|Launched||August 1, 1998|
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)|
(merger with CBS Corporation pending)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Formerly called||MTV S (1998-1999)|
MTV Español (1999-2006)
|Replaced||MásMúsica TeVe (1998-2006)|
MTV Español (1999-2006)
|Sister channel(s)||MTV, MTV2|
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 41.1 (Santa Barbara, California)|
|DirecTV||Channel 445 (SD)|
|Dish Network||Channel 891 (SD)|
|G-18||4040 V / 29270 / 3/4|
VCT 766 / Channel 770 (West)
|SES-2||11750 V / 7320 / 7/8|
VCT 553 / Channel 210 (East)
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 507 (SD)|
Channel 3143 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 273 (SD)|
Channel 1660 (SD)
MTV Tres (taken from the Spanish word for the number three tres, stylized as tr3s) is an American pay television network owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a division of the Viacom Media Networks subsidiary of Viacom. Programming on MTV Tres formerly included lifestyle series, customized music video playlists, news documentaries that celebrate Latino culture, music and artists and English-subtitled programming in Spanish, imported from MTV Spain and MTV Latin America, as well as Spanish-subtitled programming from MTV. Its current format under Viacom's current 'six prime networks strategy' is an automated 24/7 schedule of only music videos with slight customization depending on the hour. The channel is targeted toward bilingual Latinos and non-Latino Americans aged 12 to 34. MTV Tres was headed by executive vice president and general manager Jose Tillan until his 2012 departure from Viacom.
As of August 2013, MTV Tres was available to approximately 36 million pay television households (totaling 32% of households with television) in the United States.
On August 1, 1998, MTV Networks launched a 24-hour digital cable channel, MTV S (the "S" standing for "Spanish"). On October 1, 2001, the channel was relaunched as MTV Español, focusing on music videos by Latin rock and pop artists. The rebranded network mainly utilized the eight-hour automated music video playlist wheel used by sister networks MTV2, MTV Hits and MTVX (later MTV Jams) without any original programming, except for repurposed content from MTV's Latin America networks.
Más Música TeVe, founded in 1998, was a network distributed in the United States on pay television that aired music videos from various Latin American music styles, including salsa, cumbia, regional Mexican, and contemporary Spanish-language hits. Founded by Eduardo Caballero of Caballero Television, MásMúsica TeVe carried the minimum requirements of educational and public affairs programming on weekends, and it was carried mainly on low-power television stations throughout the United States.
MTV Tres unofficially launched on September 4, 2006, when it became available on all subscription providers that previously carried MTV Español. On September 25, 2006, MTV Español and MásMúsica TeVe officially merged. The first program to air on the newly formed channel was the premiere of Mi TRL at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
In its beginnings, MTV Tres's programming schedule was significantly more repetitive than MTV Español was in its last days. The channel aired shows such as Hola, My Name is MTV Tres, the Top 20 Countdown, Los Hits, Mis #1s, Sucker Free Latino (only running two new shows per week), Latina Factor, Mi TRL, MTV Trespass, Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, Making the Video and Diary; the latter two and many other programs from MTV are merely subtitled into Spanish rather than carrying re-dubbed versions. These programs were repeated for most of the day, which greatly reduced the amount of freeform music videos played on the channel. As months passed, however, the programming became more varied and diverse, with changing music video blocks airing several times in the day.
On July 12, 2010, MTV Tres dropped the MTV name from its logo and name, officially rebranding as simply Tres. With the rebrand, the network expanded its programming to include additional acquired MTV programs and series from Viacom's Latin American networks. Eventually, Viacom re-sold some of the stations acquired in the Más Música deal in California and Texas back to Caballero Television, and has drawn down the amount of broadcast stations carrying the network.
Tres broadcasts on an Eastern Time schedule and does not timeshift its programming for other U.S. time zones due to the lack of an additional feed for the Pacific Time Zone.
Since 2014, MTV Tres broadcasts music videos for at least 22 hours each day (though like their sister networks NickMusic and CMT Music, the titles of the 'programs' now merely delineate an hour for electronic program guides than provide any actual video theming). Music blocks that are airing and have aired on the station are as follows:
The following music video programs were hosted by VJ's who primarily host in English:
Some reality and scripted series formerly aired on the channel, which are acquired from the flagship U.S. MTV channel (and subtitled in Spanish) as well as from MTV Latin America and Nickelodeon Latin America (which are natively broadcast in Spanish and subtitled in English for broadcast on American television). These types of programs aired for no more than three hours at a time, thus allowing more music videos to be played during the day. Some of the programs had little or nothing to do with Latino culture and possibly only aired on Tres to allow Viacom to maintain syndication rights to the programs without threatening ratings on higher-profile networks.
Tres introduced "Tres Jr.", a Spanish-language version of the Nick Jr. block, in July 2010, featuring Spanish-language dubs of Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues (branded as Pistas de Blue and only including the episodes hosted by Steve Burns) and Wonder Pets. The block was discontinued in October 2010.
Class A affiliates (and previously, former full-power affiliate KBEH-TV) aired archived Nick Jr. series Allegra's Window and Gullah Gullah Island in order to fulfill E/I programming requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission.
Since 2014 Tres has removed almost all of their non-music programming and broadcasts music videos for at least 22 hours each day.
Most of the broadcast stations that aired MTV Tres served communities with large Hispanic populations. Upon the merger of Más Música and MTV Tres, however, former Más Música affiliate WZXZ-CA in Orlando, Florida switched to MTV2, before affiliating with America TéVé, and WUBX-CA and WBXU-LP in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina market ceased operations completely. Eventually Viacom let their affiliation agreements lapse with their broadcast affiliates, and those other stations have become affiliates of other networks, or ceased all operations. Viacom's carriage agreements with cable providers also often saw the Tres cable channel preferred for carriage over a local affiliate, and most stations were unable to find cable coverage with Tres programming, notwithstanding existing complications involving low-power stations and cable carriage. KVMM-CD, channel 41 of Santa Barbara, California was the only MTV Tres affiliate that still broadcast free-to-air until May, 20, 2019, as well as the only over-the-air broadcast asset that Viacom had remaining, until it was sold to HC2 Holdings on February 15, 2019.
|Fresno/Hanford, California||KHMM-CD 23||Formerly owned by Viacom||defunct|
|KZMM-CD 22||Spanish independent|
|Los Angeles, California||KBEH 63 (Oxnard)||Also on KBLM-LP 38 (Perris) and KPLM 25 (Glendale)||infomercials|
|Palm Springs||KDUO-LP||Soon to be translator of KBLM-LP - independent/informercials|
|San Diego, California||KSDY-LD||Was also seen in parts of Tijuana, Mexico||Milenio TV|
|Santa Barbara, California||KVMM-CD||Formerly owned by Viacom & was the last over-the-air broadcast asset that Viacom had remaining.||QVC|
|Sacramento / Stockton / Modesto||KMMK-LP||Was a repeater of both former sister stations KUUM-CD & KMMW-LD, and was also formerly owned by Viacom||defunct|
|KMUM-CD 15 / KMMW-LD 47||Both stations were formerly owned by Viacom||Telemundo|
|Salinas / Monterey / Santa Cruz, California||KMMD-CD 39||3ABN Latino|
/San Jose, California
|San Luis Obispo||KMMA-CD 41||Formerly owned by Viacom|
|Santa Maria||KQMM-CD 29|
|Denver||KLPD-LD 28.2||multiplexed into various networks|
|West Palm Beach, Florida||WBWP-LD 57||MundoMax|
|Atlanta, Georgia||WTBS-LP 26||Also was seen on WANN-LD 32.2||This TV|
|Indianapolis||WBXI-CA 47||CBS Television Stations O&O||Local weather information|
|Laughlin, Nevada||KMOH-TV 6||MundoMax|
|Austin||KGBS-CD 19||Formerly owned by Viacom||multplexed into various networks|
|Beaumont, Texas||KUMY-LD 22||Soul of the South Network|
|Brownsville, Texas||XHRIO-TV 2||Programming aired during the overnight and early morning hours also was seen around Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico||MundoMax|
|Corpus Christi, Texas||KCBO-LP 49||This TV|
|Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||KATA-CD 50||Soul of the South|
|Del Rio/Eagle Pass, Texas||KVAW 16||Was also seen in major cities in Mexico near the border between Texas and Coahuila, Mexico||silent|
|McAllen/Harlingen, Texas||KFXV-LD 67/KTIZ-LP 52||Secondary affiliation during early morning hours||Took over Fox affiliation from XHRIO-TDT|
|Midland/Odessa, Texas||KMDF 22.1||defunct|
|San Antonio||KMHZ-LP 11||silent|