COMCAST Revamps Latino Entertainment Channel, Launches Weekly XFINITY LATINO Segments for Bicultural Families

COMCAST Revamps Latino Entertainment Channel, Launches Weekly XFINITY LATINO Segments for Bicultural Families

Comcast today announced it has made some significant changes to the Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel (XLEC) to meet the evolving needs and interests of bicultural Latino customers.

XLEC is a channel that combines programming, technology and Xfinity service tips in a dynamic and entertaining way and now features more original content and segments such as “Para la Familia,” “Cine en Casa” and “En la Cancha.”
XLEC is co-anchored by Veronica Allis and Tommy Florez alongside a team of internationally renowned, award-winning correspondents that includes Veronica Rasquin, Francisco Cáceres and Carlos Rausseo.

Produced at its newly minted studios in Denver and Miami, as well as on location, content on XLEC is refreshed every Monday and is available on multiple platforms: TV, Xfinity On Demand and on the Xfinity Stream app and web portal.

“I’m very excited that our customers can now access up-beat, informative, and engaging content on the device of their choice,” Javier Garcia, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Services, Comcast Cable, said. “Not only can viewers enjoy the channel’s new look, new talent and new content that touches upon all of their passion points, they’ll also enjoy having so many options of when and how they want to watch it.”

The new original segments interweave culturally-relevant entertainment content with options and tips to help Hispanic customers take advantage of Comcast’s innovative products and services.

Viewers will also learn how to optimize their entertainment viewing experience with the revolutionary Xfinity X1platform and enjoy more of the content they want in the language of their choice, at home or on the go.

The new feature segments include:

  • “Para la Familia,” hosted by Venezuelan model, television personality, and mother of two Verónica Rasquin, targets bicultural families with a focus on younger children (preschool age to teens) and offers recommendations on kids and family programming, interviews with industry experts, and a look into Kids Zone, an Xfinity X1 feature that gives parents extra peace-of-mind by offering a safe and secure experience for kids to independently explore their favorite content and discover new programming in English or Spanish;
  • “Cine en Casa” is hosted by Francisco Cáceres, a two-time Emmy winner and film expert. ‘Cine en Casa’ will feature interviews with actors, red-carpet coverage, behind-the-scenes action and a look at the latest On Demand movie releases available to rent on Xfinity;
  • “Cool-tura,” a partnership between Xfinity and Sony Music Latin, features popular Latin music artists and TV personalities, including Fonseca, Diego Torres, Reik, and CNCO, as they build a time capsule that contains their can’t-live-without cultural must-haves, including their favorite music, foods, films and traditions that honor their bicultural heritage rooted in both mainstream American and Latin culture;
  • “En la Cancha,” hosted by two-time Emmy award winner and Telemundo Denver anchor Carlos Rausseo, highlights the biggest sports TV programming and it’s the go-to soccer show where Xfinity customers can find their weekly dose of soccer news and schedules from Latin America and the world.

Launched in 2012 and available free of charge in more than 20 million homes, the XLEC keeps Comcast’s bicultural Latino customers updated on programming highlights and helps maximize their viewing experience using the latest Xfinity features.

Knock! Knock! Who It Is?! Xfinity FreePass Latino…that’s Who!

Knock! Knock! Who It Is?! Xfinity FreePass Latino…that’s Who!

It’s Christmas in September…almost October!!!
I received a package from Comcast…

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Pretty sweet, huh?! If you’d like to see some video action – check out my Instagram/mikethemovieguy Stories or SnapChap/mikethamovieguy – – and you better hurry…you only got 24 hours.

If you don’t have IG or SC…well…here are some sweet pix!

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…and the crazy thing is…seeing all the Halloween candy in stores lately…got me craving candy. Well…THANK YOU Comcast. You have fixed my cravings. (lol)

But wait! There’s more…

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How sweet are these? Bluetooth headphones. These will come in handy when Maddox is watching cartoons on my phone – Love it!

Speaking of Comcast…did you hear about Xfinity Free Pass Latino?!

COMCAST LAUNCHES ON DEMAND MOVIE EVENT: XFINITY FREEPASS LATINO

Xfinity TV Customers Get Two-Week, All-Access Pass to More Than 7,000 Hours of Programming in Spanish and English from STARZ, Pantelion Films and More

Comcast today announced the launch of Xfinity FreePass Latino, a two week, all-access pass to a bicultural content collection of more than 7,000 hours of content, including films, TV series, and music videos in Spanish and English from networks like STARZ, Cine Sony Television, ViendoMovies, Music Choice, and Lionsgate’s joint venture Pantelion Films.

Xfinity FreePass Latino takes place now through October 9 and will be available at no additional cost to all Xfinity TV customers. The content can be accessed on Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/Latino and on the Xfinity TV app and portal.

The bicultural collection features:

  • Hundreds of recent and classic films from Cinema Dinamita, Cine Latino, Cine Mexicano, and DePelicula.

  • High profile titles like the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time,Instructions Not Included, as well as Ladrones, starring telenovela superstars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yañez, and Casa de Mi Padre, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Will Ferrell.

  • Kids programming including La Isla del Faro and Los Happets from Vme Kids.

  • Early access to the premieres of new series before they air live, including NBC Universo’s The Riveras, a celeb-reality series, and Azteca America’s Rabia, a drama series produced in Spain.

  • Catch up on cult favorites like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, from El Rey based on the movie by network founder, Robert Rodriguez, and Discovery en Español’s original series Texas Trocas, an original series from Discovery en Español that follows the Mendez family as they build their custom truck building empire.

  • Music videos and original music programming from Music Choice featuring the hottest Latino artists including Jencarlos Canela, Sofia Carson, Gente de Zona, Zion and Lennox, and Chino y Nacho.

Sounds pretty cool if you ask me!

Read more here.

Latino artist Jiovanny Lopez draws the world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Young Latino artist, Jiovanny Lopez is conquering Hollywood once again with his illustration of some of the world’s most recognized characters: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jiovanny Lopez is making a name for himself through his portrait drawing of some of his favorite idols and celebrities with the goal to personally deliver these drawings to them. To date, he’s achieved this with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Thalia, Eugenio Derbez, Canelo Alvarez and Frank Grillo, among others. Currently, he has teamed up with Paramount Home Media Distribution in anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Jiovanny shares his film-inspired artwork and invites everyone to follow their dreams and exercise their passion for art.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD! #TMNT2

Below is a time lapse video of his drawing:

 

If you’d like to follow more of Jiovanny’s projects, below is his social media information:

Instagram: @AsDrawnByJio
Twitter: @AsDrawnByJio
Facebook: Facebook.com/AsDrawnbyJio

@Thisfunktional talks with Luis Guzman about PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

Thisfunktional: Interview with Luis Guzman for PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Veteran actor Luis Guzman’s first producer credit comes in “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which he also stars in, opening on June 10.

Listen to Thisfunktional Podcast for full audio interview.

Although a film with Puerto Ricans in the title and Latino actors, “Puerto Ricans in Paris” is a comedy which everyone can enjoy.

“I did not make this movie, or go about making this movie, even though the title is ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris,’ I did not make this movie for Puerto Ricans,” Guzman said. “I’ve always said, ‘I made this movie for the universe.’ That’s what I’m so proud of.”

The comedic elements in the movie are things that many people can relate to.

The comedy is well made with many funny moments, which made it appealing to Focus World to distribute.

Still, the Latino part of the movie keeps it from being widely covered by the entertainment media.

“I do still struggle with, and I don’t have any problem saying this, I do still struggle with the fact that, ok here we have this movie, and I’m still waiting to also do interviews with general market,” Guzman said. “The problem I’ve always found with Latino movies, you know, that people make for the universe, it’s like why are we only being interviewed by Latino markets? When Spike Lee does a movie he’s not just being interviewed by the (African-American market)…and so I think that’s something we have to break through.”

This movie goes from New York to Paris with many French actor involved in roles in the movie.

The barrier is not Hollywood, but what mainstream media decides to cover.

“I don’t think it’s Hollywood that puts a barrier anymore. I think that’s something that we psychologically put as a block,” Guzman said. “My thing is that we are talented but at the same time, taking it to the next level, who’s going to be that person that’s going to write that check. There are Latinos that are multimillionaires and billionaires, where are they?”

Check out “Puerto Ricans in Paris” which opens June 10.

Share the trailer on social media and your reaction with the film using #PuertoRicansInParis.

Check out some awesome shirts with Luis Guzman’s face at: in-theindustry.com/.

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#PonleAcento | Adrián González debuts MLB Jersey with proper last name spelling

After 16 years in the big leagues Gold Glove Dodger’s first basemen Adrián González stepped up to the plate with his last name properly spelled for the first time during Monday’s (5/9/16) home game at Dodger Stadium. González has added an accent mark to the “a” in his last name and in an effort to inspire other Latinos within the MLB to do the same González challenged teammate Kiké Hernández prior to the game. Hernández has also joined González and was debuting a new jersey inspired by #PonleAcento.

González may have taken one of the first steps to create this movement but now he invites other Latino MLB players to join the #PonleAcento movement. Let us know if you can share this on your blog and or social media!

Below is the official Tweet Adrián González posted yesterday:

https://twitter.com/Adrian_ElTitan/status/729806232123367424

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To learn more about the #PonleAcento movement, follow Adrián González on social media.

Facebook: Facebook.com/Adrian-Gonzelez-1705064106441778
Instagram: @adrian_eltitan
Twitter: @adrian_eltitan
Snapchat: Adrian_eltitan

COMCAST’S XFINITY FREE VIEW LATINO, THE LARGEST LATINO ON DEMAND EVENT EVER, RETURNS WITH MORE CONTENT THAN EVER BEFORE

COMCAST’S XFINITY FREE VIEW LATINO, THE LARGEST LATINO ON DEMAND EVENT EVER, RETURNS WITH MORE CONTENT THAN EVER BEFORE

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Xfinity TV Customers Get Two Weeks of Free Access to More than 3,500 Hours of Latino On Demand Programming from September 21 to October 4

Third Annual Event Includes More Content Available Across Platforms Than Ever Before, Ability to Navigate Content in English or Spanish

Comcast today announced the return of Xfinity Free View Latino, a two week all-access pass to discover and enjoy thousands of hours of the best Latino entertainment available in the U.S. for free on Xfinity On Demand. Xfinity Free View Latino will take place from September 21 through October 4 and will be available to all Xfinity TV customers across platforms, on Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/Latino and on the Xfinity TV Go app.

This year, with more than 3,500 hours and more than 5,000 On Demand content choices in Spanish and English from premium, cable and broadcast networks, Xfinity TV customers will have access to the biggest selection of entertainment options yet.

This year’s programming highlights include:

  • Early access to the premieres of new series before they air live, including the first three episodes of Telemundo’s Celia, based on the Hispanic music icon Celia Cruz, the special premiere episode of Los Milagros de Jesus (MundoMax), Magnifica 70 (HBO Latino), the first episode of Fluffy Breaks Even, a new reality series from Fuse starring comedian Gabriel Iglesias, as well as Nina’s World (Sprout) in Spanish. And, Xfinity customers will have the chance to view the upcoming season finale of Allá Te Espero (RCN Nuestra) before it airs on Nuestra Tele.
  • Complete series such as NBC UNIVERSO’s celeb-reality hit, Larrymania, as well as the cult favorite From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series from El Rey, based on the movie by Robert Rodriguez.
  • Now available to Xfinity TV customers, ENCORE ESPAÑOL ON DEMAND features a new U.S. Spanish Language film premiere every month including the Mexican blockbuster hit Nosotros Los Nobles, as well as Oscar-winner Frida and Oscar-nominated Biutiful. With more than 300 movies available in total, the event will also feature Salvando al Soldado Perez from Cinelatino, La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas from Viendomovies and Hollywood hits in Spanish from Cine Sony such as Just Go With It and The Vow.
  • Full series of popular telenovelas such as MundoMax’s La Guerrera and Telemundo’s El Señor de los Cielos 3, La Reina del Sur & El Clón from Streampix, among others. 

“Xfinity is the best place to consume your favorite Spanish or English language entertainment on demand across devices, at home or on the go. With Xfinity Free View Latino, our customers have the opportunity to enjoy the most anticipated series before they air on TV and also discover the great selection of on demand programming,” said Javier Garcia, Vice President and General Manager, Multicultural Services for Comcast Cable.  “In addition, with the recent announcement of the X1 Spanish Guide, Spanish-speaking X1 customers will have the option to discover all the great Free View Latino content in the language of their choice.”

For more details on Xfinity Free View Latino including the full programming list, please visit Xfinity.com/Latino to sort through the thousands of hours of content available and check the Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel daily for recommendations on what to watch, or join the conversation on www.facebook.com/XfinityLatino and twitter.com/XfinityLatino using hashtag #FreeViewLatino. Content availability may vary across platforms. For more information on the Xfinity Latino Entertainment channel, Multilatino packages and Xfinity On Demand, please visit www.comcast.com/Espanol. Comcast has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion since its founding nearly 50 years ago and focuses its efforts in five key areas: diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a multicultural workforce, developing a diverse supplier base, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming, and community investment in national, regional and local diverse organizations. For more background on diversity and inclusion at Comcast please visit www.comcast.com/diversity.

X1 En Español: Xfinity Customers Can Now Access First-Ever Spanish-Language TV Interface

X1 En Español: Xfinity Customers Can Now Access First-Ever Spanish-Language TV Interface
By: Javier Garcia

Today the majority of U.S. Hispanics consider themselves bicultural– with 55 percent identifying as a mix of both Latino and American. This is impacting the types of entertainment they watch in the home and according to Horowitz Research, it’s more about cultural relevance of programming than language. However, Spanish is still the predominant spoken language in bicultural homes, as it remains a component of family culture long after English proficiency is gained.

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re making some changes to our next-generation X1 platform designed to offer bicultural Hispanics an immersive viewing experience centered on language choice and greater flexibility to discover and watch their favorite programming.

First and foremost, we’re thrilled to announce that the X1 interface is now available in both Spanish and English. This new experience lets our Latino customers find and discover their favorite programming in the language of their choice and helps bridge the content divide for millions of Spanish-speaking households within the Comcast service area.

And we’re not stopping there. When the interface is set to Spanish, our voice remote will soon be updated to recognize commands spoken in this language, so our Spanish-dominant customers can more easily navigate the guide and find programming. We’ve also added new features and filters within the guide, including one-touch access to turn on/off the SAP feed via the video toolbar, to help viewers more easily discover Spanish-language and SAP-enabled content available on Xfinity On Demand.

And just in time for the start of soccer season, we’ve significantly updated our X1 Sports app to track more soccer leagues and will soon add an “Extras” experience that allows soccer fans to follow the game and stay updated with all the latest in-depth stats and analysis right on the TV screen.

We are constantly innovating to build products and services that change the way people consume entertainment and communicate, and encourage our Latino customers to get in on the action today by accessing the programming of their choice, wherever and whenever they want, in whichever language they prefer.

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