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Universo is an American pay television channel owned by the NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises subsidiary of NBCUniversal. The network serves as a companion cable channel to the NBCUniversal's flagship broadcast television network NBC and, to some extent, its Spanish network Telemundo. Aimed at Hispanic Adults between the ages of 18 and 49, the majority of its programming – which is tailored toward bilingual audiences – consists mainly of sports, scripted and reality series, and music programming. The network is headquartered in Miami Springs, Florida, while its master control operations are housed at the CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which serves as master control facilities for most of NBCUniversal's cable networks. The network was founded by Empresas 1BC as GEMS Television. In 2001, the network was acquired by Telemundo and re-branded as mun2. The network was renamed NBC Universo in February 2015 to align it with Telemundo's sister English-language network NBC. , NBC Universo's programming was available to approximately 39.326 million pay television households (33.8% of cable, satellite and telco customers with at least one television set) in the United States. In January 2017, the "NBC" brand was dropped from the network's on-air branding; the network is now simply titled "Universo."

Background

The network was launched on October 10, 1993 as GEMS Television, under founding owner Empresas 1BC. Cable television provider Cox Cable (now Cox Communications) acquired an ownership interest in the network the following year. The network's programming was aimed towards Latino women.

As mun2

In 2001, GEMS was purchased by the Telemundo Communications Group (then a joint venture led by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media), and revamped its programming format to target younger viewers; it was renamed mun2 (pronounced ''mundos'', meaning "worlds," a pun on Telemundo and ''dos'', the Spanish word for the number "2"), a name chosen with the intent to reflect the "two worlds" that Latino Americans live in. Its initial lineup included programs from Telemundo's then sister company Columbia TriStar Television (now Sony Pictures Television), including repeats of Spanish language adaptations of ''Charlie's Angels'' (''Angeles'') and ''The Dating Game'' that had aired on Telemundo as part of a failed programming revamp in 1998 in an attempt to counterprogram its rival, Univision. In addition, mun2 ran blocks of programming from the Home Shopping Network's Spanish language network Home Shopping Español (HSE) daily from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The network's most well known series was the candid reality series ''I Love Jenni'', which featured the life of banda/ranchero singer Jenni Rivera. After her death in a plane crash near Monterrey on December 9, 2012, the final season of the series earned the highest season average of any mun2 original program in its history, reaching a total of 5.5 million people across all of its telecasts during the season's 18-week run. It also ranked as the #1 show among all Hispanic cable networks in every key demographic during its Sunday night premiere. The series on-demand traffic increased, with over eight million video streams on mun2.tv, and over one million video on demand views.

As Universo

left|Logo used until January 17, 2017. On December 24, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that it would relaunch mun2 as NBC Universo on February 1, 2015, to coincide with the network's Spanish-language broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX. The relaunch of the network under the NBC name was designed to reflect the broadcaster's commitment to the Spanish-language television market. Eight months prior to the relaunching announcement, at NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content's upfront presentation at New York City's Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 13, 2014, the company announced that NBC Universo would be revamping its programming. The new line-up would increase its focus on sports coverage (which included the re-organization of Telemundo's sports division as Telemundo Deportes, a branch of the English-language NBC Sports division), primarily in preparation for its broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics and its assumption of Spanish-language cable rights to FIFA tournaments (such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup), which began with the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In January 2017, the "NBC" brand was dropped from the network's on-air branding; the network is now simply titled "Universo."

Programming

Universo's programming consists of sports, original scripted drama series, reality series largely centered on popular Hispanic celebrities, movies, and music videos and music-related magazine programming; it also broadcasts series originating from Telemundo and networks operated as part of sister division NBCUniversal Cable, made up of original series from sister networks Syfy and USA Network, which incorporated Spanish subtitles. To reflect its audience, Universo does not exclusively air programming in Spanish, airing a mix of shows presented in English, dubbed into Spanish and incorporating Spanish language subtitles, and programs presented interchangeably in both languages. Music programming on the network during its existence as mun2 usually consisted of a mix of music video in English and Spanish from a variety of genres. In early April 2009, mun2 introduced two new music video-oriented shows called ''Indie y Nuevo'' (a program focusing more on independent artists, which has since been cancelled) and ''The Urban Tip'' (focusing on R&B, rap and reggaeton videos). In late December 2009, the network dropped its overnight block of infomercials that aired daily from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and replaced it with additional music video programming either in the form of ''Reventon Mix'' (focusing on contemporary Latin party music) or ''Morning Breath'' (featuring a selection of videos from various artists). In January 2010, the network also began broadcasting a weekly block of feature films on Friday nights.

Sports programming

Through the Telemundo Deportes branch of NBC Sports Group, which superseded Telemundo's sports division Deportes Telemundo upon the current unit's creation within NBC Sports Group in May 2015, Universo broadcasts association football matches from select teams within Liga MX (consisting of home games from C.F. Pachuca), and holds the Spanish play-by-by rights to National Football League (NFL) events by way of NBC Sports' broadcasting agreements with the league. As mun2, the network served as the English broadcaster of a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between the United States and Mexico on August 12, 2009. mun2 offered a free preview for the day of the match. As a result of the former Deportes Telemundo reaching an agreement with FIFA to acquire the Spanish language rights to its tournaments on October 22, 2011, mun2 gained the Spanish language cable television rights to select games to the FIFA Men's and Women's World Cup. The deal, which began with the 2015 Women's World Cup and runs through 2026, includes rights to associated FIFA-sanctioned tournaments (including the Men's U-20 and U-17 World Cups, and the Men's Beach Soccer World Cup); the deal was extended on February 12, 2015, to include rights to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In January 2010, NBCUniversal announced that mun2 would continue to broadcast Mexican soccer games (under the brand ''Fútbol Mexicano''); most of the games aired to date usually consisted English language simulcasts of Telemundo's ''Fútbol Estelar'' broadcasts. In February 2010, mun2 debuted ''mun2 Sports Arena'', a half-hour sports news program that aired on Sunday evenings. Through NBC Sports' contract to televise the Premier League, the network began airing Spanish-language simulcasts of select matches broadcast in English on NBCSN with the 2013–14 season. On July 23, 2013, NBC Sports announced that Telemundo and mun2 would broadcast NASCAR events in Spanish in beginning in 2015, as part of NBC's new rights deal to cover the second half of the Cup Series and Xfinity Series season. As a prelude to the new contract, mun2 broadcast the opening event of the Toyota Series—NASCAR's Mexican series, at Phoenix International Raceway during the weekend of The Profit on CNBC 500 on February 28, 2014. Through NBC's rights agreement with the NFL, mun2 carried its first Spanish simulcast of an NFL game, airing a Thanksgiving matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers on November 27, 2014; the re-branded channel has served as the Spanish-language broadcaster of the Super Bowl during years NBC holds the rights. NBC had proposed using Telemundo to act as a Spanish-language simulcast partner for years following its 2001 purchase of the network, but this did not occur until the Premier League agreement.

List of programs broadcast by Universo



Current

;Original programming * ''El Vato'' (April 17, 2016 – present) * ''I Love Jenni'' (reruns) * ''Larrymania'' (October 7, 2012 – present) * ''The Riveras'' (October 16, 2016 – present) * ''Latinx Now!'' (October 3, 2018 – present) ;Acquired programming * ''12 Corazones'' * ''Atrapados en la aduana'' * ''El Socio'' (July 22, 2018 – present) * ''Encarcelados'' * ''Escuela para maridos'' * ''Fuerza especial de fugitivos'' * ''La frontera'' * ''La ley de Laredo'' * ''Mi historia de fantasmas'' * ''Motivo para matar'' (May 27, 2018 – present) * ''Narcos: Guerra antidrogas * ''Pandilleros'' * ''Paraíso perdido'' * ''Preppers'' * ''Prison Break'' * ''¿Quién da más?'' * ''Seguridad de frontera: Australia'' * ''Seguridad de frontera: Canada'' * ''Seguridad de frontera: USA'' *''Son of Anarchy'' * ''The Walking Dead'' * ''WWE Raw'' (October 5, 2005 – present) ;Reruns of Telemundo programming * ''Caso Cerrado'' * ''Historias de la Virgen Morena'' * ''Exatlón Estados Unidos'' (July 17, 2018 – present) ;Sports * ''Premier League'' * ''FIFA World Cup'' (June 14, 2018 – present) ;Telenovelas * ''Pasión de gavilanes'' (June 8, 2017 – present) * ''La hija pródiga'' (October 1, 2018 – present) * ''Los herederos del Monte'' (December 3, 2018 – present)

Former

* ''Chiquis 'N Control'' * ''Day in Day Out'' * ''El Show'' * ''Fugitivos De La Ley: Los Angeles'' * ''Gran Hermano: La Novela'' * ''Guerra de ídolos'' * ''Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C'' * ''La Patrona'' * ''Law & Order'' * ''Law & Order: LA'' * ''Los Thunderbirds'' * ''Lugar Heights'' * ''mun2 Shuffle'' * ''Milagros de Navidad'' * ''Niño Santo'' * ''One Nation'' * ''Operación Repo'' * ''Pablo Escobar, el Patrón del Mal'' * ''RPM Miami'' * ''Reto superhumanos'' * ''Se Habla Rock!'' * ''Sons of Anarchy'' * ''South Park'' * ''Stan Lee's Superhumans'' * '' Shockwave '' * ''Suelta la sopa'' (July 16, 2018 – August 17, 2018) * ''The Chicas Project'' * ''The Look'' * ''The mun2 Shift'' * ''Vivo'' * ''Welcome to Los Vargas'' * ''WWE ECW'' (January 9, 2009 – February 19, 2010) * ''WWE NXT'' (2010) * ''WWE SmackDown'' (October 2, 2010 – September 29, 2019)

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External links

* {{Sports television in the United States Category:Telemundo Category:NBCUniversal networks Category:NBC Sports Category:Music video networks in the United States Category:Television channels and stations established in 1993 Category:Spanish-language television networks in the United States