|Launched||May 15, 2010|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Central America.|
|Verizon FiOS||1723 (SD)|
Semillitas is a United States Pay TV channel owned by the media company SomosTV, headed by Luis Villanueva. The channel targets children 0-5 years of age with the objective of preserving Hispanic cultural roots and language through entertaining and violence free programming, specifically animation. Semillitas offers programming in neutral Spanish 24-hours a day.
In 2010, Semillitas was launched by Somos TV. Semillitas is oriented to Hispanic toddlers and pre-teens and preschool aged children with the objective to help preserve the language and cultural heritage. Semillitas offers violence free, comedy and stop-motion animation content from Latin America and international markets. Hispanic children make up a substantial segment of this age group in the United States. According to the 2000 United States Census, 27% of children are Hispanic reaching above 50% in some states such as California, New Mexico, and main cities in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. On October 24, 2011, Verizon FiOS added the channel on the lineup on 1723.
Animal Mechanicals, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Bo on The Go, Chloe's Closet, Meteor and the Mighty Trucks, Alex, Baby Bilingual, Bali, Boom and Reds, Brainy Baby, Buttercup Wood, ClayPlay, Danny and Daddy, Dive Olly Dive, Shapes, Guess with Jess, The Hoobs, Kiri the Clown, Lenny and Tweek, Lunar Jim,Monkey See, Monkey Do, Pim & Pam,SamSam, 1, 2, 3 a Jugar, Wimzie's House, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Zumbers. Semillitas added to its programming, Oliviais a 26 episode animated series produced by Chorion and based on the famous book of the same name written by Ian Falconer. This prestigious program has won multiple awards including a silver medal in “Parents Choice Award” due to their stories and positive characters. The series has been widely distributed in territories such as England, Ireland, USA, Canada, Brazil and throughout Latin America.
Semillitas includes multi-platform rights capacity and its ability to offer parents useful services in all media environments. The channel is carried by cable and Telco companies in the U.S, Panama, and Central America and also part of the NCTC's (National Cable Television Cooperative) offering for cable operator. NCTC is responsible for acquiring programming and hardware for almost 1000 affiliated companies that own and operate cable systems in the U.S. Semillitas offers its subscribers a Free VOD Service available in all its carriers.
Semillitas is currently available in the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama and Central America. The content of Semillitas has been selected within range of educational and entertaining programming for this age group. The programming promotes the relevance of culture and importance of family ties within the Hispanic community. Semillitas is currently available in Charter Communications, Liberty, RCN, Verizon, FIOS, CenturyLink, Frontier, Blue Stream, Coyote Cable, MTA Communication, Hargray, Cable Onda (Panama), Cable Onda Oriental, Incateco and Tigo (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, y Guatemala), among other Pay TV providers.
Semillitas launched its news feed Notipeques that collects and distributes news gathered from international wires with relevant content related to education, health, nutrition and children, as well as general topics. The news can be accessed through the channel's official website (www.semillitas.tv), the feed is also available as RSS (Really Simple Syndication), a format to distribute frequently updated content and make it easily accessible to blogs and other news services. Notipeques can also be accessed through Semillitas’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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