MIAMI — Fox Sports Latin America has inked a carriage deal with satcaster DirecTV Latin America, becoming the first News Corp. channel to jump from its own satcaster Sky.
Latin America is the only region in which Sky and Hughes Electronics-controlled DirecTV compete head-on.
Spanish-lingo Fox Sports Latin America goes to 11.6 million homes, excluding Brazil. DirecTV Latin America will add another 1.6 million subscribers, though that figure includes its total regional sub base, including Brazil and the Caribbean.
Following a deal announced last month under which Fox Sports Latin America took over programming assets of the now-defunct Pan-American Sports Network (PSN), the channel is now part of a sports programming and production venture owned by Fox Entertainment Group, News Corp., Liberty Media and PSN-backer Hicks Muse.
PSN had been carried on DirecTV. Fox Kids Latin America may well be the next. The channel was included under the Disney acquisition of Saban, though as yet, Disney has not announced its plans for the feevee. Fox Kids Latin America continues to air as a basic channel under the Fox name.
The Mouse House’s Disney Channel is a premium channel only, with a DTH exclusive with DirecTV.
Fox operates one other channel in Latin America, general entertainment web Canal Fox.