Sistema Público de Radiodifusión del Estado Mexicano

The Sistema Público de Radiodifusión del Estado Mexicano (Mexican State Public Broadcasting System, abbreviated SPR) until 2014, is an independent Mexican government agency. Its mission is to support the development of public broadcasting in the country and expand its coverage. it outcarries this goal through ownership of a nationwide network of transmitters and the management of its own public television channel, Canal Catorce. It also owns four radio stations.

History

By 2010, two major public television stations existed in Mexico: the National Polytechnic Institute's Once TV and Conaculta's Canal 22. The National Autonomous University in Mexico also operated low-powered test broadcaster XHUNAM-TDT channel 20 and the TV UNAM pay-TV network. However, not all of these stations, especially Canal 22 and TV UNAM, had national coverage outside of pay television services. None of them had a general national reach above 30%. Even then, major cities, including Guadalajara and Monterrey, were not in Canal Once's signal footprint.

As a result, on March 31, 2010, a decree established the Organismo Promotor de Medios Audiovisuales (Promoting Organization for Broadcast Media, OPMA) to build and construct new digital-equipped transmitter facilities, with the goal of increasing national coverage of public television in Mexico. Indeed, when the first four OPMA transmitters were launched on July 12, 2010, national coverage for Canal Once (then known as Once TV México) jumped from 28 to 42%; it is now at 66%.

The 2014 Mexican telecommunications reform transformed OPMA into the SPR, effective August 13, 2014. At the same time, the system became an independent agency no longer under the auspices of the Secretariat of the Interior (SEGOB).

On August 26, 2015, the IFT awarded the SPR concessions for seven new TV stations and two radio stations.[1] In 2016, the SPR received another package of seven TV stations, all on VHF, as well as three radio stations—the SPR has since surrendered all of the TV concessions and two of the three radio stations. A sixth radio station in Colima was approved in 2018.

Television network

SPR's flagship television network, Canal Catorce (Channel 14), broadcasts documentaries and other programs. Its programming is designed to strengthen the democratic values of Mexican society.

Television transmitters

SPR's transmitter network currently covers 66% of the Mexican population. The flagship station is XHSPR-TDT in Mexico City. Ten transmitters, denoted with asterisks, carry Ingenio TV (14.2) and Canal del Congreso (45.1) in addition to other services.[2][3] The SPR received packages of concessions to expand its network in 2015 (Tepic, La Paz, Acapulco, Chetumal, Cancún, Torreón, San Luis Potosí) and 2016 (Durango, Pachuca, Puerto Vallarta, Matías Romero, Tehuacán, Culiacán, Guaymas). In 2018, in order to facilitate the repacking of TV services out of the 600 MHz band (channels 38-51), 12 SPR transmitters were assigned new channels. On August 20 of the same year, all operating SPR transmitters had their callsigns changed from XHOPxx to XHSPRxx, the first-ever seven-letter callsigns in Mexico.

Transmitters on the air

Physical channelCallsignCity
20XHSPRGAGuadalajara, Jalisco
35XHSPRXAXalapa/Las Lajas, Veracruz
19XHSPRMOMorelia, Michoacán
26XHSPRCACoatzacoalcos, Veracruz
15XHSPRMTMonterrey, Nuevo León
23XHSPRMEMérida, Yucatán
35XHSPROAOaxaca, Oaxaca
34XHSPRLALeón, Guanajuato
20XHSPRCECelaya, Guanajuato
27XHSPRHAHermosillo, Sonora
31XHSPROS*Ciudad Obregón, Sonora
35XHSPRTATampico, Tamaulipas
15XHSPRAG*Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
30XHSPRMexico City
30XHSPREMToluca, México
30XHSPRMQQuerétaro, Querétaro
26XHSPRTPTapachula, Chiapas
30XHSPRPAPuebla, Puebla
25XHSPRVT*Villahermosa, Tabasco
32XHSPRCC*Campeche, Campeche
18XHSPRSC*San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
31XHSPRTC*Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
21XHSPRCO*Colima, Colima
14XHSPRUM*Uruapan, Michoacán
29XHSPRMS*Mazatlán, Sinaloa
15XHSPRZC*Zacatecas, Zacatecas

Transmitters under construction

These transmitters were part of the 2015 concession package:

Physical channelCallsignCity
34XHSPY-TDTTepic, Nayarit
31XHSPB-TDTLa Paz, Baja California Sur
30XHSPG-TDTAcapulco, Guerrero
25XHSPJ-TDTChetumal, Quintana Roo
29XHSPQ-TDTCancún, Quintana Roo
22XHSPO-TDTTorreón, Coahuila
23XHSPS-TDTSan Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí

Other SPR relay transmitters

In October 2015, the SPR signed a contract with Grupo Intermedia, owner of XHILA-TDT and XHIJ-TDT, in order to expand the coverage of Una Voz con Todos into Mexicali and Ciudad Juárez, neither of which had ever had national public television service.[4] While the SPR prefers to build its own transmitters, the length of time needed to obtain a concession, as well as spectrum availability in the border markets, makes a subchannel plan more effective.

SubchannelCity
XHILA-TDT 66.2Mexicali, Baja California
XHIJ-TDT 44.3Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

One IPN-operated Canal Once transmitter also carries Canal Catorce:

SubchannelCity
XHCIP-TDT 14.1Cuernavaca, Morelos

Radio stations

The SPR received its first radio concessions in 2015 and added three transmitters in 2016. A sixth station, in Colima, was awarded in 2018.

Two stations are on the air. Both initially carried Radio México Internacional, a service of the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, but the Mazatlán station switched in 2019 to a simulcast of IMER's Reactor 105 in Mexico City.[5] The SPR held concessions to build stations at 88.7 in Tehuacán (XHTHP-FM) and 104.7 in Matías Romero, Oaxaca (XHMRO-FM), which were surrendered to the IFT in 2019.

CallsignFrequencyCity
XHSPRT-FM101.1 MHzTapachula, Chiapas
XHSPRM-FM103.5 MHzMazatlán, Sinaloa

Stations to be built:

CallsignFrequencyCity
XHTZA-FM104.3 MHzCoatzacoalcos, Veracruz
XHSPRC-FM102.9 MHzColima, Colima

Digital television

The SPR stations carry a multiplex of five or six channels. The established networks Canal Once, Canal 22 and TV UNAM are joined by Canal Catorce, which is broadcast in HD. Third-wave SPR transmitters also have Ingenio TV, an educational channel of the Secretariat of Public Education, and Canal del Congreso, with coverage of Congress.[3]

Prior to January 2019, all transmitters carried Ingenio TV. It was removed from transmitters outside of the third wave in order to meet IFT standards on minimum digital broadcasting bitrate that did not allow stations using MPEG-2 compression to handle one HD and four SD channels on a single multiplex. Third-wave transmitters use MPEG-4 compression, which allows all six services to be broadcast.

ChannelProgramming
11.1Canal Once
14.1Canal Catorce
14.2Ingenio TV (some stations only)
20.1TV UNAM
22.1Canal 22
45.1Canal del Congreso (some stations only)

As XEIPN and XEIMT have their own TDT channels in Mexico City, XHSPR only carries Canal Catorce, Ingenio TV and TV UNAM, using the same virtual channels.

References

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