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Edye Receives Certification from KidSAFE Seal Program

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY, Monday, September 20, 2021 – HITN proudly announced that EDYE, its premium SVOD preschool service has officially been certified by the KidSAFE + COPPA Seal Program. The KidSAFE Seal Program is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including kid-targeted game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, and other similar interactive services and technologies. The KidSafe Seal program www.kidsafeseal.com as an FTC approved COPPA certification is one of the highest standards of online safety and privacy certifications that prioritizes the safety children. EDYE is a premium SVOD service that offers smart entertainment for children ages 2 to 6 and provides access to a mix of carefully curated content from the most important preschool programming producers from around the world.

“We are incredibly proud of the recognition EDYE has received with the KidSAFE+/COPPA certification. This reinforces our commitment to provide a children’s service with meaningful entertainment that parents in the United States and Latin America can trust”, said Maximiliano Vaccaro, VP of Digital Services at HITN.

Since its launch in 2019, EDYE has filled an important void of high-quality content provided in a safe environment. EDYE provides parents and preschool-age kids with opportunities to learn in a fun and unique way alongside their most beloved characters anytime, anywhere. With more than 2,500 episodes from over 70 preschool series, EDYE has created a dedicated educational parent guide for every single series, giving caregivers the opportunity to accompany children on their journey of discovery, transforming a passive watching experience, into a more engaging family moment. Children and parents can spend quality time together with their favorite characters such as Heidi, Sarah & Duck, Mölang, Maya the Bee, Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Polly Pocket, and many more. In addition to the robust video content, the service also includes games, activities, and books through its apps and a parent guides section.

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is certified by kidSAFE Seal Program and committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected from the most well- known content studios around the globe. Children and parents can find over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, bringing together more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive games, books, and parent guides. EDYE is available in the US on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV, and ROKU. EDYE is available on Claro Video throughout Latin America and in Mexico on Megacable. For more information, visit: https://edye.com/ Follow EDYE on Instagram, Facebook.

New York State Senator presents a proclamation to HITN for its mission of service to the Hispanic community

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda (D-32) presents HITN’s CEO & President Mike Nieves with a Proclamation honoring HITN’s mission to advance the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspirations of Spanish Speaking communities in New York State. This award exemplifies HITN-TV’s dedicated efforts and initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.

This special award also recognized HITN:

HITN-TV utilizing its reach and capacities, offers community based initiatives that include health & Wellness events, early education initiatives, informative educational seminars, and apprenticeship programs promoting the use of technology to provide opportunity and career pathways to Latino Populations.

HITN recently enacted a strategic push in the e-sports industry by organizing tournaments and boot camps across New York State and Chicago, building partnerships with sports and tech organizations as a model for innovation and education for children in underserved communities and whereas HITN-TV plans to continue its esports investment with plans to expand its tournaments and training program boot camps across the United States.

HITN-TV’s digital and technology services include a robust social media presence, apps for preschoolers, and streamed programming for on demand education and entertainment, providing a safe environment for children and families to spend quality time together and whereas HITN-TV with the power to leverage its technical and creative assets, HITN-TV’s viewer base continues to grow and evolve, as the stations’ reach expands on the air, online and on the ground in the communities it serves, its positive impact increases as well.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN’s Commitment to Local Community Recognized by City and State Magazine

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – Understanding that local communities play a significant role in shaping policy and driving social change, the City & State’s inaugural Community Engagement Power 50 list features a diverse array of philanthropic leaders, government officials and community members who have led initiatives to advocate and bring much-needed attention to some of today’s most pressing issues impacting New Yorkers. HITN’s Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Angel Audiffred, has been recognized as one of New York’s most influential and impactful community leaders in the first edition of City & State’s Community Engagement Power 50 list.

This recognition reinforces HITN’s on-going commitment to local communities in areas of Health, Education and socio-economic growth, where HITN has provided much needed educational resources and technical guidance during the pandemic. HITN secured WiFi enabled tablets for students from urban schools in NYC as they transitioned into remote learning. HITN participated in Back to school events in partnership with NYC schools and elected officials, ensuring all children begin their school year with new backpacks fully loaded with supplies. The pandemic also presented opportunities where  ITN helped community based organizations launch their annual events virtually, such as the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade, NHCSL’s 18th Annual Summit, and the annual SOMOS Virtual Gala. A major initiative earlier in the year where HITN collaborated with CENSUS 2020 in a city-wide Essay writing contest, drew participation of over 300 students in a major effort to raise awareness to accurate counts in hard-to-count communities.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN participates in virtual kickoff to the Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday Commemoration

By COMMUNITY

HITN’s President and CEO Mike Nieves congratulates Smithsonian Museum on their 175th Anniversary.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Faces of The Future at Citi Field

By COMMUNITY

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— NYC Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams and President & CEO of HITN Mike Nieves at Citi Field with their son and daughter Jordan Coleman and Daniela Nieves, respectively, after a memorable first pitch thrown by Jordan during the New York Mets game on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

“Every Mets fan dreams of throwing a first pitch at @CitiField (and Shea Stadium before that, for those of us who are OG fans). I never dreamed big enough to envision my son Jordan throwing a first pitch to ME.” Said Eric Adams on his latest tweet.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Announces Call for Entries

By COMMUNITY

HITN invites filmmakers to participate in inaugural film festival empowering young Latinx creatives

Brooklyn, NY – ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is now accepting submissions for its first annual festival, set to debut from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021. Previously scheduled to take place on April 2020, the online film festival had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Presented by HITN TV, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is designed to support emerging Latinx filmmakers and creatives in their endeavors. It informs, inspires, and elevates the voices of those who struggle for visibility on screen and behind the camera by providing a platform for young changemakers to express themselves through art, creativity, and innovation.

“This initiative aims to shine a light on compelling, untold Latinx stories. We want to showcase the talents, vision, history, and culture of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities; in this way, the festival gives young Latinos a platform to express their perspectives through film,” said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN.

“We’re excited to be back and look forward to welcoming submissions for our rescheduled 2021 inaugural edition,” added Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Director. “This festival’s theme speaks to what brought us to this moment in time and invites us to imagine a future where we are all seen, heard, and most importantly, counted. Beyond promoting diversity and inclusion, the festival and its series of “Conversations Among X” virtual panels are designed to invite discussion and reflection among the larger Latinx content-creating community about the issues that affect us today. Whether you are an amateur filmmaker in college or a high school student who aspires to make movies one day, we want to hear your story.”

Beyond the film festival, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival presents a tri-weekly series of networking and entertaining virtual panels featuring well-known, award-winning filmmakers, artists, and creatives – all sharing their stories, experiences, and insights to help young Latinx looking to grow in the industry. Find out about upcoming “Conversations Among X” panels at CineYouthFest.org.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival hosts short films that feature a Latinx in a creative lead position either in front or behind the camera. High school and college students are invited to direct, shoot and create their films to enter the festival. English or Spanish-language works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on CineYouthFest.org or through Film Freeway.

Submission fees are structured as follows:

  • • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $20 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $25 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Special fees apply for student films:

  • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $10 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $15 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

Entries will be selected by submission only. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

All film genres, including documentary, drama, animation, comedy, and narrative, are eligible.

Filmmakers must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to enter, or if younger, submit parental / guardian permission.

Only films completed between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2021 are eligible for this festival. Visit CineYouthFest.org for a complete list of rules and eligibility criteria.

Awards

The selection of films for the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival will be announced on September 13 and the selection will be screened on CineYouthFest.org from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021.

An independent jury will evaluate all entries based on a variety of factors, including awareness of the subject matter, creativity in the approach of the subject matter, technical aspects such as directing, acting, cinematography and editing, originality, and inspirational and storytelling impact of the piece. Judges will select two winners from a pool of finalists. A grand prize winner will be chosen to receive a cash prize of $5000. An additional student scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to the outstanding work submitted by a student. Certificates for e-learning courses will be given to recipients of honorable mentions to continue mastering their craft. Winners will be announced at the end of October on HITN GO and on the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival website.

To date, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is being presented in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Centro – Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, NALIP, Frank Sinatra High School, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, St. Francis College, and the University of Houston.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Lina Sands, director of marketing, at LSands@hitn.org.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV es una empresa líder de medios en español que ofrece programación educativa y cultural para toda la familia. Llega a más de 44 millones de hogares en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico a través de DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism y Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Descargue la aplicación “HITN GO” Everywhere disponible en Apple, Android, Apple TV y Roku® con una suscripción por cable. Para obtener más información, visite: www.hitn.org y siga a @HITNtv en las plataformas sociales.

EDYE surpasses 1 million paying subscribers in the United States and Latin America

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY, July 13, 2021 – HITN announced today that EDYE, its premium SVOD preschool service in Spanish, has surpassed a major milestone, reaching more than 1 million subscribers in the United States and Latin America.

EDYE has a growing distribution through pay TV operators Claro Video (pan regionally) and Megacable (Mexico) and is also available throughout the Americas on Apple mobile devices and Apple TV, Google Play for Android devices and Android TV, ROKU and Amazon Fire.

Edye is an SVOD platform that offers smart entertainment for children ages 2 to 6 and provides access to a mix of carefully curated content from the most important preschool programming producers from around the globe.

Since its launch in 2019, EDYE has filled an important void of high-quality content provided in a safe environment that offers preschool-age kids opportunities to learn in a fun and unique way alongside their most beloved characters like Heidi, Sarah & Duck, Mölang, Maya the Bee, Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Polly Pocket, and many, many more. In addition to video content, the service includes games, activities, and books through its apps.

EDYE offers more than 2,500 episodes of over 70 preschool series and has created educational parent guide for each one of them, allowing caregivers to get involved, break the passive watching experience, create meaningful family moments, and accompany the children in their discovery journey.

“As a non-profit organization, with over 40 years of experience providing educational services to the Hispanic community, HITN was perfectly positioned to create EDYE and to offer parents in the United States and Latin America with a service they can trust to provide their children with meaningful entertainment. We are very excited to know that over a million families can now enjoy it” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

For more information, visit edye.com and follow EDYE on facebook, twitter, Youtube and Instagram

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians, and educators. Children and parents can find over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, bringing together more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive games, books, and parent guides. EDYE is available in the US on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV, and ROKU. EDYE is available on Claro Video throughout Latin America and in Mexico on Megacable. For more information, visit: https://edye.com/ Follow EDYE on Instagram, Facebook

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV, and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Empowering Latinos in Media with HITN & NALIP

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, New York – In an on-going effort to raise awareness to the underrepresentation of Latinos in the media industry, Cine Youth Fest (cineyouthfest.org) and NALIP (https://www.nalip.org/programs) joined forces to promote and bring together a diverse community of creatives to share stories, network, provide resources and reinforce a more inclusive culture both on and off screen. CYF will be featured in NALIP’s Virtual Annual 2021 Media Summit (https://virtual.nalipmediasummit.com/home). The NALIP Media Summit will take place July 19-21 as they aim to educate and boost diverse voices and help creatives, like yourselves, grow within the entertainment industry!

Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest, powered by HITN-TV, America’s only Spanish language television network, invites filmmakers to participate in its virtual film festival. Submission period opens July 19! Films submitted from 1 minute to 30 minutes are officially accepted for the first edition of the Cine Youth Fest to debut from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021 during Hispanic Heritage month online. Top 5 films will be featured on HITN-TV and on HITN GO – HITN’s entertainment digital APP.

Don’t miss these amazing learning opportunities and send us your story for the chance to win! Prizes: $5,000 GRAND Prize, $2,000 Student Prize and 20 virtual learning courses.

And there’s more! Stay tuned for more information on CYF Young Filmmakers Conference taking place at St. Francis College on September 29, 2021! cineyouthfest.org

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Megacable welcomes EDYE, the first spanish language premium SVOD service for preschoolers

By TV & DIGITAL

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HITN-TV announced an agreement with Megacable, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Mexico and Latin America to include its new premium Pre-school SVOD service EDYE as part of their XView VOD service. This agreement will allow all Megacable subscribers to access, without additional cost, more than 2,500 episodes of high quality entertaining educational content, 70+ well-known preschool series, along with parent guides and engaging activities targeted for preschoolers ages 2 – 6 starting on July 1, 2021.

EDYE is a safe space for children to engage with high quality content, carefully selected, where they can find more than 70 top preschool series such as Pocoyo, Daniel Tiger, Heidi, Maya the Bee, Sarah and Duck, Polly Pocket, Molang, Sid the Science Kid and more, that bring together more than 2,500 episodes, in addition to hundreds of games and activity books for parents and children to enjoy having fun together. Edye has developed extensive guides for parents, which offer detailed information to better understand what their children are learning by watching the content, as well as activities related to the programs to create memorable family moments and quality time with children.

“We are delighted that EDYE is now included as part of Megacable’s Xview service, which will allow all of their subscribers to enjoy EDYE’s extraordinary educational and entertainment content,” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN. “Through this partnership, we are strengthening our growing presence in Latin America, as we celebrate EDYE’s second anniversary,” Sierra added.

“At Megacable we are committed to bringing the best entertainment experience to our subscribers by bringing valuable content to their homes for the whole family and EDYE is no exception. Parents will be able to enjoy guides that guide them to support the areas of development they want to strengthen in their little ones with the series that this service offers,” said Gerardo Seifert Arriola, Director of Marketing for Megacable.

For more information, visit edye.com and follow EDYE on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

About MEGACABLE

Megacable Holdings, S.A.B. de C.V., is one of the largest Cable Telecommunications operators in Mexico and LatAm. The Company has presence in 26 states and more than 360 municipalities. As of March 2021, Megacable has more than 3.9 million unique subscribers, including more than 3.5 million broadband subscribers, more than 3.4 million paid TV subscribers, and more than 2.7 million for telephony. Our network extends to more than 63.7 thousand kilometers covering more than 9.0 million homes passed. Megacable has more than 23 thousand employees.

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians and educators. Children and parents can find over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, bringing together more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive games, books and parent guides. EDYE is available in the US on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV and ROKU. EDYE is available on Claro Video throughout Latin America and in Mexico on Megacable. For more information, visit: https://edye.com/ Follow EDYE on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

New York is officially Open!

By COMMUNITY

HITN Celebrated the reopening of New York with families and neighbors at the Larimar Community Center in the Bronx on Saturday, June 12, 2021.  Governor Andrew  M. Cuomo announced Covid-19 restrictions lifted as 70% of Adult New Yorkers have received first Dose of the Vaccine.

This celebratory event, “Welcome Back – Community Day” was hosted in partnership with NYS Assemblyman Jose Rivera and made possible with collaboration from Emblem Health, North Central Bronx Hospital and NYC Parks and Recreation.  Larimar Community Center is located on 2668 Decatur Avenue between 194/195 Streets.

The Event included FREE popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, balloon twisters, fun games and prizes for the entire family.  The event brought a renewed sense of energy and hope to the families in this community.

Don’t miss out on our next event in your community!

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.