Category: OTT / VOD

Netflix tests instant scene-replay feature

Netflix is testing a new feature that would allow its members to restart a scene, the LA Times reported. The streaming giant confirmed the information but said that it has not decided whether if it will remain permanently. We’re trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favorite scenes and memorable [...]

FilminLatino streaming service to shut down

The Mexican Cinematography Institute (Imcine) announced that the OTT service FilminLatino will shut down on January 1. Through her Twitter account, María Novaro, Imcine director, said that it is “a well-founded and necessary decision to be able to promote Mexican cinema in a more comprehensive, inclusive and effective way”. Given this situation, Oscar-winner Guillermo del [...]

Acorn TV expands to more countries in Latin America

North Americas streaming service Acorn TV, which offers British and international content, announced that is now available in thirty new countries, including Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela and Uruguay. Launched in Canada and the United States in 2011 Acorn TV quickly became a reference for premium entertainment from British and international television. In June 2018, it expanded [...]

Grupo TV Cable launches Fox and HBO’s digital platforms for broadband subscribers

The Ecuadorian operator Grupo TV Cable announced that its residential broadband subscribers will now be able to access Fox and HBO’s online offer without a pay TV subscription. HBO Go will be marketed from this week, while the next one, the operator will launch the Fox+ platform. Grupo TV Cable is already offering Sony Pictures [...]

Launch of AT&T’s new OTT service could find obstacles outside the U.S.

During a presentation with analysts this week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the new OTT service that Warner Media plans for Q419 will be initially available in the United States, since “it’s not that simple” to launch it globally, due to specific agreements in each market. Stephenson said they would like this platform to [...]

Inside Secure enters into an exclusive agreement to acquire Verimatrix

Inside Secure announced that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement to acquire Verimatrix, the global independent leading software security provider for video services, with presence in Latin America. Inside Secure will pay USD 143 million in cash, plus an estimated USD 9 million earn-out in the second quarter of 2019. The transaction is expected [...]

Globo launches direct-to-consumer services Telecine and Premiere

Globo announced that it has launched Telecine and Premiere as direct-to-consumer services. This way, users can access the content without a pay TV subscription. As part of this process, the group launched a new billing platform. Telecine is the network of Premium channels that Globo has in partnership with Disney, Fox and Universal. The SVOD [...]

Linear TV channel offering to reduce in the next 10 years, says Hulu CEO

Randy Freer, CEO of the streaming platform Hulu, said that the traditional pay TV offering that includes more than 300 linear channels is going to shrink dramatically over the next 10 years. The executive participated this week in the BI Ignition conference in New York. According to Freer, only cable networks “that have been able [...]

Digital content platform ‘Otro’ launches with soccer stars

The new online service “Otro”, focused on the soccer universe, was recently announced globally. It is backed by some of the sport’s biggest stars. It is available in eight languages (including Spanish) and offers a free version with limited access, and a monthly subscription model. Among the soccer stars that support this initiative and participate [...]

AT&T could sell its 10% stake in Hulu

In a meeting with analysts, AT&Ts CFO John Stephens said the company is considering selling off its 10% stake in Hulu, the video streaming service, in order to reduce debt. AT&T owns that stake through WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner) and according to recent estimates, it could be worth USD 930 million. This is a non-strategic [...]