El Rey Network, which brought Lucha Underground to breaking fans, closes at the end of the year. CableFax reports that Robert Rodriguez’s network will end operations on December 31.
El Rey aired a wealth of content both new and acquired during its seven years on the air. From Dusk to Dawn: The Series, Matador, Texas Justice, El Rey Nation, and more, but for breaking fans it was best known as the home of the Lucha Underground which operated for three seasons. Since the campaign unfolded, the network has remained in the industry with breaking content in smaller capacity through the talk show Vampiro: loosened.
The writing was on the wall for El Rey after Univision announced in November that they were selling their stake in the network while exploring sales opportunities. El Rey has seen its transport on the network sink lately, and was dropped by AT&T in January and Charter in September. It is down to around 1
Rodriguez said last month when Univision announced that he was “confident that with this strong foundation we will continue to serve one of the most important and influential audiences.” There is speculation that the network may move the business to a streaming capacity, where Rodriguez has found success with content such as directing episodes of Mandalorianen for the release of Disney + and Netflix Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl follow-up We can be heroes On christmas eve.
El Rey was originally launched as a condition of Comcast’s merger with NBCUniversal as a channel that supported minority audiences.