Source: Cuban News Agency
July 14 2016
Dish Latino, part of the American satellite network Dish has signed a deal to show Cuban television shows and films in the United States on a new channel called CubamaxTV. The initiative includes the popular comedy show Living by One´s Wit, top rated on the island.
CCTV reported that the lead character in the comedy, an 80-year-old pensioner called Panfilo, is played by a much younger actor Luis Silva, who recently flew to the U.S. for the official channel launch.
There are around 2 million Cuban Americans, many of them living in Miami. The older generation, who consider themselves political exiles, may not approve. But their children and more recent arrivals, mainly economic migrants, are the potential audience, according to CCTV.
A window on Cuban culture
The Cuban partner, state television’s commercial wing RTV, hopes this will become a window on Cuban culture for a wider audience as well.
This new channel isn’t just showing programs produced by Cuba’s state-run television here. It’s also a showcase for some of the island’s independent film and documentary makers.
The programming also includes a mix of soap operas, comedies and TV series along with documentaries and films. The only shows that won’t be offered are news and political programs.