|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
Not yet available in HD.
|Slogan||MTV, Música y Más|
|Formerly called||MTV en Español (1999–2006)
MTV Tr3s (2006–2010)
|Replaced||Más Música (1998–2006)
MTV en Español (1999–2006)
|Sister channel(s)||MTV, MTV2|
|Available on some TV stations||Check listings|
Channel 1445 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Not Available|
|4040 V / 29270 / 3/4
|3995 V / 19510 / 3/4
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings for availability|
|Part of a series on|
in the United States
|Programs on MTV|
|Censorship on MTV|
|Viacom Media Networks|
Tr3s (stylized as MTV Tr3́s, tres, Spanish for the number three) is an American cable, satellite and over-the-air network. Tr3s includes lifestyle series, customized music video playlists, news documentaries that celebrate Latino culture, music and artists, and English-subtitled programming in Spanish imported from the MTV España and MTV Latin America channels. The channel is targeted toward bilingual Latinos and non-Latino Americans aged 12 to 34.
The channel is headed by Jose Tillan, Executive Vice President and General Manager.
In 1998, MTV Networks introduced a new digital-cable channel known as MTV S, the "S" standing for "Spanish". Starting October 1, 2001, the channel was re-launched as MTV en Español. The channel focused on videos by Latin rock and pop artists.
Más Música, founded in 1998, was an American cable, satellite, and over-the-air network that aired music videos from various Latin American music styles, including salsa, cumbia, regional Mexican, and contemporary Spanish-language hits. Founded by Eduardo Caballero of Caballero Television. Más Música carried the minimum required educational and informative and public affairs programming on weekends, and it was carried mainly on low-powered television stations throughout the United States.
MTV Tr3s unofficially launched on September 4, 2006, when it became available on all cable and satellite systems that previously carried MTV en Español. On September 25, 2006, MTV en Español and Más Música officially merged. The first show on the newly formed channel was the premiere of Mi TRL at 4:30 p.m. ET. There is only one feed for MTV Tr3s in the United States, as show times advertised on the station do not adjust based on time zone. For example, a new episode of Mi TRL, which regularly airs Monday at 4:30 PM Eastern /3:30 Central as advertised on the station, would air at 1:30 PM in the Pacific Time Zone.
Some former Más Música affiliates did not pick up MTV Tr3s. WZXZ-CA in Orlando, Florida reverted to MTV2 for a very short time, and then starting showing a religious infomercial repeated over-and-over, while WUBX-CA and WBXU-LP in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina metro area went off the air completely.
In its beginnings, the programming schedule of MTV Tr3s was significantly more repetitive than MTV en Español was in its last days. The channel aired shows such as Hola, My Name is MTV Tr3s, the Top 20 Countdown, Los Hits, Mis #1s, Sucker Free Latino (only 2 new shows per week), Latina Factor, Mi TRL, MTV Tr3spass, Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, Making the Video, and Diary . These programs were repeated for most of the day, which greatly reduced the amount of freeform music videos played on the channel. As months passed, however, the programming became more varied and diverse, with changing music video blocks airing several times in the day.
MTV Tr3s also ran short clips, which continue to air on the channel to this day, promoting the channel. The clips were intended to transition from commercial breaks to regular programming. They include the "MTV Tr3s: We Speak Your Language" original launch ad campaign, showing a short clip of a situation where the behavior and attitude of a younger Latino in this generation was different from that of an older Latino. Also, artists of Latino or Hispanic descent were shown voicing their opinions on certain aspects of culture of their native country or of Latinos living in America. Those such clips included "Pitbull on Cuban Women", "Jeannie Ortega on Parties", and "Frankie J on being Latino".
On February 5, 2007, the channel held its first "Spankin' New" week, which featured daily music video premieres, the premiere of Wrestling Society X (although the show had been already airing on MTV back on January 30), and the debut of a new episode of Making the Video, which covered the first single, "Qué Hiciste" from Jennifer Lopez's first full-length Spanish-language album, Como Ama una Mujer.
On July 12, 2010, MTV Tr3s dropped the MTV moniker to become simply Tr3s.
There are three titles for hour-long, non-genre based blocks of music videos aired in the day, known as Cafeina between 6:00 to 10:00 AM (was called cortadito till September 2008)(EST), Videorama from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM (EST) (scheduled rarely), and Videosomnia between 2:00 to 6:00 AM (EST). Other current music video programming not hosted by VJ's include:
These music video programs are hosted by VJ's who mostly host in English.
MTV Tr3s used opening sequences for music video shows similar to MTV2. To indicate the beginning of a music video program, a still photograph of a place from a city or neighborhood would be displayed, with MTV Tr3s' "accented three" (3́)logo animating and leading to a monochrome title card with the music video program title displayed. These opening sequences were changed in late August 2008.
Tr3s has also broadcast other MTV music-related specials such as MTV Goes Gold: New Year's Eve 2007 and Common and will.i.am Present: The Music of Freedom Writers. Occasionally, Making the Video may air on MTV Tr3s, if the video is performed by or features an artist of Latino or Hispanic origin. In addition, for the last two weeks of September 2007, the channel will rebroadcast the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, in conjunction with their broadcast of MTV Latin America Video Music Awards.
On the week of September 17 to 20, 2007, the channel showed highlights from the Rock am Ring music festival daily at midnight EST (9:00 PM PST), focusing on one band's set each day. On September 17, MTV Tr3s showed the Rock am Ring performance by Linkin Park, the following days showing the sets by Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, and Good Charlotte, respectively. Rock am Ring coverage will continue on the channel, bands to be announced.
Currently, some reality shows also air on the channel, taken from the main MTV channel and subtitled in Spanish as well as Spanish-language programming from MTV Latin America and Nickelodeon Latin America subtitled in English for broadcast in the United States. These types of programs air for no more than three hours at a time, thus allowing more music videos to be played during the day. Some programming may have little or nothing to do with Latino culture and possibly only airs to maintain rights to the programming in syndication.
Tr3s introduced "Tr3s Jr.," a Spanish language version of the Nick Jr. block, in July 2010, featuring Spanish language dubs of Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues (branded as Pistas de Blue and only including episodes hosted by Steve Burns) and Wonder Pets. The block is no longer on Tr3s as of October 2010.
Most of the broadcast stations that air Tr3s serve communities with large Hispanic populations. On the merge of Más Música and MTV Tr3s, however, former Más Música affiliate WZXZ-CA in Orlando, Florida converted to MTV2 then became affiliated with AmericaTeVe, and WUBX-CA and WBXU-LP in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina metro area went off the air completely. Tr3s is carried nationwide on most major digital cable and satellite television providers, including in areas that do not have an MTV Tr3s affiliate.
These are the current broadcast stations airing Tr3s. (Stations in BOLD are owned & operated by Viacom)
|Fresno –||KHMM-CD 23 / KZMM-CD 22|
|Los Angeles –||KBEH 63|||
|Sacramento –||KMMK-LP 14 / KMUM-CA 15|
|Salinas / Monterey / Santa Cruz -||KMMD-CD 39|
|San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose –||KMMC-LP 40|
|San Luis Obispo –||KMMA-CD 41|
|Santa Barbara –||KVMM-CD 41|
|Santa Maria –||KQMM-CD 29|
|Stockton / Modesto –||KMMW-LD 47|
|Indianapolis –||WBXI-CA 47||CBS Television Stations O&O|
|Amarillo –||KAMM-LP 30|
|Austin –||KGBS-CA 32|
|San Antonio –||KMHZ-LP 11 / KGMM-CA 44|
|San Diego –||KSDY-LD||(Was also seen in parts of Tijuana, Mexico )||(Now an affiliate to V-MAS)|
|West Palm Beach –||WBWP-LD 57||(Now an affiliate to Mundo Fox)|
|Denver –||KLPD-LD 28.2||(Now affiliated with BIZ TV)|
|Atlanta –||WTBS-LP 26 analog||(Also was seen on WANN-LD 32.2 digital (29 physical))||WTBS-LP - Replaced by Mundo Fox
WANN-LD - Replaced by Retro Television Network
|Laughlin –||KMOH-TV 6||(Now an affiliate to Mundo Fox)|
|Beaumont –||KUMY-LD 22||(Now an affiliate to Retro Television Network)|
|Brownsville –||XHRIO-TV 2||Was shown during the overnight and early morning hours (also was seen around Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico)||Now a Mundo Fox Affiliate|
|Corpus Christi –||KCBO-LP 49||(Now an affiliate to FamilyNet)|
|Dallas / Fort Worth –||KATA-CD 50||(Now an affiliate to LATV)|
|Del Rio / Eagle Pass –||KVAW 16||(also was seen in major cities in Mexico near the border between Texas and Coahuila, Mexico)||(Currently Silent)|
|McAllen / Harlingen –||KFXV-LD 67 / KTIZ-LP 52, XHRIO-TV||(secondary affiliation during early morning hours)||XHRIO-TV - Now a Mundo Fox Affiliate
KFXV-LD/KTIZ-LP - Now Fox (Primary) / My Network TV (Secondary)
|Midland / Odessa -||K22IZ 22.1||(Now an affiliate to Tele-Romantica)|
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