Puma TV was a privately owned television network in Venezuela that featured music videos by artists from all over the world and entertainment related topics. It was founded in 1995 as Bravo TV by the singer and actor Jose Luis Rodriguez Gonzalez (know as "El Puma"). Bravo TVs name was changed to Puma TV because the name Bravo belonged to another television network seen in the United States and Canada. Since October 5th, 2007, the channel is off the air and has been replaced by a new channel named Canal I, a news network.
For the singer and actor Jose Luis Rodriguez, the idea to create a television station that promoted Latin American talent was one of the most important dreams of his life. His dream began to become a reality in 1995 when the signal of Bravo TV (later Puma TV) entered Venezuelan homes as a television channel dedicated exclusively to the world of music and entertainment.
Puma TV is supported by music stores, movie actors, the mass media, and, of course, its viewers. "We want to give our most sincere thanks to our clients and publicity agencies that believed in us and have given their support and confidence in the quality proposal of our young channel", expressed Jose Luis Rodriguez, president and founder of the company.
From Venezuela, the signal of Puma TV transmitted to other countries via the satellite Intelsat 806 and Eutelsat (which reached millions of people in Europe). It seems that Puma TV is now only seen in just Venezuela and the United States.
During 1998, the network raised the amount of its productions from 16 programs to 20 and expanded their coverage to all of Venezuela to include cities such as Caracas and its surrounding areas, Valles del Tuy, Valencia, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Merida, Maracay, Porlamar, Puerto Cabello, Puerto Ordaz, San Cristobal, San Juan de los Morros, and Trujillo. Due to economic or other types of problems, Puma TV is now only seen in just Caracas and Maracaibo.
Puma TV has also consolidated as an interactive channel. The company today receives constant feedback by telephone, thanks to its telemarketing department, by means of call in competitions and information services.
The following is a list of shows that are produced by Puma TV:
El Estiron en Pijamas - El Estiron en Pijamas is a program conducted by Karina Leon, who is 22-years-old, and contains a teenager/pop style. Karyna Leon invites her audience, very early in the morning, to begin their day refreshed and energized.
Cine Tips - Yuri Suarez is in charge for bringing the latest and most interesting information related to the big screen.
Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 9:30pm.
Sicilia Desechable 2.0 - Hours: Monday to Fridays 10:3pm, except Wednesday.
Acceso Total - Without lines and complications, one has the opportunity on this show to see some of the best concerts performed by some of the most recognized artists.
Hours: Saturdays 10:00pm
Mega VJ In a period of two hours, Martin Imhof attempts to show as many rock n roll music videos that he possibly can. As this is a live show, viewers (by marking 881 on their cellular telephones) can send messages stating what music videos they want to see.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 5:00pm
1/2 Hora Nacional - Media Hora Nacional, a program conducted by Dr. Muu, which encourages Venezuelan artists. For half an hour once a week, plastic artists and famous bands are interviewed in a humorous way. It is aimed at viewers between 15 and 30 years of age.
El Estiron This program is seen four times a day, each time lasting for a half hour. The first edition transmits from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30pm and offers a variety of videos, extending from pop to rock.
Fashion Nights TV A show about the latest fashions and the most hip places in Caracas.
Hours: Wednesdays at 10:00pm
EPK - A program that lasts 30 minutes. It is dedicated to the events that go on behind the making of music videos and album recordings. It also includes the biographies of the artists that are seen on this show and it covers all types of music, from rock in Spanish and English to Latin American music.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays at 9:30am
Equilibrio: musica + tecnologia + Internet The public request music videos to the producers of his show by sending them text messages. The text messages then appear on the screen.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 pm.
La Removida - Is seen daily for half an hour and is conducted by Antonella Baricelli. This is a show where the most important news in entertainment is discussed.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 8:30pm.
Kronos - Kronos is a program that lasts 30 minutes and specializes in music made by legendary and deceased artists, as well as artists who have had a career as soloists that have lasted for over five years. This program reviews various different types of music, especially Latin and Anglo music.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays at 11:00am
Rapzona This program is hosted by the famous DJ and plastic artist Calos Julio Molina (DJ 13) and it is co-hosted by Budu, who is an integral part of the Venezuelan hip hop duo, "Vagos y Maleantes". Every week, the diversity of rap artists from different regions of Venezuela, as well as different parts of the world, are presented on this show.
Hours: Wednesday 9:30pm
LP Long lasting entertainment. This is a program that lasts for 5 half hours and is conducted by Katty Goossens. It contains music videos with a pop and rock genre as well as half an hour of music videos made by Venezuelan artists. It is aimed at people between 10 and 25 years of age.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 7:00pm
List of Venezuelan television channels
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