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Canal 5 (Mexico)

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Canal 5
Launched10 May 1952
Owned byTelevisa
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganPorque sí (Just because)
(English/original audio by SAP)
Broadcast areaMexico
HeadquartersMexico City
Sister channel(s)Las Estrellas
Channel 9
Digital terrestrial television (Except Tijuana and Matamoros)Channel 5.1 (HD)
Digital terrestrial television (Matamoros)Channel 2.2 (HD)
Digital terrestrial television (Tijuana)Channel 6.1 (HD)
Sky MéxicoChannel 105 (SD)
Channel 1105 (HD)
Dish MéxicoChannel 105 (SD)
Channel 988 (HD)
IzziChannel 105 (SD)
Channel 905 (HD)
MegacableChannel 205 (SD)
Channel 1205 (HD)
SpectrumChannel 936

Canal 5 is a Mexican free-to-air television network owned by Televisa. It traces its origins to the foundation of Channel 5 in Mexico City in 1952 (also known by its identification code XHGC-TV). Canal 5's program lineup is generally targeted at a younger audience and includes cartoons, foreign series and movies, along with a limited number of sporting events such as NFL games, boxing, the FIFA World Cup and, historically, the Olympic Games.

Canal 5 is mainly aimed at children and youth audiences, although in late hours it usually includes a more general concept with television series and reality shows. Over the decades among its programming, it includes many series purchased from networks such as Nickelodeon Latin America Cartoon Network, among others; while the series aimed at the general public often come from Paramount Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Warner Bros., Viacom, MTV, NBCUniversal and Univision and others. The channel also broadcasts series produced by the company Televisa, which owns the channel. In programming, its main national competitor in open television has historically been Azteca 7 of TV Azteca.


On May 10, 1952, XHGC-TV came to air for the first time. It was Mexico City's third television station, owned by Guillermo González Camarena, an inventor who created the first color television system. In 1955, XHGC was one of three stations that formed Telesistema Mexicano. González Camarena remained the general manager of XHGC until his death in 1965.

In 1962, XHGC became the first station in Mexico to broadcast in color. By request of Guillermo González Camarena, XHGC began targeting an audience of children and youth, with the first color telecast being Paraíso infantil (Children's Paradise). Over the years, Canal 5 has retained this programming focus, with a schedule incorporating foreign series and sports programs.

At the end of the 1980s, the then-vice president of Televisa, Alejandro Burillo Azcárraga, spearheaded drastic changes in the branding of the company's television networks. XHGC had branded as Canal 5 for years, using various logos with the number 5. However, as the network's various repeaters were not all on channel 5, the network began branding by the XHGC callsign. The landmark Energía Visual (Visual Energy) campaign, designed by Agustín Corona and Pablo Jato, featured idents with wildly varied logos and designs—a first for Mexican television. The campaign was designed to back the channel's youthful image.

In the 1990s, Canal 5 began branding with its channel number again. During this time period, Alejandro González Iñárritu, who had also been involved with Televisa's radio station XEW-FM (WFM), was involved in the creation of some of the network's promotional campaigns. Additionally, in 1994, Televisa obtained a concession for 62 additional television transmitters nationwide, most of which form a key link in the Canal 5 network today.

1999 saw the beginning of a shift in content providers for Canal 5, which had long been the exclusive Mexican rightsholder to Disney programs such as Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, DuckTales and a Mexican version of Disney Club. In 1999, these rights began to migrate to Televisión Azteca and Azteca 7. Instead, the network began relying more on Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, Fox and Nickelodeon programs.

Today, Canal 5 carries children's programs, films and international series, as well as sporting events including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FIFA World Cup matches, a limited number of Liga MX fixtures and international matches involving the Mexico national team, and select NFL and NHL games. Canal 5 also features some of Televisa's own productions, such as El Chavo Animado and Mujeres Asesinas 3 by Pedro Torres.

In recent years, Canal 5's twitter page started posting strange and disturbing posts typically around 3 am in the morning. Since then, the posts have been investigated and widely shared and talked about in the Mexican media. Infobae México, a Mexican news site, contacted one of the collaborators of Channel 5. However, they claimed they had no knowledge about the disturbing posts. [1]




Canal 5 is carried on 66 of its own transmitters plus another 32 transmitters shared with Las Estrellas and one transmitter that carries a Televisa local service, Las Estrellas and Canal 5; these 31 transmitters do not carry Canal 5 in HD.[2][3] It holds the rights to virtual channel 5 nationwide and broadcasts on it in almost all areas, with a handful of notable exceptions along the US-Mexico border.

In 2018, the concessions of all primary Canal 5 repeaters wholly owned by Televisa were consolidated in the concessionaire Radio Televisión, S.A. de C.V. as part of a reorganization of Televisa's concessionaires.

RF VC Callsign Location ERP Concessionaire
35 5 XHAG-TDT Aguascalientes, Ags.
Calvillo, Ags.
Jalpa, Zac.
Nochistlán, Zac.
240 kW
17 kW[4]
23 kW[5]
29 kW[6]
Radio Televisión
17 5 XHENJ-TDT Ensenada, BC 38 kW Radio Televisión
18 5 XHMEX-TDT Mexicali, BC 200 kW Radio Televisión
23 6 XETV-TDT Tijuana, BC 200 kW Radio Televisión
30 5 XHCBC-TDT Cd. Constitución, BCS 200 kW Televimex S.A de C.V
29 5 XHLPB-TDT La Paz, BCS 26 kW Radio Televisión
27 5 XHSJT-TDT San José del Cabo, BCS 30 kW Televimex
22 5 XHAN-TDT Campeche, Camp. 28 kW Radio Televisión
22 2.2 XHCDC-TDT Cd. del Carmen, Camp. 31 kW Radio Televisión
22 5 XHCZC-TDT Comitán de Dominguez, Chis. 32 kW Radio Televisión
17 5 XHSNC-TDT San Cristobal de las Casas, Chis. 30 kW Radio Televisión
34 5 XHTAH-TDT Tapachula, Chis. 62 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHTUA-TDT Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis. 45 kW Televimex
19 5 XHCDE-TDT Cd. Delicias, Chih.
Cd. Camargo, Chih.
20 kW
21 kW
Radio Televisión
33 5 XHJUB-TDT Cd. Juárez, Chih. 200 kW Radio Televisión
24 5 XHCHZ-TDT Chihuahua, Chih. 47 kW Radio Televisión
31 5 XHGC-TDT Mexico City (Pico Tres Padres, Edomex) 270 kW Radio Televisión
27 5 XHCHW-TDT Ciudad Acuña, Coah. 50 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHNOH-TDT Nueva Rosita, Coah. 42 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHMLC-TDT Monclova, Coah. 50 kW Radio Televisión
31 5 XHPNH-TDT Piedras Negras, Coah. 43 kW Radio Televisión
20 5 XHSTC-TDT Saltillo, Coah. 45 kW Radio Televisión
35 5 XELN-TDT Torreón, Coah. 150 kW Radio Televisión
17 5 XHCC-TDT Colima, Col.
Manzanillo, Col. (RF 14)
Cd. Guzmán, Jal.
54 kW
30 kW[7]
15 kW[8]
Radio Televisión
21 5 XHDUH-TDT Durango, Dgo. 94 kW Radio Televisión
24 5 XHLEJ-TDT León, Gto.
Lagos de Moreno, Jal.
180 kW
19 kW
Radio Televisión
23 5 XHAL-TDT Acapulco, Gro. 15 kW Radio Televisión
34 5 XHCHN-TDT Chilpancingo, Gro. 50 kW Radio Televisión
31 5 XHIGN-TDT Iguala, Gro. 43 kW Radio Televisión
28 5 XHIXG-TDT Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Gro. 40 kW Radio Televisión
19 5 XHATU-TDT Atotonilco El Alto, Jal. 24 kW Radio Televisión
23 5 XHAUM-TDT Autlán de Navarro, Jal. 43 kW Radio Televisión
22 5 XHGUE-TDT Guadalajara, Jal. 150 kW Radio Televisión
35 5 XHPVE-TDT Puerto Vallarta, Jal. 33 kW Radio Televisión
14 5 XEX-TDT Altzomoni, Mex.
Tejupilco de Hidalgo, Mex.
Tenancingo, Mex.
Taxco, Gro.
Pachuca, Hgo. (RF 43)
Cuernavaca, Mor.
San Martín Texmelucan, Pue.
Tlaxcala, Tlax.
236 kW
20 kW[9]
20 kW[10]
21 kW[11]
8 kW
45 kW[12]
20 kW[13]
30 kW[14]
Radio Televisión
36 5 XHTOK-TDT Toluca/Jocotitlán, Mex. 280 kW Radio Televisión
21 5 XHAPZ-TDT Apatzingán, Mich. 47 kW Radio Televisión
33 5 XHLAC-TDT Lazaro Cárdenas, Mich. 25 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHMOW-TDT Cerro Burro, Mich. 338 kW Radio Televisión
18 5 XHFX-TDT Morelia, Mich. 47.2 kW Radio Televisión
25 5 XHZAM-TDT Zamora, Mich. 32 kW Radio Televisión
33 5 XHTFL-TDT Tepic, Nay. 55 kW Radio Televisión
31 5 XET-TDT Monterrey, NL 200 kW Radio Televisión
19 5 XHHHN-TDT Huajuapan de León, Oax.
Tehuacán, Pue.
76 kW
36 kW[15]
Radio Televisión
35 5 XHIH-TDT Cerro Palma Sola, Oax. 76 kW Radio Televisión
34 5 XHOXO-TDT Oaxaca, Oax. 97 kW Radio Televisión
34 5 XHPIX-TDT Pinotepa Nacional, Oax. 46 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XEZ-TDT Querétaro, Qro. (Cerro El Zamorano)
Cerro El Cimatario, Qro.
Guanajuato, Gto.
Irapuato-Celaya, Gto.
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
180 kW
10 kW
20 kW
50 kW
65 kW
Radio Televisión
27 5 XHQRO-TDT Cancún, Q. Roo
Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo
60 kW
20 kW[16]
Radio Televisión
29 5 XHCQR-TDT Chetumal, Q. Roo 28 kW Radio Televisión
30 5 XHVST-TDT Ciudad Valles, SLP 18 kW Radio Televisión
34 5 XHSLT-TDT San Luis Potosí, SLP 210 kW Radio Televisión
24 5 XHCUI-TDT Culiacán, Sin. 155 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHLMI-TDT Los Mochis, Sin. 110 kW Radio Televisión
28 5 XHMAF-TDT Mazatlán, Sin. 118 kW Radio Televisión
17 5 XHCBO-TDT Caborca, Son. 37 kW Radio Televisión
36[17] 5 XHCDO-TDT Ciudad Obregón, Son. 200 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHGUY-TDT Guaymas, Son. 46 kW Radio Televisión
29 5 XHHMS-TDT Hermosillo, Son. 100 kW Radio Televisión
26 5 XHNON-TDT Nogales, Son. 35 kW Radio Televisión
32 5 XHVIZ-TDT Villahermosa, Tab. 125 kW Televimex
22 5 XHCMU-TDT Ciudad Mante, Tamps. 27 kW Radio Televisión
36 5 XHUT-TDT Ciudad Victoria, Tamps. 80 kW Radio Televisión
28 2.2 XHTAM-TDT Matamoros, Tamps. 250 kW Televimex
25 5 XHBR-TDT Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. 200 kW Radio Televisión
15 5 XHD-TDT Tampico, Tamps. 180 kW Radio Televisión
27 5 XHCOV-TDT Coatzacoalcos, Ver. 60 kW Radio Televisión
28 5 XHAJ-TDT Las Lajas
San Andrés Tuxtla (RF 39)
430 kW
25 kW[18]
60 kW[19]
20 kW[20]
Radio Televisión
35 5 XHMEN-TDT Mérida, Yuc. 125 kW Radio Televisión
23 5 XHSMZ-TDT Sombrerete, Zac. 32 kW Radio Televisión
17[21] 5 XHBQ-TDT Zacatecas, Zac. 130 kW Radio Televisión



  1. ^ Post, The Mazatlan (2020-04-02). "Mexico's Channel 5 bizarre videos on Twitter draw attention". The Mazatlán Post. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  2. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2017-01-29. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  3. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Canales Virtuales. Last modified 25 January 2019. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  4. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHAG Calvillo" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ RPC: Shadow XHAG Jalpa[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHAG Nochistlán" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHCC Manzanillo on RF 14" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHCC Cd. Guzmán" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  9. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX Tejupilco" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  10. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX Tenancingo" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX Taxco" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  12. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX Cuernavaca" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  13. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX San Martín Texmelucan" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  14. ^ "RPC: Shadow XEX Tlaxcala" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  15. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHHHN Tehuacán, Pue" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  16. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHQRO Playa del Carmen" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  17. ^ "RPC: Change of frequency for XHCDO-TDT" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  18. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHAJ Nogales" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  19. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHAJ Orizaba" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  20. ^ "RPC: Shadow XHAJ San Andrés Tuxtla (RF 39)" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  21. ^

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