12 September 2016
September Channel Launch Marks Food Network’s First Entry into Market
MIAMI (September 12, 2016) – Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the leading global developers of engaging lifestyle content, announced today the expansion of Food Network into Mexico with the recent launch on Totalplay, one of the country's leading fiber optic network providers. Food Network, the leading global culinary lifestyle channel, launched earlier this month in high-definition on Totalplay Donde Sea, channel 226.
“Food Network’s launch in Mexico marks a significant milestone for the company as we enter into one of the largest, fastest growing and more promising markets for our brands,” said Eduardo Hauser, Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Scripps Networks Interactive. “Mexican gastronomy and Mexican content have had a tremendous impact on the global culinary and entertainment stages. We look forward to infusing Food Network with Mexican influence through local programming as well as help bring global culinary content to the Mexican viewers.”
Food Network features international hit series including ruthless cooking competition Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which follows host Guy Fieri on a cross-country road trip as he visits some of America's classic diners; and Chopped, a cooking competition show that is all about skill, speed and ingenuity.
“As we continue to expand our TV offering, we look to enhance them with channels that appeal to our customers,” said Hugo Adrián Hernández, Director of Content Acquisition, Totalplay. “Food Network provides a new entertainment experience for our customers who will certainly enjoy all that this new channel has to offer.”
Food Network is a unique lifestyle network that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. The channel offers a mix of local original productions and international shows focused on culinary competitions, tips for gatherings with family and friends and cooking techniques.
Food Network launched in 1993 in the Unites States and is today a top 10 cable network. Food Network is now available in over 150 million households across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. 
In Latin America, the channel first launched in Brazil in November 2014 – and extended its reach across the region in 2015.  Today, the channel is distributed in both standard and high definition via two individual feeds, Spanish and Portuguese, reaching approximately eight million homes across Latin America.
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive (Nasdaq: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively engage more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit scrippsnetworksinteractive.com. To learn more about Food Network in Latin America, please visit: http://foodnetworklatam.com; https://www.facebook.com/foodnetworklatam; https://instagram.com/foodnetworklatam/.
About Totalplay Telecomunicaciones
Totalplay is one of the most innovative triple play service providers in Mexico, with a fiber optic network that offers some of the fastest Internet connections in the Americas. The company dedicates itself to entertainment innovation and interactive experiences, and was the first carrier in Latin America to introduce 4K TV. Totalplay is part of Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value and improving society through excellence. Founded by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas, Grupo Salinas companies include Grupo Elektra --Latin America's leading financial services company and specialty retailer and the largest non-bank provider of cash advance services in the United States, with over 6,000 points of sale in Mexico, the US, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Peru-- and Azteca --one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, operating two national television networks in Mexico, El Trece and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated stations across the country, and Proyecto 40, a UHF channel. Azteca affiliates include Azteca America, a broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market-- Other Grupo Salinas companies are Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia and Azteca Comunicaciones Peru, which connect rural areas with world class fiber optic networks.


Cecelia Bender

Scripps Networks International
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