Tr3s (TV network)

Tr3́s TV Network 2010.png
Launched September 25, 2006
Owned by MTV Networks (Viacom)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan MTV, Música y Más
Country United States
Headquarters Miami, Florida
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 local listings
DirecTV Channel 445
Channel 1445 (VOD)
Dish Network Channel 872
N/Central America/Caribbean
4040 V / 29270 / 3/4
Channel 460/770
(Transponder 17)
AMC 11
N/Central America/Caribbean
3995 V / 19510 / 3/4
Channel 325
(Transponder 15)
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for availability

Tr3s (stylized as MTV Tr3́s, tres, Spanish for the number three) is an American cable, satellite and over-the-air network that prides itself as a bi-cultural entertainment destination. It is rooted in the fusion of Latin America and American music, cultures, and languages, bringing the biggest names in pop, urban, and rock music. 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.[1] The channel is targeted toward bilingual Latinos and non-Latino Americans aged 12 to 34.[2]

The channel is headed by Jose Tillan, Executive Vice President and General Manager.



Logo of MTV en Español
Logo of Más Música
Logo of MTV Tr3́s

MTV en Español

In 1998, MTV Networks introduced a new digital-cable channel known as MTV S, the "S" standing for "Spanish".[3] Starting October 1, 2001, the channel was re-launched as MTV en Español.[4] The channel focused on videos by Latin rock and pop artists.[5]

Acquisition of Más Música

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.[6] 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.

In December 2005, Viacom acquired Más Música and ten television stations affiliated with it. The sale was completed in January 2006.[7]

Launch of MTV Tr3s

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 together. 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 back 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.

Relaunch as Tr3s

On July 12, 2010, MTV Tr3s dropped the MTV moniker to become simply Tr3s.[8]


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Music video shows

There are three titles for hour-long, non-genre based blocks of music videos aired in the day, known as Cafeina[9] between 6:00 to 10:00 AM (was called cortadito till September 2008)(EST), Videorama[10] from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM (EST)(rarely airs and when it does its dominated by commercials), and Videosomnia[11] between 2:00 to 6:00 AM (EST). Other current music video programming not hosted by VJ's include:[12]

  • Classic Co.[13] – mix of videos from Latino artists of the 1980s and 1990s such as Selena, Ricky Martin, and Marc Anthony. The title is most likely an English-language play on the Spanish term for "classic", clásico, as the title might stand for "Classic Company". Airs weekdays 10:00 AM Eastern /7:00 AM Pacific Time Zone(has not aired since early 2008).
  • Los Hits[14] – Based on MTV's Big Ten and Más Música's Los Top 10, this show features the most popular videos in rotation on MTV Tr3s. It was hosted by Carlos Santos or Denise Ramirez featuring interviews with popular artists, but in March 2007 the program dropped the VJ format(not aired since mid 2007).
  • Tr3s or False a music-video text message based game show that awards viewers points for answering questions correctly, the points can be redeemed for prizes(discontinued in early 2009).
  • Music My Guey a music video show featuring viewer requested videos.
  • Top 20[14] – Similar to Las 40 Principales from Más Música, countdown of the top twenty videos rotated on the channel during the week. In late June 2008, the network changed the show's format, most music videos are no longer played in full and is now hosted by carlos santos.
  • TXTO (pronounced "texto", Spanish for "text")[15] – Block of music videos requested by callers who send text messages to the channel, in English or Spanish, dedicating videos to friends or family. Although it is loosely based on Tu Email from Más Música; TXTO does not use a VJ who reads e-mails. However, there may be occasional VJ spots in the program. TXTO URB is its spinoff that is dedicated to urban music videos.[16]
  • ¡Rock! – aired mostly in the late night hours, a mix of rock music videos from American and Latin-American bands. Among the American bands featured in the lineup are Deftones, which contain Latino vocalist Chino Moreno and turntablist Frank Delgado, and Incubus, which contain Latino drummer Jose Pasillas.(has not aired since October 2007)
  • MixMex[17] – music videos of artists from Mexico(replaced with ReMexa in March 2009).
  • Street Mix – block of urban music videos, focusing on artists performing within the genres of hip-hop, reggaeton, and R&B, focusing on Spanish-speaking artists with occasional American videos from non-Latino, English-speaking artists.[18](was called EL Sonidero until September 2008)
  • Videoteca- (formally known as V.P.M., short for Video Party Music[19]) focuses on rhythmic videos (Cancelled on July 12, 2010 due to the relaunch)

These music video programs are hosted by VJ's who mostly host in English.

  • Sucker Free Latino – Hosted by L. Boogs, this show similar to Más Música's Zona Urbana and MTV's Sucker Free plays the popular music videos in the genres of hip-hop, R&B, and reggaeton, mostly from Latino artists, but some videos may come from American artists like The Fugees or Ludacris, with interviews (replaced with SFL5)
  • Mi TRL – Based on MTV's Total Request Live and Más Música's Pidelo, hosted by Carlos Santos, new episodes air weekly on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (with rebroadcasts throughout the week on the channel as well as rebroadcasts on MTV hits), with the top ten requested videos based on voting on the MTV Tr3s website, featuring live performances and interviews.(discontinued along with TRL in November 2008, then revived in February 2009 in entertainment as a second language)
  • Indie 101 – Hosted by Martin Chan, this show similar to Más Música's Rokmania focuses on indie rock bands from Latin America.
  • ReMexa – Hosted by singer Jazmín López. A 60 minute daily show featuring music videos of different genres including Banda, Ranchera, Duranguense and Norteña.

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 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.

Non-music programming

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.

Re-aired programming

Original programming

  • Entertainment as a Second Language
  • Lugar Heights
  • Karlifornia
  • Mis ViDeos Locos!
  • Rock Dinner
  • Pimpeando
  • Quiero Mis Quinces – a version of My Super Sweet 16, with the exception of the age of the celebration being 15, the norm in most Latin-American countries.
  • Speak Tr3s
  • Yo Soy Jenny Rivera

Broadcast affiliates

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, 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. It is also carried on mobile TV via FLO TV, but only for Verizon Wireless customers with the extra pay TV service. It is not currently available to AT&T Mobility customers, which instead get another exclusive FLO TV channel not on Verizon.

To fulfill FCC educational and informational programming requirements for full-service television stations, KBEH and KMOH-TV air Doug, Gullah Gullah Island and Allegra's Window on weekday mornings.

These are the current broadcast stations airing Tr3s.


See also


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  2. ^ Becker, Anne (2006-04-03). "MTV Christens MTV Tr3s". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ Hay, Carla. MTV Latin Channel To Become 'MTV EspaÑol'. Billboard: August 24, 2001
  4. ^ Hay, Carla. Latin Mtv Set To Relaunch As Mtv Español. Billboard: September 1, 2001
  5. ^ Marroquin, Elena. Hispanic Cable Television Landscape. Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau
  6. ^ Meet Eduardo Caballero
  7. ^ Higgins, John M. (2006-04-02). "MTV Makes Bilingual Music". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas is the PLace to Be on July 12th for Latinos Seeking a New Prime-Time Destination". Earth Times. July, 7 2010.,1374336.html. Retrieved July, 12 2010. 
  9. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  10. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  11. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  12. ^ FIND MTV TR3S
  13. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  14. ^ a b KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  15. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  16. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  17. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  18. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  19. ^ KBEH-63 | MTV Tr3s
  20. ^ "About Us". MTV Tr3́s Phoenix website. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  21. ^ "KMOH". MTV Tr3́s Phoenix website. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  22. ^ "KBEH-63". MTV Tr3s LA website. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  23. ^ "Programming". Fox Rio 2 website. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  24. ^ "Broadcast Actions". FCC CDBS Database. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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