While simulcasts on Univision and cable service Univision Deportes Network represent the primary plays for the Spanish-language media leader with the 2014 World Cup, UniMas and Galavision will also get in the live game action from Brazil.
Flagship network Univision and the 40-million subscriber UDN, which is carried by all 10 of the top U.S. distributors, save for Comcast, will air 56 of the tourney’s matches. The schedule is highlighted by the host nation meeting Croatia in the event opener on June 12, as well as all three of Mexico’s Group A matches. Although all of those matches air during the week, they figure to draw sizable ratings for the networks as El Tri faces Cameroon on June 13, Brazil on June 17 and Croatia on June 23. The game versus Brazil should be gigantic from a Nielsen perspective.
The Univision/UDN combo will also present all of the knockout stage matches, and culminate the tournament with the semifinals on July 8 and 9, and the title game from Estadia de Maracana in Rio de Janiero. Live match action aside, UDN will become Univision Communications' de facto World Cup during the tourney, presenting encores, as well as preview, review and highlights programming.
For their part, broadcaster UniMas and cable channel Galavision will air eight matches from group stage play. The top telecasts, depending on the prior results figure to be on June 23 with Brazil’s final Group A match versus Cameroon on June 23, and defending champion Spain’s Group B encounter with Australia.
Check out the complete schedule below: