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Azteca America is a U.S Spanish-language free-to-air television network that is owned by HC2 Holdings, which acquired the network from the Azteca International Corporation subsidiary of TV Azteca.
Azteca America is headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, the network’s programming is aimed at the Hispanic and Latin American communities in the United States and has access to programming from TV Azteca’s three television national networks in Mexico, including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news content from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. Its programming consists of a mix of telenovelas, Liga MX matches, sports, news programming, and reality and variety series.
Azteca America is available on pay television (primarily carried on dedicated Spanish language programming tiers, except in some markets with a free-the-air affiliate), with local stations in over 60 markets with large Hispanic and Latin American populations (reaching 89% of the Hispanic population in the U.S.
Azteca America Sports
Azteca America sports network maintains a sports division, Azteca Deportes, is separate from the division operated by its Mexico-based sister network and is responsible for the production of sports content on Azteca. The division produced association football matches from Liga MX, which typically aired under the brand “Fut Azteca.”
In 2013, the network began airing a prime time match-of-the-week involving teams within Liga MX on Friday nights under the brand “Viernes Futbolero” (“Friday Night Futbol”). In July 2016 Univision started their own block of Liga MX matches on Saturday nights using the “Futbolero” name called “Sábado Futbolero” (“Saturday Night Futbol”).
The network stopped airing Liga MX matches after the Clausura 2017 season after the network sold the rights to the home matches of Atlas, Morelia, Tijuana and Veracruz to Univision. In addition, Azteca broadcasts a weekly wrestling showcase on Saturday afternoons, Lucha Azteca, and Box Azteca, a weekly prime time boxing series that airs on most Saturday nights. At the end of the 2018–19 season, Azteca started airing two select La Liga Segunda División matches per weekend as part of an agreement with beIN Sports who are sub-licensing the rights.
Azteca America Stations
Azteca’s network is made up of 64 stations, 27 of which are operated by Azteca America. In many areas of the U.S. where the network is not available through broadcast television, Azteca 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.
Azteca America HD
Azteca America master feed is transmitted in 1080i high definition. However, only seven of the network’s affiliate stations currently transmit the network’s programming in HD, all but two of which carry the network feed in 720p high definition; the remainder of its over-the-air stations transmit Azteca programming in 480i standard definition either due to technical considerations for affiliates of other major networks that carry Azteca programming on a digital subchannel or because a primary feed Azteca affiliate has not yet modified or upgraded their transmission equipment to allow content to be presented in HD.
Azteca América became the third major Spanish-language network in the United States (after Telemundo and Univision) to provide its programming in high definition through the network and select local stations with the launch of its simulcast feed, Azteca América HD, on July 16, 2012. All of the network’s first-run entertainment, news and sports programming, as well as specials and select acquired programs, have been presented in HD since then (with the current exception of archived programs that were made prior to 2012 – including comedy series such as Te Caché (“I Got You”) and Ya Cayó Renovado (“It Fell Renovated”), and select children’s programs – and were originally produced in 4:3 standard definition, as well as most older Mexican-produced feature films). The high-definition feed is available in certain markets via the network’s national cable feed, as well as through many of Azteca’s over-the-air affiliates.
Azteca America News
Azteca news maintains a news division and produces two half-hour newscasts that air on Monday through Friday evenings, the early evening Hechos Nacional Tarde and the late evening Hechos Nacional Noche, both anchored by Roberto Ruiz. Both newscasts, produced from Mexico, are aired exclusively in the United States and focus on the national and international news and events that affect U.S. Hispanics.
Azteca also broadcasts a three-hour morning news program Hechos AM on weekdays as well as the weeknights sports highlight and discussion program Deporte Caliente (“Hot Sports”). The network formed its news division in 2003, with the debut of the national evening news program Hechos América. In May 2008, the network relocated production of its national newscasts as well as the local newscasts aired by its Los Angeles flagship station KAZA-TV from the network’s Glendale headquarters to Mexico City due to the budget cuts enacted that month, resulting in the layoffs of 19 employees within its news division; the network retained reporters, producers and assignment editors that were based in Los Angeles and correspondents based in New York City, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Washington, D.C.. On February 6, 2009, Azteca announced that it would cancel its newscasts and announced plans to launch a bi-national newscast produced out of TV Azteca’s Mexico City station XHIMT-TV.
Azteca America Denver
It is a translator of ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7) which is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KZCO-LD’s transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden; its parent station maintains studios on East Speer Boulevard in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood.