US telco AT&T has signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with Spanish-language television network Univision that involves carriage of the latter’s three new cable networks, as well as authenticated access to content across a number of devices.
Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will add the novela channel tlnovelas, sports service Univision Deportes and news network FOROtv to its IPTV service ‘U-verse TV’.
The deal also includes renewals for the flagship Univision network, stablemates TeleFutura and Galavisión, plus the addition of five TV channels (De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit) which Univision acquired from programming partner Televisa.
The carriage agreement also includes the delivery of Univision content across all of AT&T’s content delivery platforms, including U-verse TV, mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and online.
It also emerged today that AT&T has temporarily suspended sales of the hardware kit it developed in conjunction with Microsoft which allows customers to access U-verse TV on their Xbox 360 games console (more details here).
AT&T added 200,000 subscribers for U-verse TV in the first quarter of this year to reach 4mn in service. The company collected two awards in the annual IP&TV Awards which were announced last March in London: ‘Best TV App’ and ‘Best TV Consumer Device’ – full details here.