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UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever

By and | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever2ND UPDATE, 1:40 PM: We know the winner of yesterday’s World Cup final was Germany, but it looks like ABC/ESPN and Univision scored too. Both broadcasters had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39% in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96% over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34% from its total audience from 2010.

Broadcasting live on ABC on Sunday afternoon, the Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in a game that went extra time was watched by 17.324 million viewers with an average rating of 9.1. That marks the most-watched men’s soccer final ever for the Disney-owned properties and the third-most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., behind only the 18.22 million who watched USA-Portugal on ESPN on June 22 and the 17.95 million who saw Team USA win the Women’s World Cup final in 1999 over China. Sunday’s final was the most-watched World Cup championship game in U.S. Spanish-language TV history with an average total audience of 9.2 million (5.0 million adults 18-49), with the broadcaster out-delivering ABC in the big Miami and LA markets. Read More »

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World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In Final

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 2:36pm PDT

World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In FinalWith a goal scored at nearly the end of extra time, Germany has won the 2014 World Cup over Argentina. After a 0–0 score after a regulation 90 minutes, the European side’s Mario Gotze took a pass off his chest, then kicked it past  the South Americans in the 112th minute to take the Beautiful Game’s greatest prize before a crowd of 74,738 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a global audience of probably billions watching on TV (we’ll have ratings as soon as they become available). A last-minute direct kick by Argentina’s Lionel Messi sailed high over the German net that might have evened the score, and sent the game into a shoot out. This is only the sixth time a World Cup final has gone into extra time. The win is German’s fourth World Cup, after victories in 1954, 1974 and 1990 (well, it was West German then, and the win also came over Argentina).

Starting on June 13 with 32 teams competing, this year’s tournament has seen record-breaking ratings and viewership results for both of the tournament’s U.S. broadcasters, ESPN and Univision.Both have seen double-digit gains over the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Check back Monday morning for TV ratings results from today’s final from both countries as well the stateside broadcasters. Today’s final was shown on ABC as well as the Spanish language broadcaster.

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UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game Ever

UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game EverUPDATE, 1:31 PM: When you win 7-1, you win big. Like Germany’s big semifinal win over Brazil yesterday at the World Cup, ESPN had a very good game. With a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers watching the afternoon game on the sports network, the match was both the highest-rated and most viewed World Cup semifinal in American TV history. In fact with the exception of games where the now departed TeamUSA played, yesterday’s match is the highest- rated World Cup ever on ESPN/ESPN2. It beat the 4.0 that Mexico’s loss to the Netherlands on June 20 pulled in, which was the previous non-USA participating record. Over on Univision, the stunning blow-out game drew 5.8 million viewers to be the top World Cup semifinal ever on the Spanish language network. Germany will face the winner of today’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina on July 13.

PREVIOUS, 2:34 AM: Is a spoiler alert really necessary on what’s already such a historic game?…

In the highest-scoring semi-final match in the 84-year history of the World Cup, Germany crushed Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday. We do not yet have viewing figures from Brazil, but in Germany, the historic triumph drew an all-time record audience. An average of 32.57M viewers watched from 10 PM local time on ZDF. The previous record was set by the 2010 World Cup semi-finals in South Africa which drew 31.1M. A staggering 87.8% of the country was tuned in last night — and that of course … Read More »

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UPDATE: ESPN Wins With Brazil Vs. Colombia Game Ratings

UPDATE: ESPN Wins With Brazil Vs. Colombia Game RatingsSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 2:12 PM: The USA are out of the World Cup but the ratings goals keep going in the net for ESPN. The Independence Day match between host Brazil and Colombia drew 6.349 million viewers to become the most watched World Cup quarterfinal ever in ESPN and ABC history. The Brazil winning game, which got a 3.6 rating, beat the previous record holder of the 5.71 million who watched the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal between Germany and Argentina on ABC on July 3rd that year. The earlier match on Friday (France vs. Germany on ESPN2) delivered an average audience of 4.89 million and a 2.9 rating.  Over on Univision, the Brazil vs. Colombia game averaged 5.5 million viewers with 3.0 million among Adults 18-49.  Brazil beat Colombia 2-1. Read More »

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UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M Viewers

By and | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 12:48pm PDT

UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M ViewersSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 12:48 PM: Yesterday’s defeat for Team USA was a real letdown for all those across the country who took part of their afternoon to watch the World Cup knockout game against Belgium. However, for ESPN and Univision that dedicated audience was a real score, to use the already overused term. ESPN had 16.49 million viewers watching the game and a 9.8 rating. That is not a record for ESPN, but it is the second-most watched men’s soccer game in U.S. TV history. Yesterday’s game falls behind the 18.22 million who watched the American team’s heartbreaking last-minute tie with Portugal on June 22, which got a 9.6 rating. However, the latter game was on a Sunday unlike yesterday’s weekday match. In that context and the fact that the ratings for Tuesday’s dramatic game doesn’t count all the massive crowds across the nation who watched on jumbo screens means that the U.S. vs. Belgium match probably actually was  much closer to the June 22 game in relative terms

Over on Univision, 5.1 million viewers watched the game, which went into extra time. While not the record-breaking 10.4 million who tuned in for Mexico’s loss on June 29 to the Netherlands nor the 6.5 million who saw Portugal tie Team USA, yesterday’s Univision viewership is better than the 3.4 million who watched America’s 1-0 loss to Germany on June 26. Online, Univision Digital saw a record-breaking 1.8 million unique viewers watch yesterday’s game. Maybe they were there because they were worried that ESPN’s WatchESPN app would crash again as it did during the USA-Germany game. Actually the ESPN app performed rather well and averaged 3.5 million unique viewers during the match. Read More »

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World Cup Ratings Update: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever With Mexico Vs. Netherlands Game

By and | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

World Cup Ratings Update: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever With Mexico Vs. Netherlands GameSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 11:45 AM: It was a loss for Mexico to the Netherlands that saw the North American country’s World Cup 2014 dreams end. However, for Univision, the Sunday game was nothing but a win. 10.4 million viewers watched the Spanish language network’s broadcast of the match. That makes Sunday’s game not only the most watched soccer game ever on Univision or any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster but also the most univison logowatched telecast ever on the broadcaster or any other  any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster. The previous record holder was the 9.0 million who watched the December 3, 2007 broadcast of  the telenova Destilando Amor on Univision. Sunday game on Univision also bested ESPN’s broadcast of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match by 57% more in terms of viewers and 68% among Adults 18-49. But that’s also a record in terms of soccer viewership for Univision and any U.S.-based Spanish-language broadcaster.

PREVIOUS, 7:55 AM: Sunday’s World Cup match-ups saw the Netherlands make a late comeback to dash Mexico’s hopes of advancing to the quarter finals, and Costa Rica overtake Greece in a 5-3 penalty shoot out. The matches continued to set new records for ESPN, with both drawing a 4.5 in the overnight ratings. The two Round of 16 matches now rank as the network’s 4th and 5th largest overnight rating for a World Cup match in any round. The … Read More »

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World Cup Ratings: Univision & ESPN Share Spoils With Mexico-Croatia Game

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 1:35pm PDT

World Cup Ratings: Univision & ESPN Share Spoils With Mexico-Croatia GameSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

Mexico’s impressive victory over Croatia yesterday that vaulted it into the World Cup second round sent Univision‘s ratings into orbit. The Spanish-language network’s coverage averaged 7.1 million total viewers and 3.9 million adults 18-49. That topped ESPN‘s coverage, which drew 2.5 million viewers, and not surprisingly topped the 6.5 million total viewers it had for Sunday’s USA-Portugal thriller, which marked Univision’s best viewership number ever for a Team USA game. (Expect all those U.S. records to be smashed for Thursday’s USA-Germany game that will decide the Americans’ fate.) Overall, both networks are seeing big spikes to date in ratings, with ESPN up 48% in total viewers and Univision up 46% through yesterday’s games.

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UPDATE: World Cup Ratings: England v Italy Gives ESPN Most-Watched Non-U.S. Group Match; BBC One Scores 11.5M Viewers

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world-cup-2014UPDATE 4:28 PM PT: The England-Italy game that was played on Saturday averaged a 2.6 rating for ESPN with 4.615M viewers. That makes it ESPN/ESPN2’s most-watched non-U.S. Group Stage World Cup game ever. The network says that only three U.S. men’s Group Stage matches have delivered a larger audience (the side has yet to take the field this year). In terms of household ratings, England’s defeat at the hands of the Azzurri is the 2nd highest-rated non-U.S. Group Stage World Cup game, falling behind Thursday’s Brazil-Croatia opener which scored a record overnight average of 3.2 in the metered markets. Univision, meanwhile, reports that its World Cup audience is 25% larger among total viewers than in 2010 through eight matches. Yesterday was the most-watched Saturday of Group play in Univision Deportes’ World Cup history, the network says. Those matches included Colombia-Greece, Uruguay-Costa Rica and England-Italy. Today’s big match-ups included France versus Honduras, which ended a few hours ago, and Argentina versus Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are still on the pitch. Germany faces off with Portugal tomorrow at 12 PM ET, but what Americans will really have their eyes on is how the U.S. fares against Ghana at 6 PM ET.

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UPDATE: World Cup Ratings: ESPN Draws 3.1M Viewers To Spain v Netherlands

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 1:22pm PDT

Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen match…

Fifa-World-Cup-2014-BrazilUPDATE, 1:22 PM PT: Friday’s Spain-Netherlands game, which rematched the 2010 World Cup final adversaries, scored a 2.0 rating for ESPN with 3.1M viewers on Friday. That was down from the record 4.4M total viewers the network had for Thursday’s opener between Brazil and Croatia. Univision, which is also airing the games Stateside, has offered up its household ratings with the LA market pulling a 5.1 for the Spaniards versus the Dutch; New York was a 3.2. Today (or at midnight tonight if you’re in Europe like I am) England faces off with Italy in what is expected to be a massively watched game, on this side of the world for sure.

PREVIOUS, 2:35 AM PT: Last night’s match between defending World Cup champions Spain and their adversary in the 2010 final in South Africa, the Netherlands, was eagerly anticipated at home and abroad. But in what was an unexpected rout, the Dutch team bested the Spaniards by a staggering 5-1. spain netherlands world cup In the Netherlands, the match was watched by an average 7.2M on Nederland 1. The audience peaked just before the end of play with 8.3M. In Spain, it was watched by 11.2M for a 68.5% share according to local reports. Watching from the sidelines, the UK registered an average 8.22M … Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Who Wants To Buy Univision? (Video)

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 1:36pm PDT
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Univision Investors Eyeing Sale

CBS, Time Warner and even Mexico giant Grupo Televisa are on the list of potential suitors for fast-growing Univision, which reportedly is shopping itself around with a $20B asking price. Deadline's David Lieberman reports.

Related: Univision In Deal Talks With CBS And Time Warner: Report

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Deadline Now Morning Report: Thursday Box Office Numbers, World Cup Ratings, Univision Sale Rumors (Video)

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Morning Report, Friday June 13

'22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' both had strong Thursday late-night grosses, which bodes well for both to have big debuts; Brazil-Croatia kickoff to World Cup scored in TV ratings; Univision is looking around for potential buyers, according to reports. Dominic Patten reports.

BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Late Night Nabs $5.5M; ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Solid $2M
World Cup Opener Scores Record Rating For ESPN
Univision In Deal Talks With CBS And Time Warner: Report

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UPDATE: World Cup Opener Scores Record Rating For ESPN

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 11:58am PDT

Brazil Croatia World Cup RatingsUPDATE, 11:58 AM: ESPN isn’t the only ones broadcasting the World Cup to Americans this year and it looks like it isn’t the only one getting the most eyeballs on the ball. Univision had 5.1 million viewers for the opening game of the World Cup yesterday, compared to the 4.4 million total viewers ESPN had for the host country’s 3-1 victory. Of course those numbers paled besides the UK viewership: ITV’s coverage pulled in 8.2 million viewerd between 7-11:15 PM GMT with the actual match itself getting more than 11 million viewers. The UK channel’s viewership peaked at 9:30 PM with 12.61 million watching. That’s a big leap over BBC 1’s most watched show last night, the soap EastEnders, which drew 4.94 million. On Saturday, England makes its debut in the tournament with a game against Italy, so expect big big numbers then.

PREVIOUS, 7:55 AM: EPSN has scored with the World Cup — at least in the first game as Brazil held off Croatia. The opener featuring the host team against a determined Croatia side yesterday averaged a 3.2 overnight rating in the metered markets, a 52% increase compared to the 2010 opening match, which drew a 2.1 rating and pitted host South Africa against Mexico. The network is saying Brazil-Croatia is the highest overnight rating for a World Cup opening game on record, according to Nielsen, since ESPN began tracking metered markets for the … Read More »

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Univision Investors Engage In Deal Talks With CBS And Time Warner: Report

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 6:29pm PDT
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Univision Investors Eyeing Sale

CBS, Time Warner and even Mexico giant Grupo Televisa are on the list of potential suitors for fast-growing Univision, which reportedly is shopping itself around with a $20B asking price. Deadline's David Lieberman reports.

univisioncomm1Billionaire Haim Saban and several investment companies that paid $13.7B (including $1.4B in debt) for the Spanish-language media company in 2007 want out for at least $20B, the Wall Street Journal says. They’ve reportedly sounded out Time Warner and CBS to see if there’s interest, although the paper says that there’s “no sign any of the preliminary discussions have led anywhere” due to the high price. Other options include taking the company public, or seeing whether the FCC might relax its rules barring foreign entities from owning more than a 25% stake in TV stations — opening the door for Mexico’s Grupo Televisa which owns a small stake in Univision.

Analysts have wondered about Univision’s fate: Its owners include private equity firms Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners — and companies like these usually don’t like to wait much more than five years to see a payoff from their investments. The 2007 acquisition of what was then a publicly traded company was seen as a coup for the group: They paid $36.25 a share, thwarting an effort by the controlling shareholder at the time — secretive former Hollywood agent A. Jerrold Perenchio — to collect $40.  Since then Univision has expanded with multiple cable channels including sports service Univision Deportes, digital properties, and a production studio. Last year revenues increased 7.6% to $2.6B.

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Univision To Offer A Simon Cowell Talent Show As It Pitches Advertisers On Its Youth Appeal

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 9:36am PDT

univisioncomm1Simon Cowell has joined Univision‘s effort to dissuade advertisers of the notion that Spanish-language programming is fine for older viewers but not necessarily young Latinos who are bilingual and watch English TV. He’s launching a talent show in 2015, La Banda — a search for five members of a Latino boy band — across the company’s media platforms, he said "Britain's Got Talent" - Photocalltoday at Univision’s upfront presentation. “There was only one destination [for the show], and that was Univision,” he said as execs added that they’ll begin looking for product integrations, which have become de rigueur for TV talent shows. Contestants will come from Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, and the band will have a recording contract with Sony Music Latin.

The announcement buttressed what’s possibly the most direct sales pitch advertisers will hear from the major networks presenting during upfront week: “You won’t sell your stuff if you don’t speak the language,” EVP Ad Sales Steve Mandala told Upfronts2014_badgeadvertisers in his presentation today. Univision presents itself as the “one media company that’s 100% focused on all Hispanics.” Mandala pointed to rapper Pitbull (he “isn’t just a pop star; he’s a marketing powerhouse”) and Univision’s success selling products for Post’s Honey Bunches Of Oats, Subway, Nissan, and Toyota.
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Major League Soccer Strikes 8-Year, $720M TV Deals With ESPN, Fox Sports & Univision

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 3:26pm PDT

JuninhoAlonso-ISIPhotos.com_-1024x802With the English Premier League and Champions League finals and the looming FIFA World Cup, soccer is on more American minds than usual at the moment. Good time for Major League Soccer to make some sports page headlines with its new TV rights package. The U.S. pro league has inked eight-year deals with ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision that run from 2015-22, with the nets combining to air 125-plus MLS matches each season. The league and the partners didn’t disclose financial termsESPN_logo__130813225927-275x206, but Sports Business Daily reports that Fox Sports and ESPN are paying a combined $75 million a year, with Univision chipping in $15 million per, for a total of $720 million over the life of the deal. That’s five times higher than the average annual value of the 18-year-old league’s current media deals, SBD said. League Commissioner Don Fox Sports logoGarber called it “the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country.” Each net will feature an MLS Match of the Week, with a Friday night game on Univision and ESPN and Fox Sports 1 airing back-to-back Sunday matches at 5 and 7 PM ET. With MLS’ regular season running from March to October, there will be nearly two months of Sunday overlap with that little upstart league called … Read More »

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Univision Unveils 2014-2015 Slate

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 3:15pm PDT

univisioncomm1Univision has unveiled its 2014-2015 slate ahead of next week’s upfront presentation. It includes four new novelas, and four news documentaries. Novelas La Gata and Hastal El Fin Del Mundo are both slated to premiere this fall, and Mi Corazon Es Tuyo and La Malquerida, are set for later in the year. News documentaries include Who Is Dayani Cristol, which focuses on the death of migrant workers in the Sonora desert, and Narco Tek, which takes a look inside the technology used in the drug trafficking business both from the drug cartels’ side and the governments who are constantly fighting the multimillion dollar underground industry. Returning for a ninth season is Univision’s hit beauty pageant and reality series Nuestra Belleza Latina 9, featuring 12 young women who compete to become Hispanic television’s next big star. Here is Univision’s complete 2014-2015 programming lineup: Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV & Televisa To Co-Produce Teleseries ‘Señorita Pólvora’

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 12:29pm PDT

This is the first co-production forSony-PicturesTV-LOGO Sony Pictures TV and Televisa under their 5-year deal announced on Monday. Original teleseries Señorita Pólvora, starring Camila Sodi, Iván Sánchez and José María de Tavira, was inspired by the real life story of a televisa 4beauty queen whose alleged connections to the underworld and a romantic affair with an assassin ultimately led to her untimely demise. The series will be produced in Mexico by SPT, and will air cross multiple Televisa platforms and on UniMás in the U.S. UniMás will present the series at Univision’s upfront next Tuesday. Señorita Pólvora is also being sold across the rest of Latin America by SPT while Televisa will distribute across the east and south of Europe; SPT and Televisa will jointly distribute the series throughout the rest of the world. Señorita Pólvora follows Valentina (Sodi), a beautiful, well-to-do young women who falls for a hit man only to find out that her love, in addition to her own family, belongs to of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. Her explosive life and gradual descent into the world of crime is chronicled by a journalist who kindles a burning flame for the deadly beauty queen.
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Longtime Univision Star Raul Gonzalez To Host Telemundo Variety Series

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 4:04pm PDT

Raul Gonzalez, most recentlyraul1 the co-host of Univision‘s Despierta America, has jumped to Telemundo, where he will host a new telemundo_logo_detailvariety series slated for next season. He also will contribute to multiple series and specials, the first of which will be the Billboard Latin Music Awards Presented by State Farm to be broadcast live on April 24 at 7 PM. “I am delighted to be joining the team at Telemundo and for the trust they have shown in me,” said Gonzalez. “I am a firm believer in following your dreams and for me hosting a prime time series has always been one of my major goals. We share a passion for quality television and will bring our audience the programming they want and deserve.” Gonzalez left Univision last month after 12 years as co-host of Despierta America. He also frequently co-hosted the long-running variety show Sabado Gigante.

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Bounce TV To Switch To Univision Stations From Fox In NYC, LA, Dallas, Orlando, And Phoenix

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:16pm PST

Bounce_logoThe change will take place in 2015 and will help to solidify the relationship between Univision and Bounce, which describes itself as the first broadcast TV network for African Americans. In addition to the new carriage arrangement, Bounce renewed its deal with Univision to air as a multicast channel on its stations in San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Raleigh and Tampa. “Bounce TV has been a hit for our stations,” Univision Television Group President Kevin Cuddihy says. “We are looking forward to expanding our successful relationship to more markets.” The companies didn’t disclose financial terms. But Bounce TV Distribution EVP Jeffrey Wolf says the new agreements “ensure that the leading over the air broadcaster targeting the Hispanic viewer and the only over the air network targeting African Americans are side by side for many years to come.”

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