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List of Line-Up Changes on DirecTV Latin America (1996-1999)

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Current logo of DIRECTV Latin America since 2018

Main article: List of channels on DIRECTV Latin America
See also: List of Line-Up Changes on DirecTV Latin America (1999-2005)

DIRECTV Latin America was launched in late 1996 in Mexico as Galaxy Latin America, a joint-venture between Hughes Electronics (then parent company), Cisneros Group from Venezuela, MVS Multivisión from Mexico and Televisão Abril from Brazil. Starting there the service roll out into others countries of Latin America, forming new ventures like in Chile (with VTR, forming VTR Galaxy, selling it in 2005 to Sky Chile) and the Caribbean (with Caribbean Communications Network, forming Galaxy Caribbean, selling it in 2000 back to Cisneros Group, owner of the 50% of the company).

Channel lineup

1996

The very-first channel lineup of DIRECTV in Latin America was used between 1996 and May 1, 1999, when was reorganized for the first time. At this moment the service was only available in Mexico and Brasil.

MEX BRA Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Notes
100 100 Canal Informativo Galaxy Latin America, LLC Services Barker Channel
102 102 TNT Turner Broadcasting System Latin America Movies
104 104 Tele Uno Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc. TV series & Movies
106 106 USA Network Paramount Communications TV series & Movies
108 108 Sony Entertainment Television Sony Pictures Television Latin America TV series & Movies
110 110 The Warner Channel HBO Latin America Group/Time Warner Entertainment TV series & Movies
112 MÁS MVS Multivisión Entertainment
118 Gems Televisión Empresas 1BC Entertainment
130 130 TVE Radio Televisión Española International
132 132 Antena 3 Internacional Grupo Zeta International
134 134 Rai Internazionale Rai International
136 136 Net Pack MVS Multivisión International
138 138 Deutsche Welle TV Deutsche Welle International
140 140 RTP Internacional Rádio e Televisão de Portugal International
159 TV Cultura Fundação Padre Anchieta Free-to-Air
161 TV Educativa Associação de Comunicação Educativa Roquette Pinto Free-to-Air
163 TV Senado Senade of Brazil Free-to-Air
166 XHIMT-TV (Azteca 7) Televisión Azteca Free-to-Air
169 Central Nacional de Televisão Organizações Martinez Free-to-Air
172 XHDF-TV (Azteca 13) Televisión Azteca Free-to-Air
180 180 Cartoon Network Turner Broadcasting System Latin America Kids
182 ZAS MVS Multivisión Kids
193 MTV Brasil Televisão Abril Music
194 194 MTV MTV Networks Latin America Music Branded in Brazil as MTV Latino
210 ESPN ESPN Media Networks Latin America Sports
211 ESPN2 ESPN Media Networks Latin America Sports
213 ESPN Brasil Televisão Abril Sports
232 Telenoticias CBS Cable, Inc. News
234 234 BBC World BBC Worldwide News
236 236 CNN International Turner Broadcasting System News
252 252 Bloomberg Information TV Bloomberg L.P. News
260 E! Entertainment Television HBO Latin America Group Entertainment
262 262 Travel Channel Landmark Communications, Inc. Lifestyle
272 272 Discovery Channel Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic Knowledge
274 Mundo Olé HBO Latin America Group/A&E Networks Knowledge
302 302 Multipremier MVS Multivisión Movies
304 Film & Arts Bravo Internacional (Bravo Networsk) Movies
305 Bravo Brasil Bravo Internacional/Televisão Abril Movies
306 Multicinema MVS Multivisión Movies
310 Cine Latino MVS Multivisión Movies
320 Cinecanal East LAPTV, LLC Movies Premium movie channel
322 Cinecanal West LAPTV, LLC Movies Premium movie channel
324 Cinecanal 2 LAPTV, LLC Movies Premium movie channel
330 HBO Olé East HBO Olé Partners Movies Premium movie channel
332 HBO Olé West HBO Olé Partners Movies Premium movie channel
334 HBO Olé 2 HBO Olé Partners Movies Premium movie channel
336 Cinemax East HBO Olé Partners Movies Premium movie channel
338 Cinemax West HBO Olé Partners Movies Premium movie channel
? HBO Brazil Televisão Abril Movies Premium movie channel
? HBO 2 Televisão Abril Movies Premium movie channel
401-436 401-436 Cine DIRECTV Galaxy Latin America, LLC Pay-per-view movies
500-536 500-536 DIRECTV Eventos Galaxy Latin America, LLC Pay-per-view events
596 596 AdulTVision Cisneros Television Group Adults
602-660 602-660 DIRECTV Audio Galaxy Latin America, LLC Digital audio music channels
900 900 Clase Cisneros Television Group Educational

November

MEX BRA Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
184 184 Locomotion Cisneros Television Group/Hearst Corporation Kids added Launched in November 1, 1996

1997

March

MEX BRA CHI Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
129 129 TV Chile Televisión Nacional de Chile International added
156 Televisión Nacional de Chile State of Chile Free-to-air added Added alongside the launch of DIRECTV in Chile

April

MEX BRA CHI Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
398 398 398 Disney Weekend The Walt Disney Company Pay-per-view added Added the predecesor of Disney Channel Latin America, as a family pay-per-view service available in weekends.

June

MEX BRA CHI Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
260 E! Entertainment Television HBO Latin America Group Entertainment added Added the Brazilian version.
274 Mundo Olé HBO Latin America Group/A&E Networks Knowledge added Added the Brazilian version.

Unknow date

MEX BRA CHI Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
326 326 Movie City West LAPTV, LLC Movie added Added as a Premium movie service.
328 328 Movie City East LAPTV, LLC Movie added Added as a Premium movie service.

1998

June

MEX BRA CHI Channel Name Owner/parent company Genre Status Notes
129 129 129 ART Arab Radio & Television Network International added
135 135 135 TV5Monde TV5Monde, S.A. International added
199 199 199 MCM MCM Group Music added
208 208 208 CNN Sports Illustrated Turner Broadcasting System Sports & News added
250 250 250 CNNfn Turner Broadcasting System News added
250 250 250 CNNfn Turner Broadcasting System News added
270 270 270 Animal Planet Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic Knowledge added
595 595 595 Venus Cisneros Television Group Adults added
646-649 646-649 646-649 The Weather Channel Landmark Communications, Inc. Weather added Addead as a interactive service, feauturing multiple channels according the region.