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DISH TV Launches New Cuban Channel for Viewers to Watch in United States

DISH and Sling TV are launching a new channel that will bring Cuban movies and television shows to the U.S.

The companies say CUBAMAX TV will be the first channel in the United States to provide a variety of programs such as telenovelas, movies, children's shows and music videos by Cuban artists.

The new channel's goal is to reconnect Cuban-Americans with the heritage of their country of origin.

"DISH Latino looked to connect people with their culture, heritage and language," said Alfredo Rodriguez, VP of DISH Network.

One of the featured shows on the network will be "Vivir del Cuento," one of the most popular shows in Cuba. The show stars an 80-year-old retired man named Panfilo, played by actor and comedian Luis Silva, who jokes about his life struggles.

Panfilo appeared in two sketches with President Barack Obama tied to his visit earlier this year.

"We're very happy to have Panfilo a part of the program. He's a great comedian and the program they have, 'Vivir del Cuento,' is No. 1 in Cuba and we're sure it'll be No. 1 here in Miami and across the U.S.," said Jose Romero, GM of DISH Sling Latino.

CUBAMAX TV celebrated its launch at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami, where DISH TV hopes to feature other Latino cultures in the future.

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