Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sling TV adds more regional channels, becomes OTT leader in South American programming

Pay TV OTT service Sling TV announced the launch of three Argentine channels – Telefe Internacional, El Trece Internacional and Todo Noticias (TN) – in its “Sudamérica” regional pack, making Sling TV the leader in South American content among streaming TV providers in the United States, the company said in a release. Telefe, Eltrece and [...]

Globo launches standalone soccer streaming service

Soccer streaming platform Premiere Play (Grupo Globo) is now available as standalone service in Brazil, with a catalog that includes live games of the series A and B of the ‘Brasileirão’ (Brazilian national championship) and the main state championships. The monthly subscription costs R$ 79.90 (USD 21). Globo had initially launched Premiere Play as TV [...]

TV Azteca considers leaving soccer business

TV Azteca CEO Benjamín Salinas said in the Q218 report that soccer costs are becoming “less sustainable” from a financial perspective so the company is evaluating whether to continue or not in this business. “We are obligated to review the soccer business in a comprehensive manner and to evaluate the viability of staying there, the [...]

Megacable’s Xview reached 332,000 subscribers

Mexico’s pay TV operator Megacable announced this week its financial results for the second quarter. The company recorded 3.15 million video subscribers, a 7.9% growth (or 230,000 net adds) compared to Q217, reaching the fifth consecutive quarter of growth. Multiscreen service Xview continues to experience a positive performance, reaching 332,000 subscribers in 2Q18, which represents [...]

DirecTV Latin America added 140,000 subscribers in Q218

AT&T announced its financial results for the second quarter. The company reported that DirecTV ended the period with 13.7 million subscribers in Latin America, after recording 140,000 net additions, even with declines in Brazil. The number of total subscribers in Latin America does not include Sky Mexico (Televisa-AT&T) which at the end of Q218 had [...]

Movistar Argentina moves forward with fiber deployment, announces new offer for residential clients

Movistar announced a new offer for its fiber customer base, which has reached 300,000 homes connected, the company said in a statement. The new offer includes unlimited calls to fixed lines nationwide, 300 Mbps of Internet speed and the new Smart WiFi application to auto-manage the wireless connection and devices from the smartphone. Currently, Movistar [...]

Sony seeks strategic partner for Crackle

Sony Pictures Television is looking a strategic partner for Crackle, with the aim of increasing the streaming services revenues and making it more competitive. The move was announced by Mike Hopkins, Sony Pictures Televisions chairman, In a memo sent to employees on Monday, according to local media. I want to make you all aware that [...]

Telefónica challenges Telecom-Cablevisión merger in Argentina

Telefónica announced that it challenged the decision of Argentina’s Commerce Secretariat to approve the merger between Telecom and Cablevisión. According to the company, the combination “involves the main pay TV provider in the country” and “will concentrate almost 60% of the fixed broadband market nationally and up to 90% in certain cities.” In a statement, [...]

Millicom acquired Cable DX in Guatemala

Millicom revealed during the presentation of the second quarter results that it has acquired Guatemalan cable operator Cable DX. The company said it added 52,000 connected homes and approximately USD 1.2 million in revenue. Cable DX operates in the cities of Quetzaltenango, Coatepeque, Mazatenango y Totonicapan. According to its Facebook profile, “DX is a leading [...]

Netflix announces new Brazilian original series

Netflix announced its new Brazilian original series, “The One” (“O Escolhido” in Portuguese), an adaptation from the Mexican show Niño Santo. The six, one-hour long episodes series is scheduled to premiere globally on the platform in 2019. The new thriller will be tailored for Netflix audience by authors Raphael Draccon and Carolina Munhóz. The series [...]