Univision in big content deal with Dish Network


Dish Network and Univision Communications announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement that will bring a broad selection of Univision content to Dish Latino subscribers. Unveiling the deal at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dish said that in the first half of this year it will launch Univision’s new networks – Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas, Univision Noticias – and offer exclusive access to Univision Deportes Dos.

Dish said it will provide broad distribution of Univision Deportes, and Univision will provide Dish with thousands of hours of novelas and Spanish-language movies for inclusion in Dish’s Blockbuster @Home package. In addition, the agreement includes distribution of Univision’s networks: the Univision Network, TeleFutura, Galavisión and a suite of six TV channel offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV.

“We are pleased to have reached an innovative deal with Univision for their newest channels and their primetime novelas on demand,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming, Dish.

This unprecedented offering is Univision’s first authentication partnership with a pay-TV provider, giving Dish customers access to Univision’s portfolio of current primetime and library content.

“This agreement with Dish Network, a long-term leader with US Hispanics and long time Univision partner, speaks to their vision and understanding that growth in Hispanic audiences on Univision’s platforms will result in subscriber growth,” said Tonia O’Connor, president of Univision Distribution Sales and Marketing.

The new networks include the following:

Univision Deportes: The US home for Hispanic sports fans, Univision Deportes will provide more than double the amount of Mexican Primera Division matches than any other network in the country, with exclusive rights to the home games for 12 of the 18 teams within the Mexican Primera Division, three exclusive Mexican Primera Division soccer matches live every week, plus away games for the rest of the league’s teams. Univision Deportes will deliver live sports and up-to-the-minute news coverage that matters most to US Hispanic sports fans. The network will also include live coverage of FIFA events from 2012-2014 and programming from Televisa Deportes network. DISH subscribers will also receive exclusive access to specific Mexican Primera Division games that will not be seen anywhere else.

Univision Deportes Dos: Univision Deportes Dos, exclusively available on DISH in 2012, will complement the Univision Deportes network. The new network will air matches from Univision Deportes and with programming from Mexico’s Televisa Deportes network.

Univision tlnovelas: Home to the best telenovelas from Televisa, Univision tlnovelas delivers a mix of the top recent and past favorite novelas some of which have never been seen in the US.

Univision Noticias: The destination network for the latest and most relevant news from Mexico, Latin America and around the world, Univision Noticias includes top quality news, current affairs and entertainment coverage.