ESPN International

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ESPN International is a family of sportscasting and production networks around the world. It was begun in 1989, is operated by ESPN Inc. and owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Operating regions[edit]

Latin America[edit]

Spanish-speaking countries[edit]

  • ESPN Latin North (Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic) (2 feeds)
  • ESPN Latin South (South America) (5 feeds)
  • ESPN2 North (Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic) (2 feeds)
  • ESPN2 South (South America) (5 feeds)
  • ESPN3 North (Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic)
  • ESPN3 South (South America) (2 feeds)
  • ESPN4 North (Central America and Dominican Republic, except Mexico)
  • ESPN4 South (South America, except Argentina) (2 feeds)
  • ESPN Extra North
  • ESPN Extra South (2 feeds)
  • ESPN Premium (Argentina)

Brazil[edit]

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPN4
  • ESPN Extra

Caribbean[edit]

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2

Netherlands[edit]

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPN4
  • ESPN Ultra HD

Oceania[edit]

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2

Sub-Saharan Africa[edit]

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2

Japan[edit]

Canada[edit]

TSN logo
RDS logo
Logos of TSN (left) and RDS (right). Although these channels have kept their original brands after ESPN acquired part-ownership, they now mostly have ESPN-style logos

ESPN International does not directly operate its own channels in Canada, but owns a 20 percent voting interest (and slightly larger equity interest) in CTV Specialty Television, a subsidiary of the Canadian media company Bell Media. Canadian regulations on the foreign ownership of broadcasters prohibit ESPN from acquiring majority interest.

CTV Specialty Television in turn operates the following sports television channels:

Although these channels have mainly retained their local brands (ESPN having acquired part-ownership several years after TSN and RDS launched), they now mostly have ESPN-style logos and use other ESPN branding elements. TSN has also adopted the SportsCentre title for its sports highlights programs.

Through CTV Specialty, ESPN also has an indirect interest in Discovery Channel Canada and several related channels, which are operated in partnership with Discovery Communications. These holdings date to CTV Specialty's previous incarnations as Labatt Communications and later as NetStar Communications, in which ESPN also held a minority interest. ESPN is not believed to have any involvement with the Discovery operations.

ESPN is also indirectly associated with TSN Radio, a brand used by several sports radio stations (each wholly owned by Bell Media), each of which also carries a limited amount of ESPN Radio programming.

Former operations[edit]

Asia-Pacific[edit]

In June 2012, News Corporation announced it would acquire ESPN's 50% stake in its joint venture ESPN Star Sports.[1] Following the takeover, ESPN in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia was relaunched as Fox Sports in January 2013,[2] while a version for Mainland China became Star Sports 2 in January 2014. Meanwhile, Star India acquired ESPN Software India from ESPN Star Sports,[3] but kept ESPN brand for a while.[4] ESPN International later established a partnership with what is now Sony Pictures Networks India in October 2015, and relaunched Sony Kix as Sony ESPN in January 2016. Sony ESPN was shut down in March 2020.

Europe and MENA[edit]

Indian subcontinent[edit]

Philippines[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

ESPN launched ESPN Classic in 2006. The company bought the North American Sports Network (NASN) in 2007, and renamed it ESPN America in 2009. Also in 2009, it launched the domestic network ESPN UK after securing rights to the Premier League.[5]

In February 2013, BT Group acquired ESPN's UK and Ireland television channel and remaining broadcasting contracts. Its domestic channel was re-branded as BT Sport ESPN, integrating it with the company's BT Sport channel group. In January 2015, BT Sport and ESPN reached a seven-year agreement to continue licensing ESPN's brand for the channel, as well as British rights to ESPN original programming and events whose international rights were owned by ESPN International. The agreement also allowed for joint digital media initiatives between the two companies.[6][7] The agreement ended on August 1, 2022 after Warner Bros. Discovery acquired 50% stake in BT Sport from BT Group with agreeing to distribute Warner Bros. Discovery's factual streaming service Discovery+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN's Stake in Asian TV Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Fox Sports buys ESPN'S Asia TV channels". Spin. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  3. ^ "ESPN STAR Sports to be under STAR in India". Business Standard. January 28, 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ Engineer, Tariq (31 January 2013). "As ESPN turns to Fox, expect more local Indian sports programming". Firstpost. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ "ESPN snaps up Premier League TV packages". ESPNsoccernet. 22 June 2009.
  6. ^ "BT Sport and ESPN deepen relationship with long-term collaboration". BT plc. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. ^ "BT buys ESPN'S UK and Ireland TV channels". The Guardian. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ Metz, Axel (12 May 2022). "BT Sport subscribers to get major package upgrade completely free of charge". TechRadar. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  9. ^ Frater, Patrick (2022-05-12). "Warner Bros. Discovery and BT to Launch Sports Venture in U.K. and Ireland". Variety. Retrieved 2022-05-16.

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