our society, and adapting to our culture. The official language of America is English. And for those Spanish speaking people who are here legally, you can get plenty of Spanish speaking channels on satellite t.v. Leave cable alone. Those who don't speak English here need to learn to speak it and blend in with American society. And if you can't do that, then go back where you came from, --no matter what language you speak or where you came from. Illegals (primarily from south of the border) get FREE medical, FREE handouts from the U.S. gov't, FREE this that and the other yet pay nothing into our gov't. And now they get 13 channels of entertainment catering to them all in the name of political correctness??!! Absolute B.S.!! We didn't ask for all these Spanish channels to be shoved down our throats. We certainly didn't sign up to pay for them. But yet, you network nitwits keep shoving this down our throats. If you network nitwits are so hell-bent on providing entertainment for Spanish speaking people, then go back south of the border and do it there and leave our cable t.v. alone. We're sick and tired of wasting our hard earned money on millions of people who don't contribute to our society or gov't !! You people at KTBU are not a part of the solution. You're a part of the problem !!

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  12. This station isn't a PBS station, it is a station that is programming where they think they will make money. So if people had really watched the English 55, the owners would have kept it and not sold it. Now maybe the Spanish 55 won't make money either, if they don't it may go English again.

    Just a couple of notes: there are more legal immigrants than illegal in this country and if you love English so much, why don't you learn to spell and punctuate correctly.

    Lisa

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  13. So does this mean no more I love Lucy? :( My mom and I loved to watch it everyday at 3.

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  14. where do we get answers? I see questions but no answers. We were furious that cheers was taken off...now where do we go to find old reruns of it?

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  15. GOODS NEWS EVERYONE! I was so desperate to find I Love Lucy on TV, because no more 55 :(. So while I was flipping through the channels, I came across channel 57.5 MeTV! Every old great show you can think of comes on! I Love Lucy, Cheers, and many many more! I'm soooo happy!

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  16. I cannot believe they swaped South Park and RENO 911! to a another spanish shows. That means South Park and RENO 911! are going to be on CW39 again

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  17. Spelling? Punctuation? You missed a question mark on your reply, Lisa. Tsk--tsk. Where's your punctuation? The difference is ---spelling or punctuation, at least those who communicate in English can do just that. Communicate in English, punctuation or spelling notwithstanding. (I saw no misspelled words in Anonymous' note.) And you just proved Anonymous' point. Yes, there are more legal immigrants than illegal immigrants in this country. From Europe, Asia, Africa, S. America, etc etc. But they know or learned English in order to fit in American society. How many German speaking tv stations are there here? Or Italian? or French? or Swahili? or Mandarin? etc. etc. The only foreign language t.v stations we are having forced on us is Spanish stations, and at our expense. If they miss entertainment in their own native language (Spanish) they can pay for it themselves with satellite t.v. to receive stations from where they came from. Why should English speaking citizens have to pay for Spanish speaking stations that we neither want nor understand? Press 1 for English. There should be no other options to press at the expense of English speaking American citizens.

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  18. They also swaped Rachael Ray to a spanish show. That means Rachael Ray is going to be on KUBE 57.

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  19. I'm from Europe but just can't understand why and how did you let this happen. I mean really, what's with the bilingual/spanish BS in the States. If we wveryone adopted this logic you'd be having over 200 semi (and in the future even full) -official languages. What a shame for a unity and cultural identity of a (obviousily 9once) great nation... :(

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  20. wow to all those that complaint....Just get us Hispanics we have more spending power than yall so just f***ck off and deal with it.we taking over....lol

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  21. FYI, Mega TV channel is from Miami mostly cuban shows nothing compare to mexican because we are tired of Univision with the mexican shows and drama that is always the same crap (I'm sorry mexicans but our culture is way to different) And let me set this straight for some of you ignorants not all hispanic are illegal in this country and not all of us are mexican. Didn't they teach you guys at school how many countries speak spanish? Anyway try some rice with beans and roasted pork caribbean style instead of tacos or burritos because you critized mexicans but you all enjoy eating their food and maybe you'll understand. :)

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