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Smithsonian Channel launches in Latin America

After launches in Canada and Singapore, the Smithsonian Channel is now taking its brand of factual programming to Latin America via DirecTV. The channel launches today (May 7) in Latin America ...
May 7, 2018

After launches in Canada and Singapore, the Smithsonian Channel is now taking its brand of factual programming to Latin America via DirecTV.

The channel launches today (May 7) in Latin America in high definition on Channel 1747, and will be available on the Oro HD package in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the non-U.S. Caribbean.

Programming set to air in Latin America on the channel includes The Accordion Kings (pictured), which looks at Latin American music and features an exclusive interview and performances by Carlos Vives; 2017′s Aerial Africa; Panama’s Animal Highway; Million Dollar American Princesses starring Elizabeth McGovern and Air Warriors.

The deal to launch the channel in the territory was brokered by independent pay TV channel distributor Castalia Communications.

“As we continue to grow our business internationally, we’re thrilled to be launching our award-winning and diverse slate of programming on DirecTV Latin America,” said Tom Hayden, president of Smithsonian Networks, in a statement. “We love seeing our brand resonate all over the world, and are pleased that viewers in Latin America will now have access to our channel.”

The channel is owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime and Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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