Discovery has acquired Latin American Golf company, which operates Golf Channel Latin America, a Pay TV channel. Its former owners were Simple Networks LLC and Fornaluz Productions S.A., an affiliate of Inversiones Bahia.
Discovery’s bet on golf is not new. Earlier this year it launched GolfTV, an OTT platform with live and VOD content, after reaching an agreement with the PGA Tour (organizer of the main international golf tour). This service is available almost everywhere in the world (outside United States), but due to rights issues, all content is not available in every territory. For example, GolfTV coverage in Latin America includes live streaming of the European Tour championships and select PGA Tour content, but does not include PGA Tour tournaments.
Golf Channel Latin America was launched in 2006. It offers fans a wide range of golf content and coverage of PGA Tour tournaments, including more than 36 live events. The channel is currently available through Pay TV operators in 17 countries across the region.
“Under the ownership and management of Simple Networks and Inversiones Bahia, Golf Channel Latin America grew its distribution by over one million households,” noted Simple Networks co-founder Jason Markham. “Enlarging Discovery’s golf portfolio in the region will allow us to better serve a passionate and growing audience and explore opportunities within new and existing partners,” explained Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic Division President Fernando Medin.