Univision Communications, the dominant player in U.S. Spanish-language media, announced that its service for the growing Hispanic community will add the 2012 launch of three new television networks devoted to news, sports and soap operas.

The three Miami-based channels - Univision Deportes (sports), Univision TLNovelas (soap operas) and Univision 24/7 (news) - are scheduled to begin broadcasting before the 2012 presidential elections, Univision Chief Operating Officer Randy Falco told the press.

Univision said that next year it will have 500 hours of original new productions on prime time, as well as expanded content on all its media platforms, both through traditional distributors and Internet portals.

Among the upcoming novelties is the review "Hoy" (Today), with content that ranges from kitchen tips to home makeovers, from news and health segments to horoscopes and interviews with special guests.

Meanwhile the Univision news department will add an all-new division - "Univision Documentaries" - which will present in-depth analyses of topics known to interest the Latino community.

Univision is betting once again on reality shows and its telenovelas, whose roster will include "Dos Hogares" (Two Homes), marking the return to acting of ex-RBD singer Anahi, with Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce as her leading man.