|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
Fox Pan American Sports, LLC
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
480i (letterboxed widescreen SDTV)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Formerly called||Fox Sports en Español (1996–2010)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports 1|
|DirecTV||Channel 425 & 624 (SD only)|
|Dish Network||Channel 855 (SD only)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1655 (HD)
Channel 655 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 311 & 1521 (SD only)|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings|
Fox Deportes (formerly Fox Sports en Español) is a cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day in Spanish, aimed at the Hispanic population in the United States. Fox Deportes is a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Fox Pan American Sports LLC (an international sports programming and production entity); featuring soccer, baseball, combat sports, auto-racing, among other sporting events from both the US and Latin America. The channel relaunched with its new name on October 1, 2010.1
As of August 2013, approximately 20,599,000 American households (18.04% of households with television) received Fox Deportes.2
The network holds rights to international soccer including Copa Bridgestone Libertadores, Copa Total Sudamericana, UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup with Budweiser and FIFA Club World Cup. The network will also air matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Portuguese, as Telemundo holds the Spanish-language rights.
The network began to carry simulcasts of some Fox College Football games in 2013 with Spanish play-by-play and graphics, and starting with the 2013 Thanksgiving Game on Fox, also carries select NFL games from the NFL on Fox package featuring Spanish-language play-by-play and graphics, including Fox's NFC playoffs package (Fox continues to carry all NFL games with Spanish-language play-by-play via the SAP channel, regardless of a game also airing on Fox Deportes). The network also carried Super Bowl XLVIII, a first for a Spanish-language sports network in the United States, and will carry future Super Bowls in years the Fox broadcast network holds the rights to the game.3
The network also serves as the Spanish-language home to Major League Baseball, including the MLB All-Star Game, American and National League Championship Series (AL odd years, NL even years) and World Series. Although the Fox network itself has expanded the availability of SAP audio since the start of 2012 to expand the availability of audio description of primetime programming and Spanish language audio to their NFL package, Fox Sports has chosen to retain Spanish audio of their MLB coverage exclusively on Fox Deportes for the time being.
On October 9, 2010 Fox Deportes picked up Spanish language rights to Formula One coverage, a contract which ran though 2012.4 In August 2012, NASCAR and Fox Deportes made a deal to have Fox Deportes Broadcast 15 races, 6 of them live, one of which is the Daytona 500.
Central Fox - This news show, broadcast nightly from Mexico City, covers sporting events from around the world.
La Ultima Palabra - This new program focuses on Mexican Football and the Mexican national team. Among other things discussed are the UEFA Champions League, the Barclay's Premier League and other leagues in which Latino players play.
- Fox Sports En Espanol Will Become Fox Deportes - Following Consumer Research, Name Change Set For Oct. 1 Multichannel News July 12, 2010
- Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "NFL, FOX Deportes announce historic broadcast partnership". NFL.com. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- Fox Deportes Drops Flag On Formula One Coverage - Network Acquires Racing Circuit's Spanish-Language Rights Through 2012 Multichannel News October 9, 2010