Dish Network has reached a carriage agreement with Alterna TV to distribute Latin American Sports in Puerto Rico.
The channel delivers an expansive array of Puerto Rican sports with live matches of local teams and is available exclusively to Dish customers in Puerto Rico through the DishLatino Clasico, DishLatino DOS and DishLatino Max programming packages. Deal terms were not disclosed.
Now available on channel 856, LAS is a 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel that brings the "Boricuas," the widest coverage of their favorite sports from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico.
"At Dish Network we pride ourselves in providing the best English and Spanish-language programming offered," said Ruben Mendiola, general manager of Dish Latino, in announcing the launch. "We are proud to partner with Alterna'TV to offer our customers in Puerto Rico with LAS. Without question, LAS will thrill sports fans on the island with its unparalleled local coverage and vast lineup of exclusive live matches."
"We at Alterna'TV continue with our commitment to provide top-rated programming that is relevant, exciting and connects audiences to their native country," noted Clemente Cabello, general manager of Alterna'TV. "We are thrilled to launch our newest channel, LAS, exclusively on Dish Network in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans can now catch all of their favorite sports teams and leagues from the comfort of their own living rooms."
For the first time on Puerto Rican TV, subscribers to LAS will be able to watch:
• More than 50 matches of the Puerto Rico Baseball League, beginning October 2010;
• More than 100 matches of the Cuban Baseball League, beginning November 2010;
• More than 70 matches of the Puerto Rico AA Baseball League, beginning February 2011;
• More than 40 matches of the Puerto Rico AAA Baseball League, beginning September 2010;
• More than 30 matches of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rican Basketball League), beginning March 2011;
• More than 40 matches of both the men's and women's Puerto Rican Volleyball Leagues, with the women's starting in February 2011 and men's in June 2011;
• Key matches in Mix Martial Arts with MAXXFC fights from Puerto Rico;
• Updates and profiles on the careers of Puerto Rican players playing abroad, including: Pedro Valdes (from Fajardo) and Luis Matos (from Bayamón), currently playing in the Mexican Baseball Pacific League (Liga Mexicana de Pacifico); and
• Special coverage and documentaries on Puerto Rican Sports Legends, with daily capsules "Huellas del Deporte."