Fox Deportes is a Spanish-language sports network in USA, which was formerly known as Fox Sports en Español. It was first launched in 1996, and has since contributed to Fox’s extensive sports coverage aimed at its Hispanic audience. Its initial name was Fox Sports Americas; however, it underwent two rebranding exercises before settling with the Fox Deportes identity in 2010. The network is owned by Fox Sports Media Group and it broadcasts in 720p (HD) – though a downgraded 480i feed exists (SDTV).
Sports disciplines covered on Fox Deportes over the years have included American football, baseball, boxing, golf, motorsport, soccer and professional wrestling. The premium television station has also aired several college sports-related events. Popular TV shows that have been part of Fox Deportes’ programming line-up include Central Fox and La Ultima Palabra.
Fox Deportes has enjoyed massive success in terms of TV ratings, thanks to its access to some of the largest sporting events in USA. In 2017, the channel made the headlines as its telecast of Game 7 in the World Series ended up being the most followed non-soccer event in the history of Spanish-language cable television, according to Nielsen Media Research.
As a regular recipient of Spanish-language broadcast rights secured by Fox Sports, Fox Deportes has been seen as the ultimate source for coverage of multiple soccer leagues and tournaments on US TV. Historically, soccer on Fox Deportes has included the English Premier League and FA Cup; German Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup; Italian Serie A and Mexican Liga MX, Ascenso MX and Copa MX; as well as the US Major League Soccer (MLS).
Fox Deportes has also held soccer broadcast rights for major continental club competitions happening in and outside of Europe, such as the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup; and also the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Some of the TV deals the channel has benefited from were signed with a validation period spanning a decade or more. In 2015, it was announced that Fox had extended its US media rights agreements with FIFA, thus making the coverage of international FIFA Men’s and Women’s tournaments available on Fox Deportes up until at least 2026.
Fox Deportes is available via satellite and cable through the following TV providers in USA:
AT&T U-verse: Channel 655 (SD) and Channel 1655 (HD)
Fox Deportes can also be streamed online and on both Android and iOS tablets and smartphones via partner OTT platforms. These include AT&T TV Now, FuboTV and PlayStation Vue.
In the past, Fox Deportes streams were available on the official Fox Sports GO app. In May 2019, however, Fox Sports GO was updated to host streams of regional sports content only. In the process, Fox Deportes’ online feed was moved to the FoxSports.com website and the official FOX Sports apps available on the Play Store and App Store. Users accessing Fox Deportes streams may be required to authenticate themselves via participating TV providers in USA.