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GOL TV
GolTV logo
Launched February, 2003
Owned by Tenfield (100%)
Picture format 480i
Slogan Tu fútbol, tu canal (Spanish for "Your football, your channel")
America's first soccer channel (English)
Language English and Spanish
Website goltv.tv
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 426 (dual language version)
620 (English only)
Cable
Available on select US cable systems Check Local Listings for channels

This article is about the American sports network. For the similarly named and themed network in Spain, see Gol Televisión.

GOL TV is the first television network dedicated fully to association football (soccer) in the United States. It is based in North Bay Village, Florida and is owned by GOLTV Inc. The network broadcasts selected football matches of the Spanish League, German League, Coppa Italia, the Copa América, and many leagues from South America and Central America, such as the Colombian and Ecuadorian leagues. GOL TV is a 100% bilingual channel, all programs on it are broadcast in both English and Spanish. Subscribers can get both audios and choose which one to hear using the Secondary audio program (abbreviated as "SAP") feature on their television sets.

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Ownership

Montevideo, Uruguay-based broadcasting corporation Tenfield SA is the parent company of GOL TV. Enzo Francescoli is its CEO and Managing Director.

Programming

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Europe

  • Spain Primera División (La Liga)
    Starting with the 2009-2010 season, 3 matches each round (114 matches total) have been sublicensed to ESPN, Inc..[1] 3 matches each round (114 matches total) have been sublicensed to DirecTV, Inc. in exchange for 42 UEFA Europa League matches from the Group Stage through the semifinals. Contract runs through 2011-2012 season.
  • German Bundesliga
    Contract runs through 2011-2012 season. 2 matches each round have been sublicensed to ESPN, Inc. for Spanish-language telecast on ESPN Deportes and Internet streaming at ESPN360.com
  • Coppa Italia
    Contract runs through 2009-2010 season.
  • AC Milan Channel
    AC Milan matches in the UEFA Champions League, delayed to Friday afternoons.
  • UEFA Europa League: 42 matches from the Group Stage through the semifinals. (Sublicensed from DirecTV, Inc. in exchange for 114 La Liga matches.) Contract runs through 2011-2012 season.

South America

Central America

Other matches

GOL TV broadcasts select international matches, including friendlies and qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and European Championship. These currently include all home games of the German, Italian, and Scottish national teams.

Other programs

  • AC Milan Channel - A weekly magazine show featuring Italian club AC Milan that airs on Fridays at 8:30pm US Eastern Time.
  • Bundesliga magazine - A weekly series that focuses on the lifestyles of the stars of the German Bundesliga, which airs on Fridays at 8pm US Eastern Time.
  • FIFA Futbol Mundial - An in-depth weekly magazine show that features mini-documentaries, interviews and human interest stories that highlight the most significant and current happenings from the world of soccer. The program airs Fridays at 8:00pm US Eastern Time.
  • GOLTV News - A daily newscast that airs twice each day and is devoted exclusively to soccer. It features goals, interviews, analysis and transfer news. It airs Monday through Friday at 7pm and 10pm US Eastern Time.
  • Hallo! Bundesliga - A weekly series that provides a recap and highlights of all the games from the Bundesliga in Germany. The program airs on Tuesdays at 7:30pm and 10:30pm US Eastern Time.
  • Foot Brasil - A weekly series that provides a recap and highlights of all the games from the Campeonato Brasileiro. It airs on Wednesdays at 8pm US Eastern Time.
  • Soccer Cam - A program in which videos from the audience showing their football skills are shown. Videos may be sent through the network's website. The program airs Thursdays at 8:00pm US Eastern Time.
  • Los Profesionales - A weekly program with Gol TV personalities discussing a wide range of topics from the world of football.

Latest deals and growth

  • On January 11, 2005, GOL TV Inc. reached a distribution agreement with DirecTV to offer GOL TV and distribute it as part of the DirecTV Mas and the Sports Pack. Dish Network previously had satellite exclusivity.
  • On July 21, 2005, Coca-Cola reached an agreement with GOL TV to promote not only its products but advertising channels as well. The new airing of 'Sabor a Gol' every Friday at 8:50pm and at 1:20am US eastern time is a weekly five minute segment showing goals from local and international leagues and tournaments from around the world that are sponsored by Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola deal comes after a similar deal with Volkswagen much earlier this year which resulted in the airing of a show called 'Volkswagen Gol'. 'Volkswagen Gol' was formerly called 'A Todo Gol'. After two years, GOL TV now has close to eight million viewers.
Original logo of GOL TV
  • In March 2007, SCP Worldwide announced that it had offered to buy 80% of GolTV for $200 million.[2] The deal fell through, but SCP Worldwide and GolTV agreed to produce and distribute the first four rounds of South American FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying games.[3 ] GolTV showed all 20 games on their own network, 4 live, and 16 premiered 48 hours later. All games were shown live on pay-per-view, broadband and cable.
  • In August 2008, Dish Network permanently removed GOL TV from its programming because of alleged contract disputes.[4] This gives DirecTV satellite exclusivity to GOLTV.

Competitors

Channels with similar content include:

References

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