LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment Studios, one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of eight 24-hour HD television networks now serving nearly 160 million subscribers -- including The Weather Channel television network and its streaming service Local Now -- proudly announces the launch of the first Spanish language weather streaming service: The Weather Channel en Español.
The Weather Channel en Español will launch in the first quarter of 2020, and will utilize the full resources of The Weather Channel -- the number one weather network in the country. The Weather Channel en Español will feature Spanish-speaking weather reporters and show hosts throughout the day on weekdays and weekends, with the weather reporters forecasting weather conditions in the U.S. and its territories such as Puerto Rico, and Mexico and Central America. In addition to covering the forecast from the studio, The Weather Channel en Español will have Spanish-speaking reporters located in the field during weather events. Viewers will be able to track storms and other significant weather events and their aftermath from their communities and the communities of their loved ones.
"The Hispanic marketplace is indexing extremely well with streaming services and is severely underserved. Our launch of The Weather Channel en Español is historic, and is a recognition of the continued and significant growth of the U.S. Hispanic population and the constant need to keep the entire public informed and safe as multi-billion dollar weather disasters are on the rise – especially in underserved communities where Spanish is spoken as both the primary and secondary language in millions of households throughout America," said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. "I am proud to say that all year long, viewers of The Weather Channel en Español will be able to increase their safety and awareness of extreme weather events with the full support of the number one weather news network, and its vast resources, infrastructure, technology, and scientists."
About Entertainment Studios
Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Raleigh. Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. Entertainment Studios also owns the LOCAL NOW streaming service, powered by THE WEATHER CHANNELand content partners, which delivers real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports, and lifestyle information. Entertainment Studios also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 43 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners.
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company specializing in wide release commercial content. ESMP released 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which grossed over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES and the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK. Upcoming releases include the animated feature ARCTIC DOGS starring Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, Alec Baldwin, and Anjelica Huston, and the sequel to 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN--UNCAGED. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films.
About The Weather Channel
Since its launch 37 years ago, The Weather Channel television network has become the top-rated and most widely distributed weather network in America. The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation's only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather, its expertise is unrivaled. The network posted its highest ratings in its history during 2017's historic Hurricane Irma and was the highest-rated cable network during recent hurricanes Harvey and Michael. In 2018, The Weather Channel was nominated for an Emmy for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey and brought new life to weather forecasting by introducing its award-winning Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) presentation. For eight years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the "TV News Brand of the Year," and in 2018, the Ipsos poll ranked The Weather Channel as The Most Trusted Name in News media.
About Local Now
Local Now is a streaming service that is changing the way Americans get news about their communities. Powered by The Weather Channel and content partners, Local Now delivers real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports, and lifestyle information. With unique technology that transmits localized information to hundreds of markets across the United States, Local Now delivers the same information seen in a 30 to 60 minute local news broadcast segment, on-demand and in a fraction of the time. Local Now is available on Sling TV, YouTube TV, MobiTV, fuboTV and other major OTT platforms. It is also available in the iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire app stores as well as desktop.
SOURCE Entertainment Studios, Inc.