Monthly Archives: February 2018

Copa Libertadores games to be available on free-to-air TV in 2019

The South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) announced that starting next year matches of the Copa Libertadores tournament will be available on free-to-air TV, in each of the 10 affiliated countries. The entity opened on Tuesday the call for the first TV rights tender process for the 2019-2022 period. This process includes the sale of TV [...]

MTV Play app reaches 10 million downloads

MTV Play app has exceeded 10 million downloads in Latin America and 150 million total video views. According to the company, the five countries that consume the most videos on the platform are México, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina. MTV Play launched in Latin America two years ago. The service offers seasons and complete episodes [...]

Crackle launches app for Xbox One in Latin America

Sony Pictures Television Networks Latin America (SPTN Latin America) announced the launch of a new application of Crackle, its authenticated SVOD service, for Xbox One consoles in Latin America. To access the content, users must be subscribed to the service through a pay TV operator. The app includes features such as Always On, Parental Control, [...]

Flow signs Caribbean soccer TV deal

Flow Sports has signed a multi-year deal with the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) to broadcast multiple confederation championships. Under the deal, the sports network secured English-language rights across its Caribbean footprint for the upcoming editions of the Concacaf Champions League, the Concacaf League, and the newly-launched Flow Caribbean Club [...]

AMC Networks to acquire RLJ Entertainment

AMC Networks announced a deal to acquire the outstanding shares of RLJ Entertainment, the company headed by Robert Johnson that owns the OTT services Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel). AMC plans to acquire the shares it does not currently own and are not affiliated with Johnson. Currently, the media company owns [...]

Fanatiz to live stream all Libertadores and Sudamericana games in the US and Canada

Latin American soccer streaming service Fanatiz has signed an agreement with sports media agency MP & Silva to live stream all Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana games in the United States and Canada. In the US, the service will live stream all matches from both competitions. A total of 40 Copa Libertadores matches and 30 [...]

Chile moves forward with DTT transition

Chile’s Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel) has opened the public tender to award Ch$ 5.7 billion (USD 9.7 million) for the subsidy of DTT systems for regional or community channels. With this initiative, the government seeks to move forward with DTT transition by providing funds for the purchase of equipment such as set-top boxes, transmitters, antennas, [...]

Telefónica, Huawei to deploy 4.5G in three cities in Latin America

Telefónica and Huawei have closed a deal to deploy 4.5G technology in Bogotá (Colombia), Monterrey (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). This way, the telecommunications company looks to meet the growing demand for mobile video, as well as online games. In this evolution to 4.5G, Telefónica is introducing 4×4 MIMO, 3x Carrier Aggregation (CA), 256-QAM [...]

Argentina delays DTH approval decision

The telecommunications companies are waiting for their authorization to provide DTH in Argentina. According to Página 12 newspaper, which cites official and private sources, the government will not issue a DNU (decree of necessity and urgency) to authorize them to provide DTH and, instead, decided to debate the issue in the Congress. For several months [...]

Telefónica exploring possible sale or merger of assets in Latin America

The president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, said that the company is exploring how to value some assets that may be “undervalued” in Latin America, for which they are analyzing possible mergers, sale of assets or network sharing agreements, according to Europa Press. “We are very focused on returns on capital employed and at any [...]