Today NBCUniversals Telemundo and mun2 took over as the official Spanish-language Home of the FIFA World Cup in the U.S. across all video platforms following the unveiling of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 emblem in Moscow. The company also announced its broadcast plans for the upcoming other FIFA Events in 2015 to be featured across the Telemundo network and stations, the cable network mun2 and all its digital properties.
Three years and one week ago, NBCUniversal announced the game-changing acquisition of the exclusive Spanish-language US media rights to the FIFA World Cup, said Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal. Today we are proud to see the first tangible manifestation of this major acquisition, which will bring unprecedented exposure for Telemundo and mun2 and offer a unique opportunity to accelerate audience growth and consolidate our position in the industry.
During 2015 Telemundo and mun2 will feature 188 FIFA Events matches totaling more than 550 hours of FIFA world-class soccer. The NBCUniversal networks will cover four FIFA Events in 2015: the Mens FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted by New Zealand from May 30 to June 20; the FIFA Womens World Cup played in Canada from June 6 to July 5; the Mens FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup hosted by Portugal from July 9 to July 19 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup played in Chile from October 17 to November 8.
The networks also unveiled a composite emblem that harmonizes the images of the two Hispanic networks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia emblem. The resulting piece symbolizes the tournaments values and traditions and officially endows Telemundo and mun2 with the character of the official Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup.
A pillar of Telemundos and mun2s broadcast will be the experienced team of soccer narrators and commentators coupled with the unmatched story-telling tradition of its award-winning Sports division. The team of commentators led by Andres Cantor, named by FIFA as one of the Worlds Top Legendary Commentators, offers a unique combination of former players like Carlos Hermosillo and Manuel Sol, and soccer experts such as Sammy Sadovnik.
Leveraging over two decades of experience producing major soccer events, including numerous FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, the Telemundo network and its stations will incorporate FIFA World Cup related content in their regular programming to keep audiences abreast of the latest news and developments and build a seamless continuity throughout the whole day across all FIFA Events.
The Hispanic cable network mun2 will also embrace the FIFA World Cup as it continues to deliver the best in high profile, must-see sports properties including the Barclays Premier League (BPL), the NFL on mun2, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.
Telemundo, part of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundos multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundos original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices,www.telemundo.com andwww.mun2.tv; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.
NBCUniversals Hispanic cable network mun2 offers a thrilling mix of original dramas, exclusive premium sports, blockbuster movies, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions. mun2 is the home for current and unique content produced and presented for the fastest growing audience US Hispanics. The networks content can also be found in its award winning website, mun2.tv and across various digital distribution platforms. The network is part of NBCUniversal’s Hispanic Enterprises and Content.