Los Angeles Football Club announced on Thursday they have renewed their broadcast arrangement with Univision for local Spanish-language broadcasts for the 2019 season.
The team, whose Spanish TV broadcasts were on the local UniMás affiliate (KFTR) last year, will have two games on the same channel again in 2019, along with 16 on the local Univision affiliate (KVMD).
“We remain committed to having our matches accessible to all of our fans and supporters in Los Angeles,” LAFC President and Co-Owner Tom Penn said in a statement. “Univision Los Angeles is an award-winning broadcast leader who is trusted by our fans to provide comprehensive content and coverage of the Club.”
The local deal will apply only to games that will not be nationally televised broadcasts, meaning the other 16 LAFC regular-season games will be on ESPN or FOX networks. Local English-language broadcasts of games that aren’t nationally televised will be streamed on LAFC’s channel exclusively on YouTubeTV. If you do not live in the local viewing zone (which is most of Southern California, and then some) you can watch LAFC’s non-nationally televised games on ESPN+, the streaming service launched last year.
I watched most of the local games on the Spanish broadcast last year, and it was decent enough. The announcers always sounded like they were in a tin can for the first several minutes of each game, but it’s TV-quality work and the people working on it are well familiar with soccer. They will also do pre- and postgame shows again this year, according to the release.
According to the club, here’s where you can find the UniMás and Univision channels on your cable package:
- AT&T – Ch. 31/1031
- Charter* – Ch 21/721
- Cox* – Ch. 23/1063
- DirecTV/Dish – Ch. 31
- Frontier/Verizon Fios – Ch. 23/523
- Spectrum* – Ch. 21/23/32/721/1241
*Check your local listings for additional channel information.
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