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HITN Continues To Stand with Puerto Rico

HITN Continues To Stand with Puerto Rico

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, continues to stand with Puerto Rico and proudly joined the tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who came to New York City from all over the country to celebrate the 61st National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2018 this past Sunday, June 10th. This years’ theme, “One People, Many Voices,” honored not only the rich culture of Puerto Rico, but paid tribute to those who work endlessly, from the mainland as well as the island, to strengthen and rebuild the island after Hurricane Maria.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Health Awareness

HITN Showcases Health Content to Raise Awarness Among U.S. Hispanic Community

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 The network will use its “Voces” educational capsules to raise awareness of health-related issues among Hispanic audiences

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today that it will support the Lymphoma Research Foundation in its mission to raise awareness of health-related issues among Hispanic audiences, reaffirming its commitment to promote educational content that benefits Hispanic families.

HITN will incorporate “Voces,” a series of two-minute educational capsule, into its programming grid to inform Spanish-speaking audiences about this type of cancer, which affects more than 100,000 people in the United States each year. In addition, the network will participate for the second consecutive year in the foundation’s New York Lymphoma Walk to raise funds for lymphoma research, which will be held this year in Manhattan on June 13.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest lymphoma-focused health organization devoted to improving care through education and support services and improving outcomes through investment in the most promising lymphoma research. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve all those impacted by this blood cancer. LRF has awarded more than $60 million in lymphoma-specific research.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation has always been the trusted source of up-to-date information, so dedicating an episode that would spotlight their good work was an easy decision,” said Angel Audiffred Director of Marketing at HITN.

We are thrilled to host our first ever Team LRF Rally here in New York City, uniting the lymphoma community in the quest to cure lymphoma. It is our honor to recognize Dr. Younes as our Grand Marshal, and to recognize the exceptional efforts of Team Desimone, as well as the many other individuals and participating organizations like HITN, in this year’s event.” commented Dennis Chillemi, Senior Director of Development for The Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Every five minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with lymphoma, and it is one of the most common types of blood cancers among Hispanics. With “Voces,” HITN will reach millions of Hispanic households with content that will help them stay informed and learn about ways to become involved in activities that benefit the community.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN President & CEO Michael D. Nieves Invests in the Quebradillas Baseball Organization

HITN President & CEO Michael D. Nieves Invests in the Quebradillas Baseball Organization

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HITN President & CEO Michael D. Nieves, an enthusiastic supporter of the Quebradillas Baseball Organization, and an active churchgoer in Brooklyn’s Bushwick community, has invested in the well-being of the neighborhood’s children, where he grew up. Mr. Nieves was chosen as the Grand Marshal for the Quebradillas Baseball Organization’s 16th Annual Opening Day Parade. HITN continues to support the great work of the Quebradillas Baseball Organization through sponsoring teams, donations for the organization’s Christmas toy drive and their yearly fundraising dance.

The Quebradillas Baseball Organization founded 16 years ago, is a non-for profit which serves children ages 4-12 in the Bushwick community. Their goals are to help children to learn more on sportsmanship and build confidence during the summer in a safe, fun and productive manner along with their families and friends.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN expands in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard Signs Lease to Expand HITN’s Footprint at Building 292

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Nation’s largest Spanish-language public broadcasting network to expand footprint by 40,000 SF

 Brooklyn, NY (May 24, 2018) – The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) today announced the signing of a ten-year lease with HITN, the largest Spanish-language public broadcasting network in the country. The move marks a significant expansion for the network in the Yard’s Building 292, where it currently occupies 21,000 square feet. Now, it will take an additional 25,000 square feet of interior space and 15,000 square feet of rooftop studio space. The expansion will create 40-65 permanent jobs, adding to HITN’s 57 jobs at the Yard, helping to further BNYDC’s mission to create high-quality, accessible, middle-class jobs.

Our growth as an organization started three years ago when we determined that in order for HITN to remain a relevant source of smart programming for Hispanic families we  would  need  to  adapt  to  the  evolving  habits  of  ‘anytime,  anywhere’  media  consumption,”  said Michael D. Nieves, CEO and President of HITN.I’m proud to say that these efforts are paying off. We now reach 44 million households and more Hispanic families than ever before, and as a result, our operations have grown  to  the  point  where  we  need additional office space to accommodate our growing staff and additional studio space to  continue  producing  the  compelling,  smart content  that  Hispanic families can’t find anywhere else.  Since Brooklyn has now replaced Manhattan as New York’s destination for   media productions, it was only natural that our expansion occur at the Yard.

HITN’s new space will house the station’s new headquarters, including offices, production studios, editing and core tech space. HITN’s growth over the past five years prompted this expansion, as the company moved from 33 employees in 2013 to 57 in 2018, with additional plans to add staff. In the past two and a half years, they have hired 13 full time employees through the BNYDC employment center and offered internships to 23 high school and college students through a BNYDC partnership with local schools and CUNY campuses.

The Network will also build a LEED-certified rooftop studio and event space on the north-facing roof of Building 292. The rooftop space will feature clear views of Lower Manhattan, the Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. This space will be used by HITN in its television operations and other media organizations.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is currently undergoing a $1 billion expansion – its largest since WWII – which will add more than 2 million square feet of space and 10,000 new jobs by 2020, more than doubling employment at the Yard to more than 17,000 jobs.

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language network focused on educational and cultural programing for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes across the United States and Puerto Rico. The new studio expansion will produce content which aims to mirror the   unique bicultural Hispanic lifestyle in New York City and across the country.

HITN’s programming lineup includes several awards winning shows that have a focus on health and wellness, science and technology, natural history, and early-education. In recent years, the network has expanded its programming slate, closing several content agreements with networks such as: Discovery, NatGeo, AMC and BBC.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Anti-cyber-bullying Program

HITN Television Partners With Brooklyn District Attorney to Introduce New Anti Cyber-Bullying Program

By | HITN

#BKAmplified will tackle youth violence through the use of digital-storytelling app 

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, is partnering with Brooklyn District Attorney’s Bureau of Youth Diversion and Initiatives to create #BKAmplified – a digital storytelling and social media literacy initiative designed to address the negative effects of cyber-bullying.

The goal of this #BKAmplified campaign is to tackle cyber-bullying by assisting teenagers in creating short films that share their individual experiences and those of their peers. At the center of this initiative is an app designed to produce short videos and allows them to be shared via social media with peers, educators, and family members to help make their voices heard and promote powerful, real world impact. The app was created by DIYdoc, a smartphone app production company with a mission to enable young teens to create high quality films through the ease of inexpensive smartphones.

On Wednesday, February 7th, the #BKAmplified initiative will be hosting a video screening and workshop featuring videos produced by local high school students from several Brooklyn-based after-school programs. The screening and workshop session will take place from, 6:00-8:00pm at HITN’s studios located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Participants will receive greetings and opening remarks by HITN’s President and CEO Mike Nieves, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and John Carlin, co-creator of the DIYdoc app. The screening and workshop will feature videos and a moderated panel discussion led by the students. This educational, digital storytelling initiative uses project-based learning and peer tutoring to reach the HITN and the DA’s goal of educating at-risk teens on this challenging and sensitive topic.

By partnering with the Brooklyn District Attorney to tackle cyber-bullying, we send a message to young victims that lets them know they’re not alone, ” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “We want to demonstrate that through the use of technology, young people have an outlet to express their stories. Through the #BKAmplify campaign, we can collectively pursue the goal of creating a community driven focus toward the positive engagement that aims to target cyber-bullying.

The world is changing because almost everyone has a powerful video camera in their hands in the form of a smartphone,” says DIYdoc producer David Grandison, Jr.  “It’s time we use these smartphones and all the other social media apps for something good.

Brooklyn District Attorney’s Bureau of Youth Initiatives creates and manages programs and initiatives designed to meet the Office’s overall mission to keep Brooklyn residents safe through the prevention of crime and delinquency.  The Bureau fulfills this mission through educational programming, recreational activities, mentorships, internships, and career readiness initiatives that provide an in-depth understanding of the District Attorney’s role in the criminal justice system. To that end, the Office aims to build a well-informed citizenry that will contribute to the creation of a safer Brooklyn for generations to come.

DIYdoc is a technology company made up of app and media producers with a mission to enable young people to use inexpensive smartphones, that are widely available, to understand film-making better and create high quality films that matter. www.diydoc.tv

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Reyes Magos de Viques

HITN President and CEO To Be Special Guest At The XIX Festival De Los Reyes Magos de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Michael D. Nieves will be honored as a special guest member of the board of directors of the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques for his activism and humanitarian work in support of Puerto Ricans in mainland United States

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, confirmed the attendance of Michael D. Nieves, the network’s President and CEO, as a special guest member of the board of directors of the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques. Nieves was invited in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend the rights of Puerto Ricans on the mainland. The festival will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Esperanza Park in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

“It will be an honor to attend the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques this year on behalf of all of the Puerto Ricans who strive to uphold Puerto Rican values and traditions outside of the island,” Nieves remarked. “It is important to start 2018 with the certainty that we are capable of facing misfortune with the cheerfulness and persistence that characterize our people. Puerto Rico is reinventing itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by doing what it does best: celebrating life through its music, values and traditions.”

Nieves was one of two boricuas unanimously chosen as honorees by the festival’s board of directors this year for their dedication to promoting the rights of Puerto Ricans in the mainland US. The organizers cited Nieves’s activism and humanitarian work.

“Ever since the Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques was founded in 2000, Michael has given us his unconditional support in the form of his participation and sponsorship,” noted Ramón Figuero Sorrintin, President and Founder of the Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques. “He supports the Vieques community in other ways as well through his collaboration with ‘Vieques en Rescate,’ a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients on the island. For all of these reasons, we felt he deserved to
have the festival dedicated to him this year.”

Michael D. Nieves currently leads HITN’s general operations, making sure its programming is in line with the network’s vision and mission. These include educating viewers by providing relevant content that helps them understand their civic duties and responsibilities as useful members of society. Before joining HITN, Nieves held a number of city government positions in New York City, where he is known for his political activism and humanitarian work.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN TV BRINGS LAURA MASNATTA ON BOARD AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Laura Masnatta On Board As Executive Producer

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertaining programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the hiring of Laura Masnatta as Executive Producer. Masnatta, who will be based in Miami, will lead various production projects for HITN and report to Guillermo Sierra, who leads the Television and Digital Services team at HITN.

“Incorporating well-known and experienced professionals such as Laura is key to HITN’s success,” Sierra remarked. “Her addition to our team is in line with network strategy and will contribute to our efforts to expand our offering of high-quality educational and entertainment content, to the benefit of US Hispanic audiences.”

In her new position, Masnatta will be responsible for driving production of original promotional capsules for HITN’s different programming blocks, such as Nature, Lifestyle and Health, and a new documentary series the network plans to add.  She will also lead production of a new interview show hosted by political commentator Gerson Borrero featuring exclusive conversations with well-known US political figures in Washington, D.C.

“Laura has collaborated with HITN before with exceptional results. A case in point is ‘Vive tu Momento,’ the campaign we aired last year to inform Hispanic audiences about important issues in the electoral process,” said Mike Nieves, President, and CEO, HITN. “Laura has also produced capsules for our Lifestyle and Health section, so we are familiar with her style, her understanding of the Hispanic market and the high standards she expects, all of which have helped build her reputation in the television production industry.”

Masnatta has extensive experience as an independent producer.  Before joining HITN, she led her own production house, People Project Film, collaborating with leading industry players such as Univision and Freemantle Media.  Her background also includes collaborative projects with Discovery Channel, Telemundo, Vme, Mega TV and Fox International Channels Italy.

HITN was recently named “Social Good Leader of the Year” by Cynopsis magazine for Laura’s work on “Tu Momento 2016,” an educational campaign about the US presidential elections.  In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy for “22 Minutos” Everglades, which aired on Mega TV.

Masnatta holds a BA in Film Directing from the National Institute of Cinematography (CERC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has completed television production seminars at Channel +Plus, France.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

MAXIMILIANO VACCARO DIRECTOR DIGITAL SERVICES

HITN TV Names Maximiliano Vaccaro Director Of Digital Services

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Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertaining programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the appointment of Maximiliano Vaccaro as Director of Digital Services.  Vaccaro, who will be based in Miami, will join the company as of Monday, May 1 and report directly to Television and Digital Services Head Guillermo Sierra.

Maximiliano is known as one of the most creative and talented professionals in the Pay TV industry in Latin America and the US Hispanic market,Sierra commented. “He will play a crucial role in our efforts to bring our growing audience a competitive offering of products and services in the increasingly important digital arena.

“We are pleased to incorporate an executive with Maximiliano’s professional background and experience into the HITN team,” HITN’s Marketing Director, Angel Audiffred, added. “His addition to our company will help us develop new tools to strengthen our marketing initiatives and allow audiences to access our content on a variety of different platforms.

Vaccaro will be responsible for implementing HITN’s strategy to complement its television offering with cutting-edge digital services. In addition to launching an OTT platform, the network is working to expand its online content and services.

Vaccaro has extensive experience as a strategist and developer of digital products and services.  Before joining HITN, he spent more than 10 years at Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, where he conceived and implemented new platforms and social media initiatives for all of the company’s networks and led the launch of its digital products and services in Latin America, Brazil and the US Hispanic market.  Previously, he developed and executed BTL campaigns in his native Argentina for clients including Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Clarin Media Group, Danone and Microsoft Argentina.  Recently he has been involved in project development for companies such as Netflix, PlayStation and Marriott.

For the last four years, Vaccaro has been a member of the judging panel for the International Digital Emmy Awards.  He has been nominated for a number of industry accolades, including a Webby and CableFAX Best of the Web Award for developing the Discovery Kids Latin America website. He received a Promax Gold Award for Doki’s Laboratory Game and nominations for Digital Emmy and Webby awards for his work on Huella Latente Interactive.

Vaccaro has a degree in graphic design from Universidad de Buenos Aires.  He is fluent in Spanish and English.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Social Good Leader - Tu Momento 2016

HITN Wins Award Social Good Leader of The Year

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, a non-profit organization with a Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households in the United States, was awarded Cynopsis Media’s Social Good Leader award for its innovative Tu Momento 2016 campaign.

A Social Good Leader

Tu Momento 2016 (Your Moment 2016) was an educational and informational campaign designed and produced by HITN to help Hispanics across the country better understand the U.S. presidential election process. The campaign, launched April 2016, released a new educational video every few months that coincided with the ongoing events of the presidential election that took place last year. Tu Momento addressed questions like: What is a political convention? Who are super delegates? How does the Electoral College work? By using a combination of short vignettes designed with info-graphics, along with carefully crafted explanations, HITN took complicated subject matter and successfully communicated to its viewers the importance of better understanding the details of the presidential electoral process.

“What an honor to win this award and to be named the Social Good Leader of the year,” says Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television at HITN. “Everyday, we continue to strive to do good work at HITN and it is our responsibility to deliver content to its audience so more Hispanics and Latinos understand that, as Americans, we too should have a voice.”

The Tu Momento 2016 campaign took a life of its own when as an added incentive to ensure that HITN Hispanic viewers did the research that Tu Momento 2016 encouraged, HITN created the Vive Tu Momento Contest (Live Your Moment). This contest was not a game of luck, but rather a test of knowledge. Participants were challenged to utilize their grasp of the presidential election and their understanding of the Electoral College to present an analysis of how each state would vote on election night. The winner of this contest would win a historic three-day, all-inclusive trip to experience the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

HITN’s winner, who actually voted for the first time this year, proved to be even more politically astute than most experienced political consultants. She correctly predicted how 46 states would vote; attributed her success to the Tu Momento campaign. It was her commitment to a thorough search and a sound analysis that had earned this intelligent and diligent Latina a trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

HITN is more than pleased, we are overwhelmed to be recognized for our groundbreaking series on educating Hispanics about the election process,” says Gerson Borrero, host of HITN’s Tu Momento 2016. “Tu Momento 2016 was our first production toward offering this kind of programming, and HITN will continue to create content that serves the interest of our audience.”

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

tv production service hub

HITN and Imagina US Partner to Establish A Full TV Production Service Hub

By | HITN

Partnership will deliver full-service production resources to NYC Market  along with new jobs and economic growth to Downtown Brooklyn with a new TV Production Service Hub

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the first non-commercial, Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 42 million homes nationwide on satellite and cable, has entered into a new partnership agreement with Imagina US, a leading production and broadcast company for the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. The partnership will leverage HITN’s 20,000 plus sq. ft. studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Downtown Brooklyn with spectacular views of the Manhattan Freedom Tower and the Williamsburg Bridge, with Imagina US’s 20-year track record in technical, production and audiovisual expertise, to provide a one-stop shop for production, post-production and network origination services to serve broadcast and production clients in the New York City area.

This has been an incredible year for HITN and this new partnership with Imagina US represents another milestone in HITN’s evolution. In addition to the educational and cultural programing HITN has provided for years, it will soon also offer high-quality, full-service production resources to the truly diverse market that is New York City,” said Mike Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “This partnership also aligns with HITN’s commitment to our local community by delivering yet another important project to the ever growing Downtown Brooklyn area and by presenting career opportunities to our young neighbors who are interested in working in the media industry.

By entering into this strategic partnership with HITN, Imagina US continues to expand its presence in an important market and it will open new doors to clients and communities,” said Irantzu Diez-Gamboa, President of Imagina US.We are proud of the exceptional group of professionals we have to manage HITN’s broadcast and production needs as well as those of third party clients in the New York area. 

Imagina US is the Americas division of Imagina Group, a European leader in the entertainment industry, focused on providing the best audiovisual one-stop-shop, covering clients’ production, post-production, technical and commercial needs. Imagina US, founded in 1999, is a pioneer production company in the US Hispanic TV industry and a key partner for the successful development and distribution of audiovisual content. Imagina US had revenue of approximately $54 million in 2015; its service portfolio includes: content production, post-production, management and TV rights acquisition, distribution and broadcast of TV networks, among others. For more info: http://www.imaginaus.com/

About HITN

HITN-TV es la compañía líder de medios en idioma español, enfocada en programación educativa y cultural para toda la familia. Alcanza a más de 44 millones a través de los EE. UU. y Puerto Rico por DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, y Cablevision. Para más información, visite  www.hitn.org