Leading Puerto Rican Channel, WAPA America, Launches on DISH Network

Leading Puerto Rican Channel, WAPA America, Launches on DISH Network

DISH Network Reaffirms Its Position as the Leader in Delivering Spanish-Language Programming


MIAMI and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — WAPA-TV, the leading broadcaster in Puerto Rico, and DISH Network, a leading TV entertainment provider in the U.S., announced today the launch of WAPA America in DISH Network’s DishLATINO Clasico package, bringing high quality Puerto Rican TV entertainment and sports programming to millions of viewers in the U.S.

WAPA America produces more than 40 hours per week of original, locally-produced entertainment programs from Puerto Rico, including “SuperXclusivo,” the highest-rated program in Puerto Rico, as well as more than 30 hours per week of live news produced by Puerto Rico’s largest and most trusted news-gathering team, “Noticentro.” The network also delivers the most popular sporting events in Puerto Rico, including the National Superior Basketball League games.

“We’re pleased to broaden our Spanish-language television offerings with original content and sports programming from Puerto Rico,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. “WAPA America broadens the robust lineup found in our DishLATINO programming packages and shares the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico.”

Aside from providing news, entertainment and sports from Puerto Rico, WAPA America offers a variety of programming that appeals to other Caribbean Hispanics, including hit novelas from Colombia and Brazil and special television events such as the Miss Dominican Universe Pageant.

“With the best programming from Puerto Rico, WAPA America is the leading source of entertainment and news for the millions of Puerto Ricans and Caribbean Hispanics living in the United States,” said Alan Sokol, Chairman of WAPA-TV and Senior Partner at InterMedia Advisors, which owns the station. “We are thrilled to have DISH Network as a distribution partner and we are confident this channel will be a compelling viewing choice for DISH Network viewers.”

WAPA America is available on DISH Network Channel 826.

About DISH Network

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides more than 14.056 million satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2011, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network’s subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

About WAPA America:

WAPA America is the U.S. cable network affiliated with WAPA Television, Puerto Rico’s leading broadcast network. WAPA America transmits more than 40 hours per week of original and locally-produced entertainment shows, including “SuperXclusivo,” the highest-rated local program in Puerto Rico. The network also offers more than 30 hours per week of live news from Puerto Rico, produced by the Island’s largest and most-trusted news-gathering team. WAPA America is currently viewed in approximately 5.2 million homes throughout the U.S. and distributed on all major cable, satellite and telco providers, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse. WAPA-TV is a portfolio company of private equity firm InterMedia Partners. If you are in interested in carrying WAPA America, please contact Emily Love at emily.love@wapa-tv.com.


Leading Puerto Rican Channel, WAPA America, Launches on DISH Network