Profile: Grupo Televisa SAB (TV)

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Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., incorporated on December 19, 1990, is a media company in the international entertainment business. The Company operates in four business segments: Content, Sky, Telecommunications, and Other Businesses. It operates four broadcast channels in Mexico City and has affiliated stations throughout the country. It produces pay-television channels with national and international feeds, throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. It exports its programs and formats to television networks around the world. As of December 31, 2014, the Company exported 87,143 hours of programming to 83 countries, excluding the United States. The Company is also a Spanish-language magazine publisher with an annual circulation of approximately 117 million magazines publishing 182 titles in approximately 21 countries.

The Company owns 58.7% of Sky, a direct to home (DTH) satellite television provider in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. It also participates in Mexico's telecommunications industry in many regions of the country where it offers video, voice and broadband services. The Company also owns, as well as 15 other Web portals of its brands and products and four main mobile applications; a gaming business, which includes casinos; a 50% stake in a radio company; a feature film production and distribution company, a soccer team and a stadium in Mexico, and an unconsolidated equity stake in Ocesa Entretenimiento, S.A. de C.V., a live entertainment company in Mexico. The Company owns 25 pay-television brands and 51 national and international feeds throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The Company's pay-television channels include three music, six movie, seven variety and entertainment channels and two sports channels. Both of its sports channels offer 24-hour-a-day programming 365 days a year. The sports content of Televisa Deportes Network (TDN) is provided pursuant to a license agreement with Barra Deportiva, S.A. de C.V. (Barra Deportiva). The Company also owns a station that has a digital sub channel that transmits in the English language on the California border. The Company produces a part of the Spanish-language television programming. It produces programming for broadcast on its network stations and through its cable operations and DTH satellite ventures, including programming produced by its local stations. The Company produces a range of programs, including telenovelas, newscasts, situation comedies, game shows, reality shows, children's programs, comedy and variety programs, musical and cultural events, movies and educational programming. Its telenovelas are broadcast either dubbed or subtitled in various languages throughout the world.

The Company's programming also includes broadcasts of special events and sports events in Mexico. Among the sports events that the Company broadcasts are soccer games and professional wrestling matches. Its programming is produced primarily at its 30 studios in Mexico City. The Company also operates 18 remote control units (OB VANS). Some of its local television stations also produce their own programming. These local stations operate 47 studios and 34 remote control units. Most of this foreign programming is from the United States and includes television series, movies and sports events, including coverage of league baseball games and national football league games. The Company operates Centro de Educacion Artistica, a school in Mexico City, to develop and train actors and technicians. The Company also promotes writers and directors through a writers' school, as well as various contests and scholarships.


The Company operates three television networks that can be viewed throughout parts of Mexico depending on the schedules and programming on its affiliated television stations through Channels 2, 5 and 9 in Mexico City. Channel 2, which is known as El Canal de las Estrellas, or The Channel of the Stars, together with its affiliated stations, is a television network in Mexico. Channel 2's programming is broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 127 television stations located throughout parts of Mexico. The affiliate stations retransmit the programming and advertising transmitted to them by Channel 2. Its programs include soap operas (telenovelas), news, entertainment, comedy and variety programs, movies, game shows, reality shows and sports.

In addition to its anchor station, Channel 5 is affiliated with 66 repeater stations located throughout parts of Mexico. The Channel 5's programs are produced outside of Mexico, primarily in the United States. Most of these programs are produced in English. In addition to its anchor station, Channel 9 is affiliated with 29 repeater stations, approximately 37% of which are located in central Mexico. In addition, 12 repeaters of the Channel 9 Network have obtained a similar license. Its programs include movies, sports, sitcoms, game shows, telenovelas produced by third parties, news, an entertainment newscast and re-runs of programs from Channel 2. The Company sells local advertising time on ForoTV to medium-sized and local advertisers. Its programs consist primarily of journalist content, news, and round table programs in which the participants analyze the national and international news.

There are 33 local television stations affiliated with its networks, of which 18 stations are wholly owned, one station is minority owned and 14 stations are independent affiliated stations. The locally produced programs include news, game shows, musicals and other cultural programs and programs offering professional advice. Each of the local affiliates maintains its own sales department and sells advertising time during broadcasts of programs that it produces and/or licenses. The Company owns XETV, or the Border Station, a Tijuana based television station, which broadcasts English-language programs. The Company produces or licenses a suite of Spanish and English-language television channels for pat-television systems in Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, the United States, Canada and Africa. These channels include programming, such as general entertainment, telenovelas, movies and music-related shows, interviews and videos.

The names and brands of its standard definition channels include Telehit, Ritmoson, Bandamax, De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Unicable, Golden, Golden Edge, Golden Latinoamerica, TLNovelas, Tiin, Canal de las Estrellas Latinoamerica, Canal de las Estrellas Europa, Canal 2 Delay-2hrs, Canal de las Estrellas Delay-1hr, Distrito Comedia (formerly Clasico TV), TDN and UTDN. The brands of its high definition channels include Golden HD, Telehit HD, TDN HD, De Pelicula HD, Unicable HD, GoldenPremier HD and UFC Network HD. Televisa Interactive Media is the Company's online and wireless content division. This venture includes Esmas and, its Spanish-language horizontal Websites and online and supported video streaming; and Esmas Movil, its mobile value added service unit. TIM has created a mobile application division, Televisa Mobile, which is responsible for the developing of more than eight mobile content applications in nine operating systems.


The Company's key publications in Mexico include TV y Novelas, a weekly entertainment and telenovelas magazine; Vanidades, a bi-weekly magazine for women; Caras, a monthly lifestyle and socialite magazine; and Conozca Mas, a monthly science and culture magazine. Its other main publications in Latin America and the United States include Vanidades, TV y Novelas U.S.A. and Caras. The Company publishes the Spanish-language edition of several magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen, and Esquire through a joint venture with Hearst Communications, Inc.; Marie Claire, pursuant to a license agreement with Marie Claire Album; Men's Health, Women's Health and Runner's World, pursuant to a license agreement with Rodale Press, Inc.; Sport Life and Automovil Panamericano, as well as other special editions of automotive magazines, through a joint venture with Motorpress Iberica, S.A.; Muy Interesante and Padres e Hijos pursuant to a joint venture with GyJ Espana Ediciones, S.L.C. en C.; and Disney Princesas, Disney Winnie Pooh, Disney Hadas, Disney Cars, Disney Toy Story and Disney Junior among others, pursuant to a license agreement with Disney Consumer Products Latin America, Inc. and WDC, Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.

The Company also publishes a Spanish-language edition of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler in Latin America and in the United States through a licensing agreement with National Geographic Society. In addition, the Company publishes various comics pursuant to license agreements with Marvel Characters, B.V. and DC Entertainment.


The Company's telecommunications companies offer on-screen interactive programming guide, video on demand, high definition channels, as well as other services throughout Mexico. Along with their digital pay-television service, its telecommunications companies offer high speed Internet and a digital telephone service. Through their network, they distribute video content, new services, last generation interactivity with video on demand, 1080i high definition, impulse and order pay-per-view, a-la-carte programming, among other products and services for consumers, and telephony and Internet. Its telecommunications companies generate revenues from their pay-television, broadband and telephony services, from additional services, such as video on demand, and from sales of advertising to local and national advertisers.

Other Businesses

The Company also owns publishing operations in five countries. Its publications are also sold in the United States, the Caribbean and elsewhere through independent distributors. In addition, its distribution network sells various publications published by joint ventures and independent publishers, as well as sticker albums, novelties and other consumer products. The Company promotes a range of sports events and cultural, musical and other entertainment productions in Mexico. These events and productions are broadcast on its television stations, cable television system, radio stations and DTH satellite services. The Company owns America, a soccer team, which plays in the Mexican First Division. The Company owns the Azteca Stadium, which has a seating capacity of approximately 100,000 people. The Company promotes a range of concerts and other shows, including beauty pageants, song festivals and shows of Mexican and international artists.

The Company produces and co-produces Spanish-and English-language feature films. The Company distributes its films to Mexican movie theaters and later releases them on video for broadcast on cable and network television. The Company also distributes its feature films outside of Mexico. The Company distributes feature films produced by non-Mexican producers in Mexico. The Company also distributes independently produced non-Mexican and Mexican films in Mexico, the United States and Latin America. At December 31, 2014, the Company owned or had rights to 308 Spanish-language theatrical films, 150 theatrical films in other languages, 25 Spanish-language video titles and 27 video titles in other languages. Many of these films and titles have been shown on its television networks, cable system and DTH services.

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had 17 casinos in operation, under the brand name Play City. Its radio business, Sistema Radiopolis, S.A. de C.V. (Radiopolis) is operated under a joint venture with Grupo Prisa, S.A., a Spanish communications group. Radiopolis owns and operates 17 radio stations in Mexico, including three amplitude modulation (AM) and three frequency modulation (FM) radio stations in Mexico City, five AM and two FM radio stations in Guadalajara, one AM station in Monterrey, one FM radio station in Mexicali, one AM/FM combo station in San Luis Potosi and one FM radio station in Veracruz. The Company produces some of Mexico's radio formats, including W Radio (News-talk), TD W (Sports), Ke Buena (Mexican music), 40 Principales (Pop music) and XEQ Radio (Spanish ballads). W Radio, Ke Buena and 40 Principales formats are also broadcast through the Internet. The Company sells both national and local advertising on its radio stations.

The Company competes with Telmex, Axtel, Sky, Dish, Telcel, Nextel, Telefonica, Grupo Radio Centro, S.A. de C.V., NRM Comunicaciones, S.A. de C.V., Dish Mexico, Codere, CIE, Grupo Caliente, Pronosticos, Loteria Nacional, TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V., Cadena 3, Multimedios, Cadena Tres, Grupo Acir, S.A. de C.V., Netflix, Claro Video, Total Play, Megacable, Codere S.A., Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento, S.A.B. de C.V. and Grupo Caliente S.A. de C.V.

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Grupo Televisa SAB

Av. Vasco de Quiroga No. 2000
Col. Santa Fe Delegacion Alvaro
MEXICO, D.F.     01210
P: +5255.52612433
F: +5255.52612465

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