Fox Sports En Espanol and Comcast Strike Video-On-Demand Deal
Hispanic digital cable subscribers throughout the United States will now have access to a selection of Fox Sports en Español's programming as part of Comcast's On Demand en español service. Fox Sports en Español On Demand, available as of June 2005, will feature 10 hours of the leading Spanish-language sports cable network's marquee events and programs. The service is available at no additional charge and is a companion VOD service that complements Comcast's CableLatino and Selecto Hispanic line-up.
"Comcast's video-on-demand service offers us a unique opportunity to provide our loyal viewers with additional round-the-clock access to the very best in exclusive sports programming," said David Sternberg, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fox Sports en Español. "This partnership with Comcast, one of our most important distributors, is one more way that Fox Sports en Español delivers on its promise to bring Spanish-speaking audiences closer to their favorite players and teams."
The inaugural Fox Sports en Español On Demand package offers Hispanic sports enthusiasts the perfect complement to Fox Sports en Español's unrivaled coverage of the most important sporting events and news from Latin America and around the globe. Loaded with classic soccer matches from the Copa America, Copa Libertadores and Copa de Campeones tournaments, the first 10 hours of Fox Sports en Español On Demand will include:
- The memorable 1995 Copa America match featuring the USA vs. Mexico
- The 2004 Copa Libertadores finals, featuring two matches between Boca Juniors (Argentina) and Once Caldas (Colombia)
- The finals of the 2005 Copa de Campeones featuring Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Pumas (Mexico)
- Fox Sports en Español's highest-rated 2005 Copa Libertadores Second Round match, featuring the legendary Chivas of Guadalajara (Mexico) vs. San Lorenzo (Argentina)
"Comcast is pleased to make Fox Sports en Español On Demand available to our Spanish-speaking customers," said Mauro Panzera, Senior Director of Multicultural Video for Comcast. "By making these important sports and news events available at anytime, we are giving our Hispanic communities greater choice and control of their entertainment experience and helping them stay connected to their rich heritage."
Fox Sports en Español On Demand is available at no additional charge in Comcast VOD markets. For additional information on Comcast's video-on-demand services, viewers should contact their local Comcast representative.
About Fox Sports en Español
Fox Sports en Español features more than 1,000 hours of live, exclusive sports programming in Spanish each year, including the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and InterLiga soccer tournaments; the Major League Baseball playoffs, All-Star Game and World Series; the Caribbean World Series; and Championship Boxing from Mexico and the U.S. The channel reaches more than 7 million cable and satellite households in the U.S. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at fse.yahoo.com. Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation's (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International.
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