Univision Deportes Network
|Univision Deportes Network|
|Launched||April 7, 2012|
|Owned by||Univision Communications|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Sister channel(s)||Univision Deportes 2
|Website||Univision Deportes Network|
|Dish Network (U.S)||Channel 869 (UDN) (SD/HD)
Channel 870 (UDN2) (SD/HD)
|DirecTV (U.S)||Channel 455 (UDN) (SD/HD)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 658 (SD)
Channel 1658 (HD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 1524 (SD)
Channel 1539 (HD)
Univision Deportes Network is a Spanish language American sports channel dedicated almost entirely to soccer events and soccer-related programming. Owned by Univision Communications, it serves the Hispanic and Latino community in the United States. Among others, the channel features soccer 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 October 29, 2013, Univision Deportes Network's programming reaches 35 million households.
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 soccer 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 soccer 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.
- Univision Deportes Network Outperforms ESPN Deportes And FOX Deportes to Become the No.1 Spanish-Language Sports Cable Network in the U.S.
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- Univision signs deal to launch cable networks on AT&T U-verse, Media Moves, May 11, 2012
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- Univision Deportes snaps up Spanish-language F1 rights - Sports Pro, 18 March 2013
- Univision Deportes Network — Official website (Spanish)
- UnivisionDeportes.com — Univision sports division (Spanish)