Canela Media Launches Free, Live Streaming News Platform for U.S. Latino Market

Canela Media Feb. 9 announced the launch of Canela News, what it claims is the first free live-streaming newscast for the U.S. Latino market. The Spanish-language daily newscast will cover topics most relevant to U.S. Latinos, including breaking news, sports, immigration, and more.

On March 8, Canela News will begin broadcasting daily live 30-minute segments Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. ET and repeats at 9 p.m. ET on the advertiser-supported streaming service Canela.TV, which will also be distributed on free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels. There will also be a daily segment focused completely on sports. On Fridays, it will air a special five-minute segment called “Buenas Noticias,” bringing inspirational good news.

“Viewing habits of U.S. Latinos are rapidly changing as more of this audience shifts to digital platforms and abandons traditional TV,” founder/CEO Isabel Rafferty said in a statement.

Rafferty said that U.S. Latino cord cutters have heretofore been unable to get streaming access to the Spanish-language, U.S.-centric news.

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“There was a void in the market which presented an opportunity for [us] to fulfill,” she said.

According to eMarketer, in 2021 more than 6 million U.S. households will cut the cord with pay-TV, bringing the total number of cord-cutter households to 31.2 million. However, most streaming services are geared towards English-speaking audiences and tastes, with a smattering of content gathered from around the Spanish-speaking world.

Canela News is made with a team of producers and anchors delivering culturally relevant content led by Alejandro Medina, who previously ran the TV Azteca national newscast. Journalist and TV host Jimena Duarte will be the anchor for the Daily Newscast. René Romero, an international sports commentator and journalist with over 10 years of experience, will anchor the Daily Sportscast.

“We will continue to forge meaningful connections with our audience through our growing variety of high-quality content options,” Rafferty said.

Launched in May 2020, Canela.TV is a streaming service with more than 10,000 hours of entertainment for adults and children, including comedies, docuseries, novelas, cartoons, dramas and action films. The Canela.tv app is available for download on the App Store and Google PlayRokuApple TVAndroid TVAmazon Fire TV and smart TVs.

Samsung TV Plus Bows 10 Free Spanish-Language Channels

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Samsung Oct. 7 announced the launch of 10 free Spanish-language channels on its Samsung TV Plus platform. The ad-supported platform offers free access to more than 145 content channels.

The Spanish-language channels include content ranging from telenovelas, reality shows, comedies, news, adventure shows to modern dramas. The content from Sony Canal, Estrella TV, Pluto TV, Tastmade and Spike, among others, is also available on the recently launched Samsung TV Plus mobile app for download on select Galaxy smartphones.

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“Samsung includes a broad cross-section of cultural perspectives in our entertainment and content, so it is only fitting that we [add] channels to our extensive collection of Samsung TV Plus programing,” Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships & business development for Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

AVOD distribution continues to grow as an alternative to subscription streaming video services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.

Spectrum TV Plus Spanish-language channels include:

Estrella TV 1255: EstrellaTV is a leading Spanish-language news and entertainment channel with programming ranging from news to game shows, reality shows, talent competitions, and late-night talk shows.

Sony Canal Competencias 1259: The channel features contestants who aim to meet challenges in reality competition shows.

Sony Canal Comedias 1260: The channel features modern remakes in Spanish of TV’s most iconic sitcoms and comedy series, such as “Married With Children,” “The Nanny” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Sony Canal Novelas 1261: The channel features telenovelas and  dramas like Doña Bárbara, Paraíso Travel and Señorita Pólvora, filled with thrills, passion, twists and heartwarming stories.

Cine Romantico 1283: The channel features romance with Hollywood TV movies in Spanish.

Novelas Drama 1266: Pluto TV Novelas Drama features stories and situations full of intrigue, deception and mix-ups in drama soap operas of Latin America.

Novelas Romance 1267: Pluto TV Novelas Romance features stories of love and romance, watching the most romantic soap operas in Latin America. You won’t be able to stop watching it!

Spike Aventura 1268: The channel offers action and adventure to the most challenging competitions.

Estrella News: Estrella News is a 24/7 Spanish-language digital news channel, delivering relevant and breaking news stories and reports for Hispanics. Coverage includes local, national, entertainment and sports.

Tastemade en Español: Tastemade en Español’s diverse, ever-growing library of content spans the categories of food and travel with Spanish-language Tastemade Originals and series in English with Spanish subtitles. Programming highlights include food and travel series ArgenMexCook & Laucha 2X1Patagonia Viva, and the documentary Fuego, featuring Argentine chef and influencer Luciano ¨Laucha¨ Luchetti.

Plex Adds Spanish-Language Content

Plex, the ad-supported video-on-demand service, Sept. 10 announced the launch of a set of free-to-watch Spanish-language channels, with six available immediately and 25 more Spanish-language options planned in the coming weeks. This brings the total number of Plex channels to more than 100, up from the 80 the Live TV on Plex feature launched with in July.

The new channels include three from Sony Pictures Television: Sony Canal NovelasSony Canal Comedias and Sony Canal Competencias. Also included in the Plex Spanish-language lineup are Canela TVRuntime Español, Latido Music and AFV Español, with availability varying by region.

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In 2019, Plex launched an AVOD service via digital antenna and tuner TV featuring TV shows and movies from CrackleWarner Bros.MGMEndemol Shine GroupLionsgate and Legendary. The platform provides free access to local channels and major networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, the CW and PBS.