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The Olympics

TOP 4 LATINA HOPEFULS TO FOLLOW IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES

The Olympics is a celebration of competition, passion and nationalism that unites nations like no other organized event in the world. For 17 days we will closely watch athletes demonstrate hard work and commitment by overcoming their toughest obstacles in order to earn one of the highest honors in their sport. These athletes include many Latinas that have already become an inspiration to both men and women around the world; from 16 year old Puerto Rican-American gymnast Laurie Hernandez to Colombian BMX cyclist Mariana Pajón, many Latinas are sure to make a mark in sports history this summer.

You can follow every minute of their journeys through Comcast’s Xfinity. The company has created the ultimate Olympics experience on the X1 platform – Front Row to Rio – where you can easily search, discover and access more than 6,000 hours of live, on demand, and online streaming content, and do so with just the sound of your voice in the language of your choice using the X1 voice remote. As part of the experience, Xfinity will provide a personalized dashboard that gives you the ability to favorite nations, teams and athletes and check out “Must See Moments” when the competition gets fierce. With Xfinity, you won’t have to miss a second of the top Latinas competing in this year’s Games.

Here’s a list of the top 4 Latina athletes to follow during the Olympic Games:

Laurie Hernandez: Team U.S.A’s Overnight Sensation (U.S.A, Gymnastics) –Laurie Hernandez, the first U.S.-born Hispanic and youngest member of the “Fierce Five” U.S. gymnastics team, was unknown by casual fans until her breakout performance six months ago in the national championships. This star’s electrifying performances on the floor and the highest beam score during the U.S. trials earned her a spot on the team that is favored to win. To make sure you catch each moment of this up-and-coming star’s performances, Xfinity will provide “Must See Moments” notifications in real-time for marquee Olympic events like gymnastics that you won’t want to miss.

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Mariana Pajón: BMX Champ Prepares to Rule Again in Rio (Colombia, BMX) – Mariana Pajón is arguably the best female BMX cyclist in the world and earned Colombia its second gold medal in history during the 2012 Olympic games in London. Pajón showed the world that women have what it takes to compete in an extreme sport that is dominated by men. She’s a superstar in her home country and part of a new generation of athletes that have put Colombia as a legitimate contender in a variety of sports. You can keep up with her and the rest of her Olympic team by adding Colombia on your ‘Favorites’ section.

Mariana Pajon

Idalys Ortiz: Unstoppable Cuban Judoka (Cuba, Judo) – After beginning her judo training at 10 years old, Idalys Ortiz earned a spot on the Cuban national team at the ripe age of 15. Now at 26, and with two world championships under her belt since winning the gold in London 2012, Ortiz will be no easy competition in the women’s heavyweight division in Rio. You can follow her journey through the Olympics by saying her name into the X1 Voice Remote or by simply saying the word “judo.”

Idalys Ortiz

Las Leonas: Fierce Legends in the Making (Argentina, Field Hockey) –This Argentinian field hockey team has recently won its seventh world championship trophy, the most by any national team and have won over 20 official titles since the year 2000 when their breakthrough summer earned them the nickname “Las Leonas.” Their nickname came from having a reputation for being relentless even when a match appears to be lost so you can be sure they won’t stop until they’ve reached gold. Catch all the highlights of this determined field hockey team’s matches on the X1 Sports app and the NBC Sports app wherever you go. With these apps you’ll be able to catch live results and scores, real-time stats and highlights of each of their nail-biting games.

Las Leonas

Whether you’re inspired by Laurie’s personality-filled dance routines or Idalys’ unstoppable takedown, Comcast’s X1 is your front row to catching every second of these action-packed competitions from day one.

Keep up with your favorite Latina athletes this summer with Xfinity and enjoy every moment of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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The Strain

Jesus (thisfunktional.com) and I recently got some Blu-ray/DVD news for the season 2 release of THE STRAIN. Once we got it – we decided we had to share it. (lol) Enjoy!

HEAR PODCAST HERE

If you’re a fan of THE STRAIN…check out our recap show (podcast) – you can find it at the following spots…

The Strain Season 1 – thevro.com

The Strain Season 2 – audioboom.com/channel/iwatchmike and iTunes search: TALKING THE STRAIN

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Check this out Walking Dead fans…Jesus of ThisFunktional.com did a take over on my SnapChat. THE WALKING DEAD BABY!

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Kids Zone-Spanish Guide

We first introduced Xfinity Kids Zone last year and the response from users has been terrific. Kids have a safe place to watch TV independently and parents get peace of mind knowing the content has been deemed age-appropriate by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org).

Today we’re making Kids Zone a truly bicultural experience: now available in Spanish, Kids Zone meets the needs of today’s Hispanic families and gives children a fun place to browse and watch TV in the language of their choice.

This also will be the first experience that provides parents access to Common Sense Media’s age-based ratings and reviews in Spanish – directly on the TV – for some of the most-popular Latino kids TV programs including El Chavo Animado, Tayo, Nina’s World and Plaza Sésamo. We’ll work with Common Sense Media to grow the catalog of in-language rated content over time and keep arming bicultural families with more resources and information to aid the decision-making process.

Kids Zone seamlessly blends live, on demand, DVR’d and purchased English and Spanish-language programming into one simple and safe user interface that can be set to either language. It can be easily accessed via the kids section of Xfinity On Demand or by simply saying “Kids Zone” into the X1 voice remote. Kids Zone provides customizable settings allowing parents to filter content by a specific age-group and set up a four-digit pin to prevent children from exiting Kids Zone without permission.

The updates we’re making to Kids Zone on the X1 are one more example of how Xfinity is transforming the home entertainment experience for our bicultural Latino customers and their families.

ZooMoo

LEARN HOW TO MAKE BALLOON ANIMALS WITH NINJA GORILLA ON ZOOMOO’S NEW SHOW POP FICTION, EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV

Pop Fiction debuts this Sunday, May 1 at 1pm ET/12pm CT and rebroadcasts at 5pm ET/4pm CT exclusively on channel 432 DIRECTV

ZooMoo, the channel that’s “All about animals, all the time,” debuts its latest program Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), starring Gorilla Ninja! Like any good ninja, Gorilla Ninja knows how to use his hands in a very creative way and can create amazing animals using balloons.

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Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop) debuts this Sunday, May 1 at 1pm ET/12pm CT and rebroadcasts at 5pm ET/4pm CT exclusively on channel 432 DIRECTV.

In Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), Gorilla Ninja opens his storybook and details how animals came to be exactly as they are today. Always with a trick up his sleeve, Gorilla Ninja converts colorful balloons to animal form to better illustrate his stories. Have you ever wondered how the giraffe’s long neck came to be? How the turtle got its shell? Or how do tigers get their stripes? In Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), you’ll get all the answers to these questions and more.

Balloons aren’t Gorilla Ninja’s only area of expertise. Watch this video to learn how to make an origami penguin with Gorilla Ninja and his primate friend, the extraordinary Francis the lemur. To learn more about the animal world through the art of origami, don’t miss ZooMoo’s Origanimals (Origanimales) every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am ET / 10:30am CT (repeats at 4:30am and 6:30pm ET / 3:30am and 5:30pm CT).

ZooMoo, the first interactive children’s channel in the world designed to promote a love of nature and animals through a unique and safe experience combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

The channel is complemented by a free downloadable, standalone App that when synced to the channel enhances the interactivity by also turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of the channel, providing a one-of-a-kind multiplatform experience that allows viewers to automatically collect animals they encounter on the TV screen by bringing them to life on their mobile devices with games, music, puzzles and other activities.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

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ZOOMOO, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH DIRECTV CHANNEL 432, CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY WITH THE ORANGUTAN FAMILY FUN SPECIAL

“All about animals, all the time,” ZooMoo zeroes in on the orangutan and all the endangered primates who are losing their natural habitat

ZooMoo is celebrating Earth Day and 2016 as the Year of the Monkey with the Orangutan Family Fun Special (Especial de la Familia Orangután). This show pays homage to all the different species of primates that are decreasing in numbers and increasingly facing threats to and loss of their natural habitats. During this program, the orangutan Baby DJ (Monito DJ) scans his family tree next to his father Douglas Orang to learn (and also teach) about the different primates that are part of their extended family, such as the chimpanzees, macaques, proboscis monkeys, Japanese macaques, langurs, gorillas and gibbons. The Orangutan Family Special airs Saturdays at 8am and 6pm ET / 7am and 5pm CT exclusively on DIRECTV’s channel 432.

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The Orangutan Family Fun Special is not the only show on ZooMoo that features fascinating primates. In Storytime, Mom Orang’ (Mamá Orangután) reads stories about the animal world to her baby Baby DJ before bedtime. Check out this clip from Storytime, which teaches children about the African legend of how the bat got its wings.

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Baby DJ is always ready to take off his headphones for Storytime

Programs like Storytime demonstrate that when you teach about the various types of animals from around the world, learning about other human cultures becomes inevitable.

Another primate in ZooMoo’s cast is a creature from southern Madagascar so spectacular that its mere existence marvels the mind: the lemur. On the screen, this exotic species is brought to life by Francis, an extroverted artist, painter and sculptor with a deep French accent who explores the animal world through art. You can watch Francis the Lemur showcase his artistry on the shows Draw it and Sculpt it. Here is a clip from Draw it where he paints a blowfish.

…and another one from Sculpt it, where he uses clay to mold a ferocious crocodile.

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Francis is always amazed by his own creations

Featuring programming that is designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique television experience, ZooMoo’s Orangutan Family Fun Special is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day while spending quality and enriching time with the kids.

ZooMoo combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

ZooMoo also offers multimedia content and a mobile application that can be used by itself, but when synced to the channel it enhances the television experience by turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of what’s on the TV screen allowing children to automatically collect the animals that appear on it.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

Angela Ortiz, from SeFijaOnline.com, talks with Sleepy Hallow’s Nikki Reeds and Jessica Camacho at WonderCon2016.

The two talk about their growing roles on the show and their feelings about the Sleepy Hollow universe.

Watchathon Week is back!! Beginning April 18 – 24 you will be able to have unlimited access to the hottest shows out there on premium, broadcast and cable networks. No matter what you want to watch, Watchathon makes it easy! You can catch you on your favorite shows are start watching that one popular show everyone talks about!

Watchathon

If you’re like most people, you simply cannot find the time to stay current with all the great TV that’s available. Fortunately, there’s Watchathon Week, an annual TV binge-athon that gives Xfinity TV customers free, unlimited access to the hottest shows from premium, cable and broadcast networks on Xfinity On Demand. With carte-blanche access to more than 250 series from April 18 – 24, there may be no better time to hunker down and catch-up on all you’ve been missing. What’s more, most of this great programming will also be available on-the-go via the Xfinity TV mobile app and website.

Of course, not everyone watches the same sort of shows. What kind of TV watcher are you?

The One-Show Die Hard:

You have no intention of moving from the couch until you finish your series from start to finish. Maybe you’ve heard co-workers gab about HBO’s Game of Thrones or you’ve heard good things about STARZ’s Power but never got around to watching. Or maybe you plan to use the week to watch every episode from every seasons of FOX’s The Simpsons. That’s right – every single episode (nearly 600 of them!) from the series are yours for the binging during the week. Here’s your chance to settle in, fire up your set-top box and let the episodes roll on Xfinity On Demand.

The One-Genre Fanatic:

Is any and all reality TV your thing? If so, use the week to catch up on current seasons of NBC’s The Voice, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. If you prefer reality that broadens your horizons a bit more you can check out every episode from every season of Discovery’s hits Bering Sea Gold and Gold Rush. Just looking for some good drama? During Watchathon Week, you can follow the infamous trial of the O.J. Simpson case on FX’s American Crime Story or step into the historic worlds of History’s The Vikings and STARZ’s Outlander and Black Sails.  If you simply prefer to watch some laugh out loud comedy, USA’s Playing House, NBC’s Superstore, FOX’s The Grinder and TV Land’s Younger can put a smile on your face and prove a great option for when you’re in the need for something quick and light.

The Español Loyalist:

You know you’ve got options and choose to watch your entertainment in Español, because you can. Whether you’re a fan of telenovelas or looking for a new top rated show in English to obsess about in Spanish with SAP (secondary audio programming), Watchathon Week gives you free access to more of the programming you want in your language of preference. So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action today and catch up on all four seasons of Telemundo’s super series El Señor de los Cielos. You’ll also have access to programs available only during Watchathon Week like Nuestra Tele’s La Viuda de la Mafia and Pasiones’ Xica de Silva, as well all episodes of Telemundo’s Dueños del Paraiso and the current season of La Viuda Negra from UniMás.

The FOMO Inflicted:

In other words, do you have a “fear of missing out” and always want to be in the know with the latest pop culture developments? If so, Watchathon Week is your chance to catch up on current seasons of all the buzziest TV you’ve been missing, including the FOX’s Empire and AMC’s The Walking Dead. You can also check out the entire first season of the hot new shows that had everyone talking, including USA’s Mr. Robot, FOX’s Scream Queens, ABC’s Quantico and NBC’s Chicago Med.

The Indecisive:

Can’t make a decision? It’s hard when there are so many options. Don’t worry—Xfinity’s team of entertainment experts has you covered with a long list of recommendations on www.Xfinity.com/Watchathon to help you make the most of the week.

So, binge on.

HULU and UNIVERSAL INK GROUNDBREAKING DEAL FOR CURIOUS GEORGE® TV

All TV Episodes and Future Seasons, as well as Specials

From One of the Most Celebrated Kids Series,

To Stream Exclusively on Hulu

SANTA MONICA, CA – In an extensive, multi-year agreement forged by the NBCU Television & New Media Distribution group, Hulu has secured the exclusive subscription streaming rights to one of the highest-rated kids television properties, CURIOUS GEORGE®The deal will bring past and future seasons of the two-time Emmy® Award-winning series, as well as television specials and feature-length original movies from everyone’s favorite monkey, exclusively to Hulu. All of the offerings will be available to stream in Hulu’s commercial-free Hulu Kids environment.

Beginning March 31st, Hulu will become the exclusive subscription streaming home to all nine seasons – over 100 episodes – of CURIOUS GEORGE® TV series, which is produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s production arm, Universal 1440 Entertainment. Hulu will also be the U.S. premiere home to new seasons of the series over the coming years. In addition, television specials including Curious George: Swings Into Spring, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, along with the feature-length originals Curious George: Follow That MonkeyCurious George: Back To The Jungle and future direct-to-TV specials will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

“CURIOUS GEORGE® is one of the most beloved characters in kids programming and we are delighted to bring the TV series to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “As we continue to add the best of premium television to our service, this partnership represents both an expansion and a commitment to our kids and family offering.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu on CURIOUS GEORGE®, and we salute them for recognizing the value of this important children’s series and the significance of its addition to their kids and family offering,” said Frances Manfredi, President NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution.

“For 75 years, CURIOUS GEORGE® has transcended generations, inspiring and delighting children and parents around the world,” said Glenn Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Through this landmark alliance, television’s acclaimed property has found the ideal digital home in Hulu Kids, ensuring that Curious George’s extraordinary legacy and longevity carry on for many years to come.”

Since its television debut, CURIOUS GEORGE® has consistently ranked as the highest-rated children’s animated preschool series on PBS Kids.  The series has earned the esteemed distinction of being the top children’s animated preschool series across all TV networks for five of its nine seasons.  In addition to winning two Emmy®  Awards for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, the PBS KIDS program has also earned a total of 12 Emmy® nominations across various categories.

All CURIOUS GEORGE® episodes, specials and feature-length originals will be made available to stream in Hulu’s commercial-free Hulu Kids environment which is designed to let kids and parents discover the best of kids TV including hits from content partners including Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and PBS. Recommended programming within Hulu Kids is restricted to other commercial-free children’s programming so kids can quickly and securely jump to their favorite shows. The CURIOUS GEORGE® franchise will be available to stream in both Hulu’s No Commercials and Limited Commercials subscription plans.

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ZOOMOO AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV LAUNCHES SAFARI POP

The new program broadcasts exclusively on DIRECTV channel 432 every Sunday at 12pm ET / 11:00am CT

ZooMoo, the first interactive children’s channel in the world designed to promote a love of nature and animals through a unique and safe experience, has released a new show called Safari Pop. Throughout this program the host, Gorilla Ninja (one of the channel’s biggest star) uses his superpowers to transport children to different parts of the world, like the desert, snow, somewhere high up in the trees, under water, etc., so they will learn about the animals that live there.

Tune in to Safari Pop exclusively on DIRECTV channel 432 every Sunday at 12pm ET / 11:00am CT (with repeats on the same day at 5 and 7 pm ET / 4 and 6pm CT).

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Gorilla Ninja, who uses his incredible karate skills to convert any object into an amazing creation, also appears in other ZooMoo programs next to his fellow cast members. You can also watch him in the show ¡Perdido! (Lost!), where Flash the puppy teaches children about different parts of the world using photographs as clues so his friends along with viewers, may find him when he is lost. Gorilla Ninja is also on the program A Esculpir (Sculpt It) next to its host Francis the raccoon, where children are taught to create art pieces with clay. Together they all help young children develop knowledge and affection for animals, taking children on a lifelong journey of love for nature conservation with each of its programs.

Gorilla Ninja

ZooMoo combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

ZooMoo also offers multimedia content and a mobile application that can be used by itself, but when synced to the channel it enhances the television experience turning smart phones and tablets into an extension of what’s on the TV screen allowing children to automatically collect the animals that appear in it.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

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