Netflix Increases Latin Programming, Including Novelas

I just re-signed up with Netflix. It has announced new deals with Telemundo, Unimas and Univision and will expand it's latin programming.

I just finished watching 48 episodes of El Cartel 2: La Guerra Total (sequel to Cartel de Los Sapos.) I bought the DVD's, since it wasn't available with workable subtitles anywhere else.

Unimas has been airing Cartel de Los Sapos for a few months, and the finale is tomorrow night. Telemundo is in the midst of Senor de Los Cielos 3. Both have English captions, even on Xfinity. [More...]

I wish Netflix would commission subtitles for some that aren't available in the U.S. market, like Los Tres Caines and La Ruta Blanca.

Sling TV also just added a Latino channel with offerings from Unimas and Univision. All you need is a Roku or similar device to stream.

Netflix has far more Spanish content available outside the U.S. but you need a VPN network service to access it and there are no subtitles or captions. Hulu Plus has a lot of Spanish programs, but not the best ones, and most don't have captions.

The best ones I've seen so far (in no particular order): Pablo Escobar: Patron de Mal; La Reina Del Sur, El Capo (Seasons 1, 2 and 3); El Cartel (season 1, Cartel de los Sapos and Season 2, La Guerra Total). All of the El Cartel characters are based on real traffickers in the Cali and Norte Valle cartels. Most of the characters in Escobar, Patron de Mal are based on leaders of the Medellin Cartel. Los Tres Caines is about the Castano brothers, leaders of the bad paramilitary groups in Colombia. They all feature official corruption in the government and military as well as traffickers.

Not stellar, but worth watching: Duenos del Paraiso (Telemundo) and La Viuda Negra (Unimas.)

Soon to come: Ruta 35 (about the INS and DEA's use of snitches and the devastation that results) and Los Narcos (an original series on Netflix).

What consumers really need is an elimination of geographic blocking of these shows, especially on Colombian networks like Caracol, English captions and no ads during streaming. Since we're paying for the service, adding ads is an insult. At least they should provide two tiered pricing, one of which is ad-free.

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    Great news. (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 10:08:20 AM EST
    Now we can all watch and comment on these Latin cartel stories you have been reporting about, since it will be on Netflix.  I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival.

    I need a new show (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jack203 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 09:58:56 PM EST
    after game of thrones and true detective.

    So  Pablo Escobar: Patron de Mal; La Reina Del Sur, El Capo Seasons 1

    Maybe I'll even pick up some Spanish.

    Definitely (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 10:30:10 PM EST
    you will pick up some Spanish. And those are the three I'd start with, although I started El Capo with Season 2 and watched Season 3 before watching Season 1. I think Seasons 2 is the best, and then Season 3.

    For Patron de Mal, there are you tube videos showing a photo of each character and the real life person they portray. It was actually written by the children of two of Escobar's victims, and since one was the son of the editor of the El Spectador newspaper which covered his career for years, it's pretty factual.


    Watched Pablo Escobar (none / 0) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 07:31:31 AM EST
    last night after the basketball game.  It was good, but very sad.  I'm fairly good with Spanish, but found it difficult to understand on TV.  Looking forward to the rest of the Latin shows Netflix has for us.

    Should have said cartel shows. (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by fishcamp on Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 07:40:09 AM EST
    Thinking of the Latin I had to learn in school makes me cringe in my flip flops.