Verizon Adds One-Dozen Spanish Channels

Verizon Communications Inc. has reached carriage agreements to add 12 Spanish-language channels to its Verizon FiOS TV service.

The regional Bell operating company reached a deal with TuTv, a joint venture between Grupo Televisa SA and Univision Communications Inc., to add De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico and Telehit.

And Verizon reached agreements with independently owned networks Canal SUR, TVE Internacional, Infinito, Cine Latino, Cine Mexicano, La Familia, TV Chile, TV Colombia and EWTN Español.

The company said all 12 channels are available on FiOS TV's Spanish-language package -- which has a total of 25 channels in Keller, Texas, where the service launched Sept. 22 -- and on its La Conexion package, which includes nearly 140 channels with English- and Spanish-language programming.

“FiOS TV's Spanish-language package and La Conexion package will provide the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States with exceptional choices of popular in-language channels, plus many newer networks and English-speaking networks that appeal to this audience,” FiOS TV vice president of programming and marketing Terry Denson said in a prepared statement.