El Rey Network (Spanish for ''The King'') is a media brand founded by Robert Rodriguez that launched on December 15, 2013 and is owned in a joint venture with FactoryMade Ventures. From that date until December 31, 2020, it was the name for a full-scale cable and satellite channel with distribution across many American pay television providers. As of March 2015, approximately 40 million households received El Rey Network. Its carriage had fallen to only 13 million households in the network's last month.


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). The network's headquarters was in Austin, Texas, and launched as part of the digital basic service on some of Comcast's systems. Comcast announced that the network was expected to debut by January 2014. In August 2012, the network announced that its CEO was Antoinette Alfonso Zel. In May 2013, Univision announced that it was investing in El Rey. In November 2013, it was announced that the production of ''From Dusk till Dawn: The Series'' had begun. Upon launch in the week of December 15, 2013, El Rey was also offered by cable companies Time Warner Cable, with Bright House Networks offering soon later in January 2014, and Cox Communications by February 2014. The first satellite service to host El Rey was DirecTV in January 2014, 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. The show would go on to become the network's flagship series and both it, and the corresponding promotion, received positive reception. Dish Network would begin carrying El Rey in January 2015. The following month, El Rey was made available through cable company Suddenlink Communications in select markets. In July 2016, it was added to the Verizon Fios lineup.

Carriage decline and end of operations

On November 12, 2018, Dish Network removed the channel from their lineup. On January 23, 2020, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse both removed the network from their lineup. On March 30, 2020, Cox stopped carrying the network. In July 2020, Charter removed the channel nationwide from their lineup. On November 6, 2020, Univision announced it had sold its stake in El Rey as it dealt with its private equity takeover. The lack of a carriage partner led to Rodriguez announcing on December 8 the network would cease operations in its current form on December 31, 2020. He also said he would likely relaunch the network as a digital-only brand. The network faded to black without any ceremony at 2:59 a.m. Eastern, following an episode of ''Lucha Underground'' titled "Pet Cemetery".


El Rey Network aired action genre films and lifestyle programming. Annual programming included 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.

Final programming

* ''The Director's Chair with Robert Rodriguez'' (2014–2020) * ''Man at Arms: Art of War'' (2017–2020) * ''Baja Desert Championship'' (2017–2020) * ''The Chuey Martinez Show'' (2019–2020) * ''United Tacos of America'' (2019–2020) * ''El Rey Nation'' (2019–2020) * ''¡MARIA!'' with Maria Cardona (2020) * ''Vampiro: Unleashed'' (2020) * ''Correctamundo!'' (2020) * ''Lucha Underground'' (2014–2018) * ''Bushido Battleground'' (2017) *''Cutting Crew'' * ''Explosion Jones'', starring Michael Madsen Note: Scroll down the target page to the digital magazine for Winter 2017/2018 and access page 99. * ''From Dusk till Dawn: The Series'' (2014–2016) * ''Matador'' (2014) * ''Rebel Without a Crew: The Series'' (2018) * ''Rite of Passage'' (2017)

Former acquired programming

* ''19-2'' * ''Airwolf'' * ''Alien Nation'' * ''Almost Human'' * ''Biker Mice from Mars'' * ''Clerks: The Animated Series'' * ''Cold Squad'' * ''Constantine'' * ''Core Culture'' * ''Crunch Time'' * ''Day 5'' * ''Demons'' * ''Flatland'' * ''Freddy's Nightmares'' * ''Human Target'' * ''I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali'' * ''Incredible Hulk'' * ''Kidnapped'' * ''Knight Rider'' * ''Mercy Point'' * ''Miami Vice'' * ''Mondo Animation Hour'' * ''Night Visions'' * ''Pros vs. Joes'' * ''Quantum Leap'' * ''Red vs. Blue'' * ''Relic Hunter'' * ''Texas Justice'' * ''Toxic Crusaders'' * ''Stargate Atlantis'' * ''Stargate SG-1'' * ''Starhunter: ReduX'' * ''Starsky and Hutch'' * ''The A-Team'' * ''The Twilight Zone'' * ''The X-Files'' * ''V'' * ''Xena: Warrior Princess''

Film releases

* ''Crow's Blood'' * ''Kung Fury'' * ''The People's Network Showcase''

See also

* Robert Rodriguez * Corey Burton, Continuity announcer.


Further reading


External links

* {{official website|http://www.elreynetwork.com Category:2013 establishments in Texas Category:2020 disestablishments in Texas Category:Television channels and stations established in 2013 Category:Television channels and stations disestablished in 2020 Category:Defunct television networks in the United States Category:Robert Rodriguez