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7/2/2008
EWTN Spanish Language Service Now Available to DirecTV Subscribers in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The international Spanish-language service of EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched on DirecTV in Latin America and the Caribbean. EWTN El Canal Catolicó will now be delivered 24 hours a day throughout the region on Channel 350.

Bishops from throughout Latin America applauded the news.

“I am very satisfied to know that EWTN’s programming will now be available in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America through DirecTV,” said Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela. “I congratulate EWTN and share the joy of a great number of viewers who will have access to the Word of Life in their homes through television. May God bless you.”

Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, was equally enthusiastic. “I congratulate DirecTV Colombia and EWTN for having reached this agreement,” he said. “It is a pleasure for all of us to have easy access by means of DirecTV’s service to the national and international transmissions offered by EWTN.”

The newly-elected president of the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador was also elated by the news. “We have received with much joy the news of the agreement finally reached between EWTN and DirecTV Ecuador,” said Archbishop Antonio Arregui. “This excellent evangelization service made by EWTN will now be available to a great number of Ecuadorian families. May God bless you.”

Countries that will benefit from this agreement include Argentina, Bolivia, the Caribbean (including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Both EWTN and DirecTV Latin America were pleased with the agreement.

“We are honored to reach this agreement and bring to our platform the inspiring and family-oriented programming of EWTN. We continuously aim to provide our clients with the best and most relevant programming, technology and services. With the addition of EWTN, we hope that enthusiasts of the channel and its content, whether they are existing or new subscribers, will enjoy it with all the amenities that the largest and most advanced digital platform in the continent brings,” said Sandro Mesquita, Director of Programming and Marketing for DirecTV Latin America.

Michael P. Warsaw, President of EWTN, agreed. “I am delighted that DirecTV has made EWTN available throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and that so many people will now have an opportunity to benefit from all the programming that EWTN has to offer.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 27th year, is available in nearly 150 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
 

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