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DirecTV to Kick Off Univision's Cable Network Trio Via Expanded Carriage Pact

Deal Also Covers Owned-and-Operated Stations, TV Everywhere Components 3/19/2013 1:30 PM Eastern

Univision Communications and DirecTV have netted a comprehensive carriage pact that encompasses the Hispanic-targeted media company's owned-and-operated stations, content everywhere components and the launch of three new cable services.

The multiyear pact, financial terms of which were not disclosed, ensures that subscribers to the nation’s No. 1 DBS provider will continue to be able to watch the network feeds of Univision, fellow broadcast service UniMas and cable cousin, Galavision. Univision’s owned-and-operated broadcast stations are also part of the deal.

DirecTV will become the fifth provider to present the U.S. Spanish-language media leader’s suite of new cable networks: soccer-centric sports service Univision Deportes Network; Univision tlnovelas, home to the telenovelas from Televisa 24-hours-a-day; and ForoTV, the 24/7 new channel, where Hispanic America can view what’s happening in Mexico and around the globe. The nation’s No. 2 distributor joins Dish Network, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse in offering the trio of cable networks.

Subscribers will also have access to thousands of hours of Univision’s top content anywhere, anytime on their computer, tablet or mobile device, through the DirecTV Everywhere platform and UVideos, the bilingual digital network for Hispanic America.

“Our Spanish-language customers have been anticipating the launch of these new channels and we are excited to provide them with even more of Univision’s quality programming lineup,” said Dan York, chief content officer for DirecTV, in a statement. “With the addition of Univision Deportes, DirecTV now offers more soccer than any TV provider nationwide, delivering additional value to our customers and further solidifying our position as the leader in sports programming."

Noted Tonia O’Connor, president of Univision Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development: “We are pleased to expand our relationship with DirecTV. This comprehensive agreement speaks to DirecTV’s commitment to Hispanic audiences and the power of Univision’s platforms to deliver subscriber growth.”

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