UFC-only channel to debut in 20 Latin American countries

 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Televisa Networks today announced an exclusive distribution agreement to air UFC programming in 20 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, and have set to launch a 24 hour, 7 day a week UFC channel featuring the world’s best mixed martial arts programming including premiere live UFC events.

The new subscription network will be available late 2013.

Viewers all across Latin America, except Brazil, will have access to Championship fights and over 35 live events per year as well as the opportunity to experience legendary fights from the UFC, PRIDE® FC, WEC® and Strikeforce®; equaling more than 20,000 hours of content. The UFC Channel will also feature original programming such as reality series, all broadcast in Spanish.

“The launch of the UFC Channel is a game changer for our sport and its fans throughout Latin America. We are giving millions of fans across the region complete access to all our live events and programming for the first time,” said co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. “UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in history and with the strength of Latin America’s premier media group Televisa, the UFC Channel will become the fastest growing sports network in television history."

The UFC is growing in popularity at a rate never-before-seen in the professional sports world; its television programming is already available in over 800 million homes in more than 145 countries, in 28 different languages. The partnership between these two leaders -Televisa and the UFC, is in response to fan demand throughout Latin America. Today, in Mexico alone, the UFC fan base exceeds 33.4 Million people.

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Bat21 site profile image  

6/1/13 11:14 AM by Bat21

  lol @ that fucking SN! VU. EDIT: and congrats to the UFC!  

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

6/1/13 11:14 AM by duckhuntgangsta

It's already happening. Since the FOX deal there have been less PPVs and the ones that have happened are generally worth paying for. I hope it gets to a point where there are only six PPVs per year and they are stack top to bottom like how they used to be pre 2010.

tenchu site profile image  

6/1/13 11:04 AM by tenchu

Awesome news. The UFC/MMA keeps growing its way to possibly becoming the biggest in combat sports, especially with this move into boxing-loving Mexico.What sucks is that the UFC can manage to provide the product in so many countries profitably without the PPV model, but can't in North America?Please.

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6/1/13 7:59 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Oh, I read too much into things. I thought capitalizing the "E" in "MExican"was some type of secrete Internet code to identify yourself before the revolution comes. Kind of like virtual lambs blood.

CLINTK9 site profile image  

5/31/13 10:44 AM by CLINTK9

I'd rather pay $10 a month for a subscription and get all ufc even if it meant watching it in the wee hours of the morning. watch 15 ppvs a yr for $150 at 4 amor watch 15 ppvs a yr for $750 to watch at 8 pmI'll take saving $600 a yr Alex!

sevr1 site profile image  

5/31/13 10:25 AM by sevr1

I agree. But, having Cain certainly wouldn't hurt the card in any way. But, having Goyo (who is 13-4, 3-0 w/ all three first round finishes in the UFC)on the card (possibly a co-main), would be a big step in gaining a real foothold in Mexico. A great way to come in town and "drop the bomb" like Dana likes to say.My real question is, living in New Mexico I get a lot of access to Mexican TV programming. Can if do some research and find this subscription channel? I need to get better at my Spanish anyway...

1oldfart site profile image  

5/31/13 9:03 AM by 1oldfart

i watched ufc 1 and have been a fan ever sincei trained at punchout when it was the place to be back in 2000+i lived 49 years in the u.s. and have since moved to colombia s. america, medellin to be exact.mma is starting to get a lot of attention down here and is primed for someone with experience to open a fight promotion.there are barrios similar to the favelas in brazil where there would be an endless supply of fighter hungry to have a better life.the cost of putting something like this together would be low and the potential return very high.colombia is very u.s. friendly and my experience down here has been nothing but welcoming. they love the people and everything else from the u.s. down here.anybody or know anybody that might be interested let me know, i could help.scottscott.hengehold@yahoo.com

MMALOGIC site profile image  

5/31/13 6:39 AM by MMALOGIC

the thing is they had to go the subscription route because it's hard to monetize on free tv.They now have close to a million people on subscription in brazil which is essentially a ufc channel. 10 bucks a month is 10 million a month in revenue. You cant sell that much in ad inventory in those countries.Eventually the same thing will happen in the states once the everything is streaming over the internet and most of the distribution costs are eliminated.right now ppv distributors like cox, dish, etc... take half of the revenue. tha's ridiculous. Once everyone is consuming all their visual content through the internet most of that cost will disappear. the price of ppv will drop significantly.

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5/31/13 6:32 AM by MMALOGIC

no, but I appreciate their fighting spirit. My grand parents are from the caucusus.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

5/31/13 4:29 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Your MExican? Who'd a thunk it?