BBC Worldwide Channels has announced the launch of its first wholly-owned Spanish language channel in the US.
Dedicated pre-school station Cbeebies will be available through DISH Network, the third largest pay-TV provider in the US.
DISH is currently available in 13.78 million homes in the States. It will make Cbeebies accessible to all subscribers of its DishLatino package and the newly launched DishMexico package on channel 848. The channel will be a live feed of BBC Worldwide's Latin American version, which launched in Mexico in August.
"The introduction of a Spanish version of Cbeebies into the US Hispanic market is a momentous achievement for BBC Worldwide Channels in this hugely competitive territory," said Darren Childs, MD of BBC Worldwide Channels.
"As well as complementing BBC America, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, it means that we're able to reach out to millions of Americans for whom Spanish is their first language."
Cbeebies has had a rapid launch schedule around the world. In addition to the Hispanic feed for Mexico and the US, the channel has also launched in Africa, Australia, Poland, India and across Asia in the last 12 months.