September 9, 2008
HITN-TV Launches in Houston on Channel 526
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- HITN, the first Spanish-language educational and cultural network in the United States, is proud to announce that it is extending its national reach by bringing its award-winning programming to Houston on Comcast. Comcast customers who subscribe to the Canales Selecto package in Houston will now have the opportunity to tune in to HITN's mix of original educational programming, cultural/news productions, and entertainment series on channel 526.
"The Latino population in Houston has experienced substantial growth in the last decade," said Jose Luis Rodriguez, HITN-TV Founder and President. "We are pleased to launch on Comcast and further expand HITN's presence in the Hispanic market. Our mix of educational, cultural and entertainment programs were created to empower and educate Hispanics to take advantage of the opportunities this country has to offer," Rodriguez adds "The more viewers we can reach, the more HITN can help enable these individuals and families to lead fuller, richer lives."
"We are constantly evaluating our channel lineup to ensure we provide our customers with high-quality programming that best meets their diverse interests," said Tony Speller, senior vice president for Comcast's Houston Region. "The enhancements we've made to the Canales Selecto package add even more value and choice to this popular level of service and we're excited to offer this expanded package to our customers."
Some of HITN-TV's programming highlights include: the award-winning Dialogo de Costa a Costa, a daily live talk show that provides a forum for Latinos in the 50 states to share their opinions and ask questions on key issues affecting their families and communities; GED en Espanol, a series of classes to teach Spanish dominant viewers how to obtain their high school diploma; EASY ESL, a series of classes to teach Spanish-language speakers basic and intermediate English language skills; and HITN also has partnerships with Cable in the Classroom and various cultural institutions including the New York Metropolitan Museum to bring quality educational programming to children and young adults.
In April 2008, HITN launched a new show Destination Casa Blanca 2008: The Latino Voice in the Presidential Election. The English-language program marks the first time in history that a nation-wide television show is dedicated solely to issues affecting the Hispanic community. Destination Casa Blanca 2008 is hosted by award-winning broadcast journalists Ray Suarez and Marlene Fernandez. The news magazine show is also available on Elections '08 On Demand Channel reaching a total of 29 million cable homes nationwide.
About HITN, Inc.
The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN) was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization. HITN's mission is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics by providing engaging educational entertainment that invites individuals and families to live fuller, richer lives and enables them to serve as an ever-growing engine of intellectual power and progress. HITN-TV was created in 1987, becoming America's first Public Service Media Network for Latinos. Today, HITN-TV can be found on cable, satellite, video on demand and online reaching over 90 million U.S. households.
HITN provides a unique source of educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs to the homes of Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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CONTACT: Christine Pinzon, Affiliate Relations Coordinator,+1-646-731-3807, for HITN, Inc.
Web site: http://www.hitn.org/