El Rey Network, the English-language, Latino-infused cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez that launched on December 15, 2013 and is owned in a joint venture with FactoryMade Ventures, will go off the air on December 31. The news comes after Univision announced last month that it had exited its minority position in the network and production studio. Last January, AT&T dropped the channel, followed by Charter in September.
Featuring action genre films, beginning with “From Dusk till Dawn: The Series,” and reality, animation and lifestyle programming, its carriage dropped from a reported 33 million in November 19 to 13 million after being dropped by Univision, which signaled the beginning of the end.
El Rey was one of the first minority-supported channels Comcast launched as a condition of its 2011 merger with NBCUniversal. The others were REVOLT, Aspire and BabyFirst Americas.