NBCUniversal is rebranding its Hispanic cable network Mun2 as NBC Universo, to reflect the channel’s increasing focus on general entertainment and sports programming.
The switch will take effect on February 1, the day the network airs the Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX.
Over the past several months, execs have rolled out entertainment and sports programming including the first of 100 matches of the 2014/2015 season of Barclays Premier League and the first of five NFL games. The channel also became available for distribution in HD.
Unscripted entertainment programs will include A Toda Gloria, Larrymania and Fugitivos de la Ley, all of which aired on Mun2. The channel will continue to develop and air original and acquired series and reality shows, as well as movies and music programming that will be announced early next year.
More sports coverage is also on the way. In partnership with NBC Sports Group and Telemundo, NBC Universo will cover four FIFA World Cup events in 2015, including the Men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Men’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It will also air the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series and wrestling programming such as WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown in Spanish.
Mun2 launched in 2001 as a companion to Telemundo and aired a mix of Spanish and English-language programming aimed at a young, U.S. Hispanic audience.