Monthly Archives: April 2017

YouTube Kids app now available on Smart TVs

YouTube Kids app has arrived on select LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs in the 26 countries where the app is currently available, including Latin America. The app launched over two years ago in the United States and then expanded to other countries worldwide. YouTube said the service has recorded more than 30 billion views [...]

América Móvil says will not pay for Simba’s free-to-air channels

The president of América Móvil group in Brazil, José Félix, said the company will not pay to distribute free-to-air channels Record, SBT and RedeTV, which created the joint-venture Simba to negotiate with operators. “They decided to remove the channels from our programming lineup,” said the executive. “We are not going to pay to have a FTA [...]

Televisa’s profit up 125% in Q117

Grupo Televisa’s net profit attributable to stockholder more than doubled in the first quarter of 2017 due to a favorable change in foreign exchange income as a result of the Mexican peso appreciation against the dollar. Televisa reported net income of MX$ 1,350.4 million in Q117 (USD 72 million) compared to MX$ 600.4 million (USD 32 [...]

Discovery Latin America and BBC Worldwide sign strategic content agreement

Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic (DLA/USH)and BBC Worldwide announced a first look deal for the factual, lifestyle, natural history and motor programming categories, through which Discoverys networks will become the home to many of the BBCs most popular titles. As a result of this agreement, Discoverys portfolio will be the hub of the BBC Worldwides [...]

América Móvil not interested in acquiring Brazil’s Oi

The president of América Móvil group in Brazil, José Félix, said the company is not interested in acquiring Oi, which is currently under bankruptcy protection. However, the executive said they analyzed the acquisition of Nextel. Félix believes that Oi can still negotiate a solution, and said he hopes the company can recover from its financial [...]

Zee Mundo launches on SKY Mexico

Indian content company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) announced the expansion of its Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel, Zee Mundo, in Mexico, after closing a distribution deal with SKY (Televisa/AT&T), the leading operator of the country, which also operates in Central America. Recently, the company announced the launch of the channel on TV Cable from Ecuador, [...]

Brazilian pay TV market falls again in March

According to data from regulator Anatel, Brazilian pay TV industry lost nearly 10,000 subscribers (-0.05%) in March, 2017, and ended the period with a total base of 18.6 million. The DTH provider SKY was the operator with the greatest growth during the month (+1.69%). In March, SKY added 88,000 subscribers and reached 5.3 million total [...]

Nokia, Kaltura partner to provide next generation TV viewing experience

Technology provider Kaltura announced that it has entered into partnership with Nokia to facilitate a more personalized and monetized viewing experience for customers worldwide. Kalturas TV Platform provides a flexible solution for content and service providers who want to launch an OTT TV service quickly and cost-effectively. In addition to being a leader in the [...]

Vivo to stream NBA games on mobile phones

Brazilian telecommunications company Vivo (Telefónica) announced a deal with the NBA to offer the games to its mobile clients. According to the operator, customers can access the service for prices 50% lower than other digital options in the market. Vivo’s clients gain access to the service through the NBA application (for iOS and Android), which Vivo [...]

Gired approves changes in analogue switch-off schedule in Brazil

Gired, the group coordinating the implementation of digital TV in Brazil, which is integrated by telecommunications companies, TV broadcasters and regulator Anatel,  approved to postpone the analogue switch-off schedule in Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza and the interior of Sao Paulo. The proposal must be formalized by the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Gilberto [...]