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ESPN
ESPN
INTERNATIONAL is a family of networks around the world. It was begun in 1989 and is operated by ESPN Inc.

CONTENTS

* 1 Operating Regions * 2 Canada
Canada
* 3 China * 4 Former operations * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

OPERATING REGIONS

BRAZIL:

* ESPN
ESPN
(Available in HD) * ESPN Brasil(Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
+ (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
Extra (Available in HD)

CARIBBEAN:

* ESPN Caribbean(Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
2 Caribbean

LATIN AMERICA:

* ESPN
ESPN
Latin North (Mexico and Central America) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
Latin South (South America) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
2 North (Mexico and Central America) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
2 South (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Perú and Uruguay) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
2 Andina (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela) (Available in HD) * ESPN+(Only in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
3 North (Mexico and Central America) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
3 South (South America) (Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
Extra (Available in HD)

OCEANIA:

* ESPN
ESPN
(Available in HD) * ESPN
ESPN
2 (Available in HD)

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT:

* Sony ESPN * Sony ESPNHD

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA:

* ESPN
ESPN

JAPAN:

* J Sports
J Sports
(1, 2, 3 max-width:308px"> Logos of TSN (left) and RDS (right). Although these channels have kept their original brands after ESPN
ESPN
acquired part-ownership, they now mostly have ESPN-style logos

ESPN
ESPN
International does not directly operate its own channels in Canada
Canada
, but owns a 20 percent voting interest (and slightly larger equity interest) in CTV Specialty Television , a subsidiary of the Canadian media company Bell Media. Canadian regulations on the foreign ownership of broadcasters prohibit ESPN
ESPN
from acquiring majority interest.

CTV Specialty Television in turn operates the following sports television channels:

* The Sports Network
The Sports Network
(TSN) – five feeds * Réseau des sports
Réseau des sports
(RDS) – two feeds * RDS Info * ESPN
ESPN
Classic (Canada)

Although these channels have mainly retained their local brands (ESPN having acquired part-ownership several years after TSN and RDS launched), they now mostly have ESPN-style logos and use other ESPN branding elements. TSN has also adopted the _ SportsCentre_ title for its sports highlights programs.

Through CTV Specialty, ESPN
ESPN
also has an indirect interest in Discovery Channel Canada
Canada
and several related channels, which are operated in partnership with Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications
. These holdings date to CTV Specialty's previous incarnations as Labatt Communications and later as NetStar Communications, in which ESPN
ESPN
also held a minority interest. ESPN
ESPN
is not believed to have any involvement with the Discovery operations.

ESPN
ESPN
is also indirectly associated with TSN Radio, a brand used by several sports radio stations (each wholly owned by Bell Media), each of which also carries a limited amount of ESPN
ESPN
Radio programming.

CHINA

In February 2016, ESPN
ESPN
and Tencent reached an agreement of collaboration. ESPN’s content will be localized and exclusively distributed and promoted by Tencent’s digital platforms in China, including college basketball games, the X Games and an ESPN
ESPN
section on QQ.com.

FORMER OPERATIONS

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, MENA AND ISRAEL: In July 2013, ESPN
ESPN
announced that it would shut down its television networks in Africa, Middle East and Israel, citing a "strategic business decision" to focus on digital content and syndication for these regions.

ASIA: In June 2012, News Corporation
News Corporation
acquired ESPN's 50% stake in its joint venture ESPN
ESPN
STAR Sports. Most of the networks were re-branded as either STAR Sportsor Fox Sportsfollowing the purchase (even after the latter's 2013 corporate split , in which most of the Fox's and STAR's properties became part of 21st Century Fox
21st Century Fox
).

UNITED KINGDOM: In February 2013, BT Group
BT Group
acquired ESPN's UK and Ireland television channel and broadcasting contracts. Its domestic channel was re-branded as BT Sport ESPN
ESPN
, integrating it with the company's BT Sportchannel group. In January 2015, BT Sportand ESPN reached a seven-year agreement to continue licensing ESPN's brand for the channel (which was co-branded as part of the BT Sportnetworks as BT Sport ESPN
ESPN
), as well as British rights to ESPN
ESPN
original programming and events whose international rights are owned by ESPN International. The agreement also allows for joint digital media initiatives between the two companies.

SEE ALSO

* ESPN
ESPN
in the United Kingdom * List of ESPN Latin Americaannouncers

REFERENCES

* ^ "American sports fans cry foul as ESPN
ESPN
yanks Israeli broadcasts". Haaretz. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22. * ^ "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN\'s Stake in Asian TV Venture". _The Hollywood Reporter_. Retrieved 17 July 2015. * ^ " Fox Sportsbuys ESPN\'S Asia TV channels". Spin. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-11-02. * ^ " BT Sportand ESPN