DirecTV to Offer GolTV on DIRECTV PARA TODOS® and SPORTS Pack Programming Service
24-Hour All Soccer Network will be Available to Customers Nationwide in February 2005 in both Spanish and English
El Segundo, CA Jan 11, 2005 DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading and fastest-growing digital television service provider, and GolTV, Inc., announced today an agreement to add GolTV, the 24-hour all-soccer network, to the DIRECTV PARA TODOS® programming lineup and the DIRECTV SPORTS Pack beginning in February.
The only all-soccer channel, GolTV will be available at no extra charge to customers who subscribe to the DIRECTV PARA TODOS OPCION ULTRA ESPECIAL con Canales Locales programming package for $39.99 per month, or the DIRECTV SPORTS Pack for $12 per month.
"GolTV has been one of the most requested channels among our DIRECTV PARA TODOS customers who are soccer fans, and as the leader in sports programming we are delighted to add it to our lineup," said Stephanie Campbell, executive vice president, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. "With GolTV and our carriage of other leading sports networks, we now have the strongest Spanish-language sports programming offer in the market today."
"We are thrilled to be part of the DIRECTV PARA TODOS service and SPORTS Pack lineup," said Enzo Francescoli, vice president and executive director of GolTV. "I am so pleased that DIRECTV is launching GolTV in both Spanish and English and see this agreement as a clear endorsement of our superior programming, which allows soccer enthusiasts to follow their favorite leagues and catch soccer's greatest moments both past and present. With this agreement GolTV is well on its way to conquering the U.S. market."
Delivering more than 1,500 soccer games each year from around the world, GolTV offers live games in English and Spanish from some of the best leagues in the world with exclusive rights to games from Italy, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. GolTV also broadcasts live and live-on-tape games from Europe's UEFA Cup, Copa del Rey and International Friendly Games; World Cup qualifying matches from South America; and the UNCAF Tournament in Central America.
Other programming features from GolTV include GolTV Noticias, two daily independent hour-long wrap-up shows highlighting the latest and most important happenings in the world of soccer; A Todo Gol, a review of all the best goals in the world made over the past seven days; Super Estadio, a daily in-depth analysis program focusing on Mexican soccer; and Futbol Total, a dynamic format featuring the best highlights of the week's games.
Launched in October 1999, the DIRECTV PARA TODOS® service offers the most comprehensive Spanish- and English-language programming available at an affordable price. The service provides access to more than 50 Spanish-language channels* including sports, movies, music, news and educational networks and 215 English-language channels of DIRECTV® programming, featuring the largest selection of pay per view choices and sports programming available.
*Includes English-language broadcast channels with alternate Spanish audio.
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GolTV is the first and only Television Channel broadcasting 100% soccer in the US. GolTV was officially launched in February 2003. GolTV brings the best games from many Latin American countries as well as complete coverage of soccer from around the world such as the excitement of live international matches from Italy and Spain, daily newscasts, interviews and the most complete goal show on TV. For more information please visit www.goltv.tv