MIAMI, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC UNIVERSO, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, today announced it has acquired from AMC the exclusive television rights to air the hit apocalyptic series "The Walking Dead" in Spanish in the United States. This will mark the first time the series will air in Spanish on U.S. television and other platforms*.
"The Walking Dead" has been television's highest-rated series among adults 18-49 for the past three years. NBC UNIVERSO will begin airing episodes from seasons one through three dubbed in Spanish beginning in early 2016.
"Very few series in television history have so thoroughly captivated young adult audiences like 'The Walking Dead.' It has been a blockbuster mainstream hit, and there's a tremendous appetite for Latinos to fully enjoy this series in Spanish for the very first time in the U.S.," said Ruben Mendiola, President, NBC UNIVERSO. "Adding 'The Walking Dead' to our primetime programming lineup is a clear demonstration of our commitment to bringing the most provocative and best-quality entertainment to U.S. Hispanics in Spanish."
In addition to enjoying the episodes on TV, subscribers of NBC UNIVERSO on participating cable, satellite, and telco services also will be able to view episodes of "The Walking Dead" on Video on Demand, as well as on nbcuniverso.com and the NBC UNIVERSO NOW app by entering the subscriber's log-in information.
"The Walking Dead" will be one of several new compelling entertainment options for NBC UNIVERSO viewers. Additional programming NBC UNIVERSO will be debuting soon include the hit series "Prison Break", which will premiere on Tue., Oct. 20 at 10pm ET/PT; and the highly popular, award-winning animated series "South Park", which will premiere on Mon., Oct. 26 at 10pm ET/PT.
NBC UNIVERSO is currently available to 40 million households across the U.S. The network is telecast in HD nationwide on DirecTV; Western U.S. markets served by Comcast Xfinity TV; throughout Bright House Networks' cable television footprint; and select Cox Communications markets.
Currently in its sixth season on AMC, new episodes of "The Walking Dead" air (in English) on Sundays at 9:00pm ET/PT.
*Exclusive of any SAP airing
About "The Walking Dead"
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" has reigned as television's highest-rated series among adults 18-49 for the past three years. "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series, which has been heralded by critics as "an honest-to-God phenomenon" (Variety), "relentless and provocative" (Orlando Sentinel) and "brilliantly engaging" (TheHollywoodNews.com), stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam and Josh McDermitt. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.
About NBC UNIVERSO
NBC UNIVERSO (www.nbcuniverso.com) is a modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world's top sports franchises and edgy, emotional programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL, Premier League and The 2016 Rio Olympics – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal (www.nbcuniversal.com), one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (www.comcastcorporation.com).
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with "Mad Men," and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree "Breaking Bad." The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last three years with "The Walking Dead." AMC's current original drama series include "The Walking Dead," "Better Call Saul," "Hell on Wheels," "TURN: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Humans," "Fear the Walking Dead," and the forthcoming "Into the Badlands," "The Night Manager," "Broke" and "Preacher." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "The Making of The Mob," "Comic Book Men" and the upcoming "The West." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
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