Univision Deportes Network

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TUDN
TUDN.jpg
LaunchedApril 7, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-04-07)
Owned byUnivision Communications
Picture format1080i HDTV
SloganVivmos tu pasión (We live your passion)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSpanish
HeadquartersDoral, Florida
Formerly calledUnivision Deportes Network (2012-2019)
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.tudn.com
Availability
Satellite
Dish NetworkChannel 856 (HD/SD)
DirecTVChannel 464 (HD/SD)
Cable
Available on select cable systemsCheck local listings
IPTV
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 1539 (HD)
  • Channel 1524 (SD)
AT&T U-verseChannel 658
Claro TV (Puerto Rico)Channel 614
Streaming media
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television
FuboTVInternet Protocol television

TUDN, formerly known as Univision Deportes Network (abbr. UDN), is an American Spanish language sports channel. Owned by Univision Communications, it is an extension of the company's sports division of the same name. It launched on April 7, 2012, along with Univision Tlnovelas and FOROtv.

The network's main properties include major soccer events in the Americas, including per-team coverage of Liga MX, the Spanish portion of the Major League Soccer package, the Copa América, and CONCACAF's Champions League and Gold Cup events. In 2018-19, it also became the Spanish rightsholder of the UEFA Champions League. The channel has ties with the Mexican sports channel of the same name, sharing some of its programming. Before July 20, 2019, when the Mexican counterpart was known as Televisa Deportes Network (TDN), the channel was referred to as Univision TDN during these programs.[1] In 2019, it was announced that TDN and UDN would jointly relaunch as TUDN—signifying a greater amount of collaboration between the two channels.

As of February 2015, approximately 39.7 million households (34.1% of those with television) receive the channel.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] It signed a deal with the Dish Network in January 2012 to carry the channels via satellite.[4] The channel dedicated to sports was named Univision Deportes Network.[5] On May 11, 2012, AT&T U-verse signed a carriage agreement with Univision Communications to carry the channel, along with Univision Tlnovelas.[6]

At launch, it offered a secondary network known as Univision Deportes Network Dos airing repeats of matches and studio programming, which was exclusively carried by Dish,[7] but is currently defunct.

In May 2019, it was announced that both Univision Deportes Network and Televisa Deportes Network would be jointly rebranded as TUDN. The new branding is a combination of abbreviations TDN and UDN, but the first two letters are also pronounced as the Spanish adjective "tu" (your), allowing the name to also be read as "Tu deportes network" ("Your sports network"). TUDN will be promoted as a multi-platform brand, and there will be closer collaboration between the American and Mexican channels—allowing for expanded studio programming in the morning and daytime hours (to bolster its expansion into European soccer with its recent acquisition of UEFA rights, and existing content such as Liga MX soccer).[8][9] Univision Deportes Network officially rebranded as TUDN on July 20, 2019.[10]

Programming[edit]

The network's signature program is Univision Deportes Fútbol Club, an hour-long sports update show hosted by Xavi Sol (as of late 2017) alongside Félix Fernández and Hristo Stoichkov. There was a late-night version of the program hosted by Alejandro Berry with various rotating analysts. The two editions of Fútbol Club differed by tone and style, with the early evening version being more lighthearted and comedic, while the late night version consisted of a round table discussion regarding the day's action (similar in format to ESPN's Around the Horn).[11][12] The latter version was later renamed "Linea de Cuatro".

TUDN broadcasts home games for 16 of 18 teams in the Liga MX, away matches for the rest of the teams and playoff games.[11][13] The weekly Saturday night program – Fútbol Central hosted by Edgar Martinez – features football highlights and previews matches from the Mexican league.[11] Other competitions covered include the CONCACAF Champions League and Major League Soccer.[11] Rights to MLS games in 2012 are shared with sister networks Galavision and UniMás.[14]

In January 2016, Univision acquired Spanish-language rights to UEFA tournaments beginning in 2018, including UEFA Euro 2020 and the UEFA Nations League, with the channel planned to be involved in coverage.[15] In 2017, Univision acquired Spanish-language rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League beginning in 2018-19.[16]

In 2013, it acquired the U.S. Spanish-language rights to Formula One.[17]

Soccer[edit]

CONCACAF:

 Mexico:

 United States:

Europe UEFA (2018-2022):

 Germany:

Motorsports[edit]

Martial arts[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Soccer[edit]

 France:

 Mexico:

 Netherlands:

 Portugal:

Controversies[edit]

Carriage disputes[edit]

Univision Deportes Network, Univision, UniMás, Galavisión and Univision Tlnovelas were dropped by AT&T U-verse on March 4, 2016, due to a carriage dispute.[21][22][23][24] This did not affect DirecTV Customers (although being a subsidiary of U-Verse's parent company, AT&T), as this was done in a different contract. All of Univision's channels were returned to the U-verse lineup on March 24, 2016.[25][26][27][28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "¡Y ahora? ¡Más cambios en Televisa Deportes!". Futbol RF (in Spanish). 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  3. ^ James, Meg (May 19, 2011). "Univision plans three new cable TV channels". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  4. ^ James, Meg (January 9, 2012). "Dish Network to distribute new Univision channels". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Univision Deportes Network saldrá al aire el 7 de abril por el canal 823 de Dish". Univision.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Univision signs deal to launch cable networks on AT&T U-verse, Media Moves, May 11, 2012
  7. ^ Waller, Ed. "Univision, Dish ink carriage deal". C21Media. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Kerschbaumer, Kenl. "Univision Deportes Rebranded as 'TUDN' in New Collaboration with Grupo Televisa". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  9. ^ Hayes, Dade (2019-05-07). "Univision Rebrands Deportes Network As TUDN, Unveils 2019-20 Programming Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  10. ^ "Univision's Olek Lowenstein talks TUDN launch". Awful Announcing. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  11. ^ a b c d "Univision Deportes Network Kicks off with Exclusive Football and Debut of "Univision Deportes Extra" This Weekend" (Press release). Univision Communications. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  12. ^ "Univision Deportes Extra (UDX)". Univision Communications. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  13. ^ Goetzl, David (2012-01-09). "Univision Lands First Carriage Deal For New Networks". MediaPost. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  14. ^ "Crew and Red Bulls to help launch Univision Deportes". MLSSoccer.com. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  15. ^ "Univision lands Spanish rights to UEFA tournaments". SI.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  16. ^ "UEFA Champions League comes to Univision". SI.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  17. ^ "Univision Deportes snaps up Spanish-language F1 rights". SportsPro Media. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  18. ^ "Univision Deportes acquires European Soccer rights". September 12, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  19. ^ "Univision to broadcast seven Liga MX and two Ligue 1 matches - February 8-10, 2013". February 6, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Univision Deportes Announces the Return of Portugal's Primeira Liga and Dutch Eredivisie". August 10, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  21. ^ Lieberman, David (March 4, 2016). "Univision Charges AT&T With "Redlining" As Programming Goes Dark On U-verse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  22. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (March 4, 2016). "Univision Blasts 'Discriminatory Behavior' as Stations Go Dark on AT&T's U-verse". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  23. ^ Szalai, Georg (March 4, 2016). "Univision Goes Dark on AT&T U-verse, Accuses Telecom of "Discriminatory Behavior"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  24. ^ Ramos, John (March 5, 2016). "AT&T, Univision Communications fail to reach U-Verse distribution deal". Hints News Network. Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  25. ^ Eggerton, John (March 24, 2016). "All Univision Content Restored to U-Verse, For Now". MultiChannel News. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  26. ^ Eggerton, John (March 24, 2016). "All Univision Content Restored to U-Verse, For Now". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  27. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne (March 24, 2016). "Univision restores UniMas and Galavision to AT&T's U-verse as negotiations continue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  28. ^ Lieberman, David (March 24, 2016). "Univision Networks Return To AT&T's U-verse While They "Finalize" Carriage Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 24, 2016.

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