Comcast and Univision Reach Long-Term Agreement for Distribution of Univision Deportes Network
PHILADELPHIA, PA and NEW YORK, NY
XFINITY TV customers will begin receiving the channel in October, adding to Comcast's Hispanic distribution platform that delivers more than 60 Latino networks in both Spanish and English to XFINITY TV customers.
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today they have reached a long-term agreement for Comcast to distribute Univision Deportes Network (UDN) to XFINITY TV customers who subscribe to its Digital Preferred or XFINITY Latino levels of service. UDN is expected to begin airing next month for XFINITY TV customers.
UDN launched in April 2012 and is a 24/7 all-sports network providing viewers with comprehensive and exclusive access to Liga MX soccer matches and daily sports coverage of the league’s teams and athletes. The Spanish-language sports network also covers top sporting events, including international friendly matches, U.S. and Mexican national soccer team matches, Major League Soccer, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa MX, Formula 1 races, boxing, NFL, NBA, MLB, and other sports leagues.
Today, UDN is the No.1 Spanish-language cable sports network in primetime and total day.
"Univision Deportes Network offers terrific programming and will be a great addition to our growing lineup of networks for Hispanic customers," said Marcien Jenckes, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable. "Comcast is already the nation’s largest provider of Latino packages and we’re excited to add UDN’s wide range of sports programming for our XFINITY TV customers."
"We are pleased to expand the reach of UDN and our popular sports content through this deal with Comcast," said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Sports, Univision Communications Inc. "This partnership speaks to the growing influence of Hispanics and underscores Univision’s position as the gateway to a growing and increasingly influential consumer base."
Comcast’s Hispanic distribution platform delivers more than 60 Latino networks in both Spanish and English to XFINITY TV customers. UDN will be available in standard definition and Comcast’s largest Hispanic markets, which include New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Fresno, Denver and El Paso, will begin receiving the channel in HD by year-end.
About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 95% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service, Univision.com, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.Univision.net.