Univision Deportes Network
|Univision Deportes Network|
|Launched||April 7, 2012|
|Owned by||Univision Communications|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Sister channel(s)||Univision Deportes 2
|Website||Univision Deportes Network|
|Dish Network (U.S)||Channel 869 (UDN) (HD/SD)
Channel 870 (UDN2) (HD/SD)
|DirecTV (U.S)||Channel 455 (UDN) (HD/SD)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1658 (HD)
Channel 658 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 1539 (HD)
Channel 1524 (SD)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
Univision Deportes Network is a Spanish language American sports channel dedicated almost entirely to football events and football-related programming. Owned by Univision Communications, it serves the Hispanic and Latino community in the United States. Among others, the channel features football games from the Mexican Primera División and Ligue 1. Univision Deportes Network began broadcasting on April 7, 2012 and on DirecTV on March 17, 2013, along with Univision tlNovelas and FOROtv.
As of February 2015, approximately 39.7 million households (34.1% of those with television) receive the channel.
In May 2011, Univision Communications announced three new cable television channels to strengthen its position in the Latino market and diversify revenues, including one dedicated to football and other sports. It signed a deal with the Dish Network in January 2012 to carry the channels via satellite. The channel dedicated to sports was named Univision Deportes Network. On May 11, 2012, AT&T U-verse signed a carriage agreement with Univision Communications to carry the channel, along with Univision tlnovelas.
Univision Deportes Network broadcasts home games for 12 of 18 teams in the Mexican Primera División, away games for the rest of the teams and playoff games. The weekly Saturday night program – Fútbol Central hosted by Fernando Fiore – features football highlights and previews matches from the Mexican league. Other competitions covered include the CONCACAF Champions League and Major League Soccer. Rights to MLS games in 2012 are shared with sister networks Galavision and UniMás.
In addition to original programming, Univision Deportes broadcasts shows from Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico including Tribuna interactiva, Fútbol en serio. Punto, Zona Chiva, Zona Águila, Zona Rayada, Zona Tricolor, and Ahí va el agua.
Sports Events from Univisión Deportes Network
- Copa América Centenario - Starting in 2016
- Ascenso MX
- Copa MX
- Liga MX - Matches hosted by América, Atlas, Cruz Azul, Guadalajara, Jaguares de Chiapas, Leones Negros, Monterrey, Pumas, Tigres, Toluca, and Veracruz.
- Mexico national football team
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