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Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., incorporated on December 19, 1990, is a media company. The Company is a cable operator and an operator of a direct-to-home (DTH) satellite pay television system in Mexico. The Company operates through four segments: Content, Sky, Cable and Other Businesses. The Company distributes the content it produces through various broadcast channels in Mexico and in over 50 other countries through approximately 30 pay-television brands and television networks, cable operators and over-the-top (OTT) services. In the United States, its audiovisual content is distributed through Univision Communications Inc. (Univision). Univision broadcasts its audiovisual content through multiple platforms. Its cable business offers integrated services, including video, high-speed data and voice services to residential and commercial customers, as well as managed services to domestic and international carriers through over five cable Multiple System Operators in Mexico. It owns interest in Sky, a DTH satellite pay television system in Mexico, operating also in the Dominican Republic and Central America. It also has interests in magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, and gaming.


The Company owns and operates over four of the approximately 14 television stations in Mexico City, which include Channels 2, 4, 5 and 9. Some of these stations are affiliated with approximately 220 repeater stations and over 30 local stations outside of Mexico City. The Company also owns a station that has a digital sub channel that broadcasts in the English language on the California border. The Company produces approximately 89,200 hours of programming for broadcast on its network stations, including programming produced by its local stations. It 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 a range of languages throughout the world. Its programming also includes broadcasts of special events and sports events in Mexico promoted by the Company and others. Among the sports events that it broadcasts are soccer games and professional wrestling matches. The Company's programming is produced primarily at its approximately 30 studios in Mexico City. It also operates over 20 remote control units. Some of its local television stations also produce their own programming. These local stations operate approximately 50 studios and over 30 remote control units.

The Company licenses and broadcasts television programs produced by third parties outside Mexico. Most of this foreign programming is from the United States and includes television series, movies and sports events, including coverage of Major League Baseball (MLB) games and National Football League (NFL) games. It operates Centro de Educacion Artistica, a school in Mexico City, to develop and train actors and technicians. It also promotes writers and directors through a writers' school, as well as various contests and scholarships. It operates over 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. There are approximately 31 local television stations affiliated with its networks, of which over 17 stations are wholly owned, a station is minority owned and approximately 13 stations are independent affiliated stations. The locally produced programs include news, game shows, musicals and other cultural programs and programs offering professional advice. The Company owns XETV or the Border Station, a Tijuana-based television station.

The Company produces or licenses a suite of Spanish and English-language television channels for pay-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. It has over 40 million subscribers across the world. 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, TDN, TD Centro and UTDN. The brands of its high definition (HD) channels include Golden HD, Telehit HD, TDN HD, De Pelicula HD, Unicable HD, GoldenPremier HD and UFC Network HD. The Company licenses its programs and its rights to programs produced by other television broadcasters and pay-television providers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. It has approximately 259,620 half-hours of television programming in its library available for licensing.

The Company's programs can be seen in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Televisa Interactive Media (TIM) is the Company's online and wireless content division. TIM produces Spanish-language content, including news, sports, business, music and entertainment, editorials, life and style, technology, health and kids. It has a range of content channels, online and mobile services, and over 174.5 million page views per month and approximately 24.9 million monthly users. The Company's OTT platform under the brand blim is accessible through any electronic device with an Internet connection and provides three different services in Mexico: Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) with a catalogue of domestic and foreign entertainment (original productions, movies, series, documentaries, programs, telenovelas and children's content); Transactional Video-On-Demand (TVOD) with a catalogue of the movie premieres, and television Everywhere that provides live television content of a few of the Company's PayTV channels.


The Company operates Sky, a satellite venture in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. Sky offers exclusive content, which includes certain Mexican Soccer League matches and most of the Spanish Soccer League, La Liga and La Copa del Rey, the Football Association Challenge (FA) Cup, the NFL Sunday Ticket, National Basketball Association (NBA) Pass, MLB Extra Innings, the National Hockey League (NHL), Women's Tennis Association (WTA), bullfighting, World Equestrian Games, marathons, Diamond League, Capital One Cup, Mexican Baseball League (LMB), Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) & Table tennis (TT) tournaments, and the Basketball Euroleague. Sky HD Package consists of approximately 120 channels, as well as over 20 additional channels for pay-per-view. Sky offers approximately 10 pay-per-view channels to family entertainment and movies and over eight channels for adult entertainment. In addition, Sky assigns over seven extra channels exclusively for special events, known as Sky Events, which include concerts and sports.


The Company's cable companies offer on-screen interactive programming guide, video on demand, high definition channels, as well as other services throughout Mexico. Along with its digital pay-television service, the Company's cable companies offer high speed Internet and a digital telephone service. It owns stake in Empresas Cablevision, S.A.B. de C.V. (Cablevision), a cable television operator in Mexico, which operates in Mexico City and its metropolitan area, where it offers cable television, high speed Internet and Internet Protocol (IP) telephony services. The Company's subsidiary, Television Internacional, S.A. de C.V. (TVI), offers cable television, Internet access, telephony services and bidirectional data transmission in the metropolitan area of Monterrey and other areas of northern Mexico. It owns Cablemas, S.A. de C.V. (Cablemas), which operates in approximately 60 cities in Mexico where it offers cable television, high speed Internet and telephony services. It owns interest in Grupo Cable TV, S.A. de C.V. (Cablecom), a cable company that offers video, telephony and data services in Mexico.

The Company owns interest in Cablevision Red, S.A. de C.V. (Telecable), which is a cable company that provides video, data and telephony services in Mexico, primarily in the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Queretaro, Tamaulipas and Colima, among others. The Company owns interest in Cablestar, S.A. de C.V. (Bestel), which provides voice, data, and managed services to domestic and international carriers and to the enterprise, corporate and government segments in Mexico.

Other Businesses

The Company has a total circulation of approximately 100 million copies publishing over 150 titles that are distributed in approximately 20 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Panama, among others. Its main publications in Mexico include TV y Novelas, a weekly entertainment and telenovelas magazine; Vanidades, a bi-weekly magazine for women, and Caras, a monthly lifestyle and socialite magazine. Its other main publications in Latin America and the United States include Vanidades, TV y Novelas U.S.A. and Caras Colombia and Chile. It publishes the Spanish-language edition of various magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen and Esquire through a joint venture with Hearst Communications, Inc.; Marie Claire; Men's Health, Women's Health and Runner's World; Sport Life and Automovil Panamericano, as well as other special editions of automotive magazines; Muy Interesante and Padres e Hijos, and Disney Princesas, Disney Club Penguin, Disney Frozen, Disney Palace Pets and Disney Junior, among others. It also publishes a Spanish-language edition of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler in Latin America and in the United States. In addition, it publishes various comics.

The Company's distribution network sells a range of publications, as well as sticker albums, novelties and other consumer products. It promotes a range of sports events and cultural, musical and other entertainment productions in Mexico. Most of these events and productions are broadcast on its television stations, cable television system, radio stations and DTH satellite services. The Company owns America, which plays in the Mexican First Division. It owns the Azteca Stadium, which hosts over two World Cup Soccer Championships. It promotes various concerts and other shows, including beauty pageants, song festivals and shows of popular Mexican and international artists.

The Company produces and co-produces first-run Spanish- and English-language feature films. The Company distributes its films to movie theaters in Mexico, the United States and Latin America, and later release them for broadcast on video on demand, cable and network television. Its Mexican films in Mexico include Casese Quien Pueda, Cantinflas and Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos, and the Spanish language film in Mexico and the United States include Instructions Not Included. It distributes feature films produced by non-Mexican producers in Mexico. The Company owns or has rights to approximately 310 Spanish-language theatrical films, over 150 theatrical films in other languages, approximately 20 Spanish-language video titles and over 30 video titles in other languages. The Company's gaming business consists of casinos and a national lottery. It has approximately 20 casinos in operation under the brand name PlayCity. Its Multijuegos is an online lottery with access to a nationwide network of approximately 13,560 points of sale through electronic terminals, including point-of-sale terminals at OXXO stores.

The Company's radio business, Sistema Radiopolis, S.A. de C.V. (Radiopolis) owns and operates approximately 17 radio stations in Mexico, including over three amplitude modulation (AM) and approximately three frequency modulation (FM) radio stations in Mexico City, over five AM and approximately two FM radio stations in Guadalajara, a AM station in Monterrey, a FM radio station in Mexicali, a AM/FM combo station in San Luis Potosi and a FM radio station in Veracruz. Radiopolis has organized approximately 20 live musical events. It sells both national and local advertising on its radio stations. The Company owns interest in Ocesa Entretenimiento, S.A. de C.V. (OCEN). OCEN's business includes the production and promotion of a range of live entertainment events, such as concerts, theatrical, family and cultural events, as well as the operation of entertainment venues, the sale of entrance tickets, food, beverages and merchandising, and the booking and management of Latin artists. OCEN also promotes NASCAR Mexico, the racing series in the country. The Company owns interest in Imagina Media Audiovisual, S.L. (Imagina), a provider of content and audiovisual services for the media and entertainment industry in Spain. Imagina is a distributor of sports rights and is the promoter of the Spanish Soccer League distribution rights across the world. Imagina is also a provider of satellite transmission services, as well as on location production and post-production services for third parties.

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

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Grupo Televisa SAB

MEXICO, D.F.     12210
P: +5255.52612000
F: +5255.52612494

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