Much like the country itself, Cuban television has seen its fair share of revolutions. From the early years promoting the island as a worldwide nightlife hotspot, to the height of Fidel Castro’s state-run communist control, TV has been a constant in resident life. Recently there has been another revolution, at least in entertainment.
Media is beginning to relax, especially television. Though still state-sponsored, many programs are featuring topics that were once forbidden. Sexuality, dysfunctional families and even political humor are now commonplace. Even shows that poke fun at the state are permitted. What’s more, Cubans can now receive satellite programming from other countries such as the U.S., infusing the island nation with a taste for new movies and music. Will this newfound freedom in entertainment influence the future of Cuba?