Univision Network FAQs

Sparklight is currently in negotiations with Univision for the right to continue carriage of their channels (Univision, Unimas and Galavision where currently carried). This agreement expires on September 30, 2019. 

Because we know price is important to our customers, we will negotiate in good faith over the next few weeks before our contract expires in an effort to strike the best possible deal for you.  If Univision will not accept a fair rate, we will be forced to remove Univision channels in favor of adding other popular Spanish language networks. 

 

 

I just received a letter saying that you are negotiating with Univision. Does this mean you are going to remove their channels?

We are currently negotiating in good faith with Univision for the right to continue carrying their programming. Since we know price is important to our customers, we will continue to negotiate in an effort to strike the best possible deal for you, prior to the contract expiration date of September 30, 2019.

What’s going to happen if you remove these channels?

As always, our goal is to come to a fair resolution for both sides, and we are optimistic that we can come to an agreement with Univision. If we are not able to come to an agreement that is fair for everyone, we will be forced to remove Univision channels (Univision, UniMas and Galavision where currently carried) in favor of adding other popular Spanish language networks.

Will I get a credit on my bill if you remove these channels?

Rather than a bill credit, we will offer customers our Hispanic Tier free for six months. The Hispanic Tier has 9 Spanish language channels which include a variety of news, sports and entertainment options, including: CNN Español, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, NBC Universo, Tele N, Disney XD (SAP), Boomerang (SAP), Cine Mexicano, and Juarez de Canal 44.

If I am willing to pay more for this channel, can I keep it?

Unfortunately, Univision does not make per-subscriber deals. In order to be able to offer this programming to our customers, we must have a companywide agreement with Univision that includes all subscribers.

How can I access Univision programming if you remove these channels?

The Sparklight Hispanic Tier offers 9 Spanish language channels which include a variety of news, sports and entertainment options for just $5 per month. Channels include: CNN Español, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, NBC Universo, Tele N, Disney XD (SAP), Boomerang (SAP), Cine Mexicano, and Juarez de Canal 44. Univision programming is also available on a subscription basis via the Univision Now app for $9.99 per month or $109 per year.

How will I access Spanish-language news now that you don’t carry Univision?

Sparklight’s Hispanic Tier offers 9 Spanish language channels, including CNN Español, which offers 24-hour news coverage for just $5 per month. Univision programming is also available on a subscription basis via the Univision Now app for $9.99 per month or $109 per year.

Why don’t you just pay Univision so that I can watch my shows?

We know price is important to our customers. The price we charge our customers is directly affected by what we pay for programming. We negotiate dozens of contracts every year - if we agreed to large rate increases on every channel we carry, that would mean substantially higher rates for our customers.

Why shouldn’t I just switch to satellite so that I can get Univision?

Unfortunately, these disruptions are an industry-wide problem and no pay TV provider is immune. Switching isn’t the answer because no TV provider can promise you won’t be blacked out. These blackouts affect millions of cable, satellite and telco video customers, no matter where they live. Unfortunately, jumping from one provider to another to try to avoid a blackout offers no real escape. It only encourages programmers to continue to blackout channels, raising the price that everyone pays.