ESPN Deportes is a Spanish-language pay-TV sports network, operated by ESPN Inc. in USA. It was founded in 2004 and has since become available in millions of Hispanic homes. A high-definition version of the channel, called ESPN Deportes HD, was launched in 2011.
Content from ESPN Deportes is available to watch in the Unites States, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As one of the key assets of ESPN, it is related to other linear networks managed by the company, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network and SEC Network.
Sports on ESPN Deportes consists of games coverage in multiple disciplines, including American football, baseball, boxing, eSports, Golf, mixed martial arts, tennis and soccer. In addition to broadcasting live and taped sporting events, the network has aired a lot of studio shows over the years, many of which have been produced in ESPN’s studios located in Mexico City, Mexico. These include Fútbol Picante, Los Capitanes and the popular SportsCenter program.
ESPN Deportes has had significant soccer coverage in the past, as a result of its parent company ESPN holding Spanish-language rights to many soccer competitions—whether via exclusive deals or sublicense agreements. Its long history of soccer rights counts numerous club leagues and domestic cups from Europe, like the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga. Larger club competitions such as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League have found their way on the screens of ESPN Deportes subscribers as well.
With their target audience comprising Hispanics, ESPN Deportes have covered the Mexican Liga MX and Copa MX, in addition to the Ascenso MX. Many of the soccer games televised by ESPN Deportes have been available on streaming service ESPN3, as well as on related radio station ESPN Deportes Radio with Spanish-language commentary.
Various cable providers, including Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity and Optimum TV have ESPN Deportes as part of their respective channel lineups in USA; however, exact channel numbers may vary based on the location.
For cord cutters, live matches on ESPN Deportes may be available to stream live on multi-screen digital network ESPN Deportes+. Furthermore, all content from the channel is mirrored on the ESPN App, which is compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices and smart TVs.
Users accessing the streams may be required to authenticate themselves through a participating TV provider. Optionally, subscribers may watch ESPN Deportes online or on the device of their choice via partner OTT platforms, including AT&T TV Now, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV.