Comcast adds Univision Deportes all-sports network to its programming lineup

Comcast adds Univision Deportes all-sports network to its programming lineup

In an announcement made on Tuesday, Cable giant Comcast said that it has signed a long-term agreement with Spanish-language all-sports channel Univision Deportes Network, adding the channel to its programming lineup.

Under the terms of the deal, Comcast will distribute Univision Deportes Network (UDN) to the subscribers of its digital preferred or XFINITY service. UDN is likely to start airing to Comcast subscribers from October.

The 2012-launched UDN all-sports channel broadcasts US and Mexican national soccer team matches, MLS and CONCACAF Champions League matches. In addition, the channel offers exclusive access to Liga MX games as well as Formula 1 races, boxing, the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

The long-term deal between Comcast and UDN has been signed after more than a year of negotiations. The deal comes nearly four months after UDN CEO Randy Falco publicly voiced his concerns about Comcast's proposed $45-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

With regard to Comcast's deal with UDN, Comcast Executive VP Marcien Jenckes said in an official statement that "Comcast is already the nation's largest provider of Latino packages;" and added: "Univision Deportes Network offers terrific programming and will be a great addition to our growing lineup of networks for Hispanic customers."

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