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. Launched in 1996, Fox Deportes, a division of FOX Sports, is the first and longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the United States. Now reaching more than 22 million cable and satellite households, FOX Deportes has been the nation's leading supplier of Spanish-language sports programming for 20 years. FOX Deportes features a diversified portfolio of properties including NFL pre and post-season games, MLB regular-season, All-Star game, Divisional Series, National League Championship Series and World Series, UFC, the USGA’s U.S. Open, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Champions, college football and premier soccer programming including MLS, Bundesliga, and extensive UEFA Champions League matches. The channel first launched as FOX Sports Americas in 1996, before transitioning to FOX Sports World en Español in 1997. In 2002, the network relaunched as FOX Sports en Español before becoming FOX Deportes in 2010.
|Launched||October 1, 2010|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
Downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV feed
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Formerly called||Fox Sports Americas (1996–1997)
Fox Sports World en Español (1997–2002)
Fox Sports en Español (2002–2010)
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Fox Sports Networks
Fox College Sports
Big Ten Network
|DirecTV||Channel 465 (SD/HD)|
|Dish Network||Channel 855 (SD/HD)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1655
Channel 655 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 311 & 1521 (SD)
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
As of February 2015, approximately 21,831,000 American households (18.8% of households with television) received Fox Deportes.
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.
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. 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 analysis program focuses on Mexico football and the Mexico national team. The talent also discusses the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League, and other leagues in which Latino footballers 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 (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
- "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