Univision has signed its first affiliate deal for its trio of telenovela, sports and news channels, as part of far-reaching distribution pact with Dish Network.
The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, calls for Dish to launch Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas and Univision Noticias. The No. 2 DBS provider will also offer exclusive access to Deportes Dos, a second sports network.
The rollouts will occur during the first half of the year. Sources familiar with the negotiations indicate that Univision Deportes will be positioned on Dish's AT200 package, while Univision tlnovelas and Univision Deportes will reside on Dish Clasico.
The agreement marks Univision's first carriage pact for the new networks. The U.S. Spanish-language media leader began talking up the services around its upfront presentation to advertisers last May.
In addition to providing carriage of the new services, the distributor will receive thousands of hours of novellas and Spanish-language movies that will become part of Dish's Blockbuster @Home package.
The agreement also includes distribution of broadcast networks Univision and TeleFutura and their cable cousin Galavisión, plus 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 Dish senior vice president of programming Dave Shull. "Dish is the leading provider of Latino content in the United States. This deal for exclusive linear and VOD content from Univision provides our customers with the broadest selection of top quality Spanish-language content."
Noted Tonia O'Connor, president of Univision Distribution Sales and Marketing: "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. Dish is a great innovator. The distribution of these new Univision networks, and the thousands of hours of Spanish-language content that can be streamed in and out of home for the first time ever behind a pay-wall, demonstrates Dish's commitment to deliver Hispanic subscribers the most robust content offering across multiple screens."
The following are descriptions of the new Univision entries:
Univision Deportes: The home for sports fans will provide more than double the amount of Mexican Primera Division matches than any other network in the U.S., 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: A complement to Univision Deportes, this service will be exclusively available on Dish this year. The new network will air matches from Univision Deportes and programming from Mexico's Televisa Deportes network.
Univision tlnovelas: Home to the best telenovelas from Televisa, the novela network will present a mix of the top recent and past favorite novelas some of which have never been seen in the States.
Univision Noticias: The network will present the latest and most relevant news from Mexico, Latin America and around the world. Coverage will extend to the top of the news, as well as current affairs and the entertainment realm.