I recently started a new job that consists of me traveling a lot. As I’ve stayed at different hotels, some of them being part of well-known global chains, I’ve realized that many don’t offer standard Spanish Language channels like Univision or Telemundo on their TV Channel Guide. This pisses me off every time!
Within a few seconds of searching, I found the following statistics and reports regarding Spanish Language Programming and its continuous success.
A recent study of 25 metro markets in the United States found that Spanish-language programming was the most popular format. In the New York City area, the newscast on the Spanish-language Noticias 41 and Noticiero Univision, often have higher ratings than ‘the big three’ network news shows on CBS, NBC, and ABC. In addition, worldwide, even English takes a back seat to Spanish with 330 million native speakers in the world, compared to 346 million for Spanish.
“English Broadcast Network Ratings Decline vs. Last Season Close To Long Term Trend”
“Galavision: #1 Spanish-Language Cable Network And Growing”
“Latino TV station tops US ratings”
With these facts and studies being true, I don’t understand the reasoning behind, for example, Hilton Hotels not having Spanish Language Channels available to their guests. It’s not a matter of money, because these are basic standard channels available on regular U.S. TV at no extra cost. Why omit these channels from their line-up? Why aren’t these channels available? Can someone please give me answer?!
I tweeted Hilton with this question, but of course, they didn’t reply. I have also complained at the different Hotels I have been a guest at, and will continue to do so every time. It might not change things, but I won’t stay quiet or stop trying. My voice will be heard.