Once
Logo Actual Canal Once.png
Broadcast areaMexico (with international feed in the United States)
SloganVoz del Politécnico
HeadquartersMexico City
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
Ownership
OwnerNational Polytechnic Institute
History
LaunchedMarch 2, 1959; 61 years ago (1959-03-02)
Former namesOnce TV (1996-2008)
Once TV México (2008-2013)
Canal Once (2013-2019)
Links
Websitecanalonce.mx
Availability
Terrestrial
Nationwide (cities with an SPR or IPN transmitter)11.1
Cable
Izzi Telecom011
Megacable111
Available on many American cable providersConsult your local cable provider for channel availability
Satellite
SKY México111 (1111 HD)
Dish México111 (611 HD)
DirecTV (U.S.)447
Verizon Fios1567
IPTV
Totalplay011
VEMOXLive
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet Protocol television

Once (Eleven; formerly Once TV México and Canal Once) is a Mexican educational broadcast television network owned by National Polytechnic Institute. The network's flagship station is XEIPN-TDT channel 11 in Mexico City. It broadcasts across Mexico through nearly 40 TV transmitters and is required carriage on all Mexican cable and satellite providers. The network also operates an international feed which is available in the United States via satellite from DirecTV, via online from VEMOX and also on various cable outlets, on "Latino" or "Spanish" tiers. Most of its programs are also webcast through the Internet, though its programming is not the same as the actual broadcasters or satellite signal.

History

The network began broadcasting on March 2, 1959, when its flagship station became the first non-profit educational and cultural television station in Mexico, owned and operated by a Mexican institution of higher education.[1] The television channel was conceived by Alejo Peralta y Díaz, the director of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional between 1956 and 1959, and supported by his successor Eugenio Méndez Docurro, as well as Secretary of Communications and Transportation Walter Cross Buchanan and Jaime Torres Bodet, Secretary of Public Education.[1][2] Its first broadcast was a mathematics class transmitted from a small television studio located at the Casco de Santo Tomás, in the northern part of Mexico City.[1]

In 1969, Canal Once was the first Mexico City TV station to relocate its transmitter to Cerro del Chiquihuite, in order to improve its signal. It would later be joined on the mountain by most of Mexico City's other television stations as well as several radio broadcasters. Around this time, Canal Once converted to color. By the 1980s, it already had four of its own studios.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Once TV (as the network had been renamed in 1997) embarked on a two-pronged expansion strategy. The IPN built transmitters in cities such as Cuernavaca and Tijuana in the late 1990s, and in the 2000s and early 2010s, it expanded to build in the states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua. It also allied with state networks, such as those of Guerrero, Nayarit and Quintana Roo, providing them with Once TV programs. The launch of the Organismo Promotor de Medios Audiovisuales, now the Sistema Público de Radiodifusión del Estado Mexicano (SPR), in 2010 marked the beginning of a second expansion, which finally brought Once TV to such large cities as Guadalajara, Monterrey and Puebla.

Logo used from 2011 to 2013.

The SPR operates 26 transmitters to the IPN's 13, and all of them (with the exception of Mexico City) carry Canal Once as one of their subchannels.

In 2013, Once TV México returned to its original name of Canal Once as part of a branding refresh.[3]

In 2015, the IPN launched Once Niños, a subchannel of Canal Once featuring children's programming, which is available on all Canal Once transmitters operated by the IPN as well as on all Mexican cable systems. On December 31, 2015, Canal Once completed its digital television transition.

In July 2016, Olympusat added the channel to its OTT platform, VEMOX.[4][5]

Logo used from 2013 to 2019.

On January 23, 2019, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador nominated senator José Antonio Álvarez Lima to serve as the new director of Canal Once.[6] marking his return to public media after 28 years away.[7] Álvarez was installed in that position in March.[7] He announced his resignation in late October 2020, in order to fill the Senate vacancy in his seat that resulted from the death of alternate senator Joel Molina Ramírez.[8] If Álvarez Lima had opted to remain at Canal Once, the vacancy would have triggered a special election for the seat.[9]

Programs

Canal Once produces a wide variety of cultural and educational programming. It also produces and airs Once Noticias national newscasts.

Canal Once has also been one of the national broadcasters that has carried the Olympic Games under contract from América Móvil, including the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.

During Holy Week, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Canal Once, Canal Catorce, and Capital 21 co-produced for the first time television coverage of the Passion Play of Iztapalapa.

Awards

Canal Once studios in Mexico City.

Canal Once has won many national and international prizes, including the following:

Golden Prize T 08 for Program Promotion: "Violencia Doméstica"
Golden Prize T 10 for Special Event Program Promotion: "Violencia Doméstica"
Silver Prize T 08 for Program Promotion: "Diálogos en confianza" (Talk show)
Silver Prize T 27 for Non-Promotional Animation: " Master of lounge music "
  • Promax BDA World Gold Awards 2004, New York, U.S.:
Gold 56 for Consumer Topical Advertising: "Pasión por la Naturaleza "
Silver 4 for Topical Print: "Tour de cine francés"
Silver 65 for Poster: "Tour de cine francés"
Silver 69 for Illustration for Print: "Pasión por la Naturaleza "
Bronze 13 for Open: "Violencia Familiar"
Bronze 16 for Art Direction & Design, Topical Promo: " Diálogos en Confianza "