NexTV News Latin America English http://en.nextvlatam.com Media on the NexTV generation in Latin America Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:43:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Roku to resume sales in Mexico http://en.nextvlatam.com/roku-to-resume-sales-in-mexico/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:50:28 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/roku-to-resume-sales-in-mexico/ Roku announced that the company will resume sales of its streaming devices in Mexico in the coming weeks, after a favorable ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in CDMX. “Today’s decision is an important victory for Roku and its Mexican distributor, Latamel Distribuidora, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Mexican retailers in the legal battle [...]

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Roku announced that the company will resume sales of its streaming devices in Mexico in the coming weeks, after a favorable ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in CDMX.
“Today’s decision is an important victory for Roku and its Mexican distributor, Latamel Distribuidora, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Mexican retailers in the legal battle against an improper ban on sales of its popular streaming players in Mexico. We are pleased with the Collegiate Court’s decision and look forward to continuing to build Roku’s TV streaming business in Mexico,” said Roku General Counsel Stephen Kay.
In turn, Roku CMO Matthew Anderson said, “We are grateful for our customers in Mexico who, despite the sales ban, continued to stream more and more hours; and for our retail partners and content providers who supported us throughout this past year. We look forward to launching the latest Roku devices in Mexico soon and giving customers an even richer streaming experience.”
The legal battle that managed to ban the commercialization of Roku devices in the country began in mid-2017 when Cablevisión, owned by media giant Televisa, filed a lawsuit alleging that the company’s streaming devices allowed access to illegal content.
After the decision, Cablevisión said it is in favor of Roku’s commitment to battle piracy. “In Mexico, Cablevisión co-exists and collaborates with platforms such as Netflix, Apple TV and Amazon, among others. It is good that Roku has finally committed to develop anti-piracy measures,” the company said, according to Expansión.

Bernarda Duarte, Director, Content Acquisition of Roku, will participate as speaker in the next edition of NexTV CEO Latin America, the leading conference to be held on November 1 & 2 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. The executive will discuss the new era of personalization and Add On channels along with executives from Digicel group and Uruguay’s TCC.

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Netflix beats Q3 expectations and reaches 137 million users http://en.nextvlatam.com/netflix-beats-q3-expectations-and-reaches-137-million-users/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:15:47 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/netflix-beats-q3-expectations-and-reaches-137-million-users/ Netflix added 7 million members in Q318, more than the 5 million expected by the company, and reached 137.1 million users globally (130 million are paid accounts), according to its third quarter report. In this way, the streaming giant recovers from the second quarter, where it added fewer subscribers than expected. During Q3, Netflix added [...]

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Netflix added 7 million members in Q318, more than the 5 million expected by the company, and reached 137.1 million users globally (130 million are paid accounts), according to its third quarter report.
In this way, the streaming giant recovers from the second quarter, where it added fewer subscribers than expected. During Q3, Netflix added 1 million members in the United States and reached 58.46 million (56.96 million paid memberships). In the international market, the OTT added 5.87 million and reached 78.64 million (73.46 million paid users).
Netflix reported revenues of USD 4,000 million in the period, of which 3,911 million belong to the streaming business. The international market revenues were USD 1,973 million and in the United States, it reached USD 1,937 million.
“Our broad slate of original programming helped drive a solid quarter of growth with streaming revenue increasing 36% year over year”, said the company in the report.

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Telefónica integrates Netflix in Brazil http://en.nextvlatam.com/telefonica-integrates-netflix-in-brazil/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:49:18 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/telefonica-integrates-netflix-in-brazil/ Telefónica, which operates in Brazil under the Vivo brand, is integrating Netflix into its IPTV platform. The process will be carried out gradually and automatically, starting this month. The operator’s customers who also have a Netflix subscription can now directly access the streaming video service through Vivo TV set-top box and remote control. The integration [...]

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Telefónica, which operates in Brazil under the Vivo brand, is integrating Netflix into its IPTV platform. The process will be carried out gradually and automatically, starting this month.
The operator’s customers who also have a Netflix subscription can now directly access the streaming video service through Vivo TV set-top box and remote control. The integration will be available for clients with the Open IPTV platform, which was launched in 2017 and brings a more intuitive interface and features such as content recommendation and premieres on the main screen.
To use the service, customers must enter Vivo TV and access Netflix through the main menu or through channel 710. In case it is a new account, the user can register, choose the plan and select the payment method (credit or debit card) and the collection will be made directly by Netflix.
Luiz Bento Da Silveira, senior manager of Evolution of Products of Telefónica Brasil will participate as speaker in the next edition of NexTV Series Brazil, which will be held in São Paulo on November 28 & 29 at the World Trade Center.

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Disney announces two original series http://en.nextvlatam.com/disney-announces-two-original-series/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:21:12 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/disney-announces-two-original-series/ Disney Media Distribution Latin America (DMDLA) announced – during Mipcom 2018 in Cannes – the production of two new original series: “Americana” and “Cazadores de milagros” (“Miracle Hunters”). The first title will be developed with Naim Media Group (NMG). This 10-episode series will take place in Brazil in late 19th-century. The story will focus on [...]

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Disney Media Distribution Latin America (DMDLA) announced – during Mipcom 2018 in Cannes – the production of two new original series: “Americana” and “Cazadores de milagros” (“Miracle Hunters”).
The first title will be developed with Naim Media Group (NMG). This 10-episode series will take place in Brazil in late 19th-century. The story will focus on the events that occurred after the Civil War in the United States, when the Emperor of Brazil invited thousands of defeated Southerners to the country.
In turn, “Miracle Hunters”, a 13 hour-long episode series, is a co-production among DMDLA, Mediapro, BTF Media, and Somos Productions, with a production set based in Mexico, and BTF Media as the production company.
The plot centers on a skeptical journalist who works for a news site and needs an article that may save his career, a young and brilliant heiress of a successful yet controversial media empire, and an enigmatic psychic who debates herself between faith and need, all of whom cross their fates in a unique mission that will compel them to question their doubts and certainties about faith: tracking real cases of miraculous events.

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Brazilian operators demonstrate 8k video streaming over 5G technology http://en.nextvlatam.com/brazilian-operators-demonstrate-8k-video-streaming-over-5g-technology/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:22:09 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/brazilian-operators-demonstrate-8k-video-streaming-over-5g-technology/ Brazilian operators Claro and Net (both part of the América Móvil group), together with the Chinese company Huawei, are conducting the first live demonstration in the country of Ultra HD 8K video streaming over a 5G experimental network. Contents are provided by TV Globo. For this initiative, work began in July this year, reaching a [...]

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Brazilian operators Claro and Net (both part of the América Móvil group), together with the Chinese company Huawei, are conducting the first live demonstration in the country of Ultra HD 8K video streaming over a 5G experimental network. Contents are provided by TV Globo.
For this initiative, work began in July this year, reaching a speed of 3.2Gbps and very low latency of 1ms, with 5G Huawei equipment over the 3.5GHz band. Test transmissions are available within the framework of Futurecom 2018.
The 3.5GHz band will be the first used for 5G in Brazil and will be the center of the tests of coexistence with TV services that use C-band satellite spectrum in that country, said Claro in a statement.
“We are investing significantly in the modernization and expansion of our network, with the development of the 4.5G,” said José Felix, president of the Claro Brasil group.
According to the executive, Brazilian regulator Anatel recently made official that it will use Claro’s CRT (Technological Reference Center), located on the island of Fundão, in Rio de Janeiro, for testing and approvals using 5G over 3.5 GHz. “This shows that we are taking concrete steps towards the next generation of mobile networks. And it could not be different, since Claro was always at the forefront of these developments in Brazil,” he added.

Claro and Net will participate in the next edition of NexTV Series Brazil, the leading conference on TV and OTT, to be held on November 28 and 29 in São Paulo. Marcelo Torii, Director of Marketing, Products and Financial Planning of Claro; Claudio Zylberman, Director of Engineering and Technology and Alessandro Maluf, director of Product Video at Net will be speakers at the event.

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Mediapro, Vice Studios ink co-production deal for Latin America http://en.nextvlatam.com/mediapro-vice-studios-ink-co-production-deal-in-latin-america/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:27:11 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/mediapro-vice-studios-ink-co-production-deal-in-latin-america/ Audiovisual group Mediapro and Vice Studios have signed an agreement to co-develop and co-produce original scripted TV series. The alliance begins with “Border Republic”. This series is set on the border between U.S. and Mexico, in Matamoros and Brownsville cities. In the context of the construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, the series will show “the [...]

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Audiovisual group Mediapro and Vice Studios have signed an agreement to co-develop and co-produce original scripted TV series. The alliance begins with “Border Republic”.
This series is set on the border between U.S. and Mexico, in Matamoros and Brownsville cities. In the context of the construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, the series will show “the transformation of a character that gives us hope that this community and culture won’t be split in half,” both companies said in a statement. Production kicks off in 2019 throughout the natural landscapes on the border.
“We are very pleased to have Vice as a partner. We are confident that its enormous trajectory, along with Mediapro’s experience in scripted content, will provide unthinkable stories to our viewers,” said Laura Fernández Espeso, director of International Content at the Mediapro Group.
Andrés Reymondes, Vice LatAm & U.S. Hispanic CEO, commented: “This is the first of many scripted projects that we’ll be developing from Vice Studios LatAm in the coming years, and starting with Daniel (Burman content director at Mediapro U.S) and our friends at Mediapro is a privilege as well as a guarantee of commitment and the utmost quality.”

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Amazon Prime Video offers titles from the 2018 Guadalajara Film Festival http://en.nextvlatam.com/amazon-prime-video-offers-titles-from-the-2018-guadalajara-film-festival/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:51:44 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/amazon-prime-video-offers-titles-from-the-2018-guadalajara-film-festival/ Amazon Prime Video has added to its catalog in Mexico more than 25 titles from the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), including the Jury Prize winner for Ibero-American Narrative Feature, “Vivir y otros ficciones”. Other titles available are “El Espanto” (Argentina), the FICG Jury Prize Ibero-American doc winner; Wiñaypacha (Peru) which took home FICG’s [...]

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Amazon Prime Video has added to its catalog in Mexico more than 25 titles from the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), including the Jury Prize winner for Ibero-American Narrative Feature, “Vivir y otros ficciones”.
Other titles available are “El Espanto” (Argentina), the FICG Jury Prize Ibero-American doc winner; Wiñaypacha (Peru) which took home FICG’s Mayahuel for Best Cinematography and Best First Feature in the Ibero-American film category.
The list also includes “La defensa del dragón”, opera prima by Colombian director Natalia Santa; “Eugenia”, the new film by Bolivian filmmaker Martín Boulocq, winner of the Best Screenplay award and “Cría Puercos”, the film directed by Ehecatl Garcia with Concepción Márquez, who won a special mention for his performance.
Prime members can access the service via the app for compatible TVs, connected devices such as Fire TV, mobile devices and inline via the website.

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MGE and SBS sign distribution deal http://en.nextvlatam.com/mge-and-sbs-sign-distribution-deal/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:35:25 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/mge-and-sbs-sign-distribution-deal/ Mega Global Entertainment (MGE), the independent distributor led by Esperanza Garay, announced an agreement with the Korean network SBS to distribute content in Asia. At the same time, MGE will exclusively represent the drama catalog of the channel throughout Latin America. The fantastic thriller “El regalo de Dios: 14 días”, which was aired as a [...]

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Mega Global Entertainment (MGE), the independent distributor led by Esperanza Garay, announced an agreement with the Korean network SBS to distribute content in Asia. At the same time, MGE will exclusively represent the drama catalog of the channel throughout Latin America.
The fantastic thriller “El regalo de Dios: 14 días”, which was aired as a remake with the name ” Somewhere Between” on ABC in the United States, will be the first title that MGE will launch at MIP Cancun.
In addition, the agreement will allow MGE to present telenovelas such as “Escalera al Cielo” (which was broadcast in more than 20 countries, as well as in Korea where it obtained a 50% share), “Mi Amor de las Estrellas” (filmed in HD, which reached an audience share of 29.6% in Korea, won 14 awards and aired in 20 countries) “Jardín Secreto” (a ratings success with an estimated over 20 billion contribution and widely awarded), ” Mirada de Angel “(aired in 13 countries with very high ratings) and” La mujer de mi esposo “(which won several awards and reached a 40% rating in its final episode).
I have admired the content of SBS and its high production standards since Telemundo began its distribution in Latin America eleven years ago,” said Garay, CEO of MGE. The executive also said she is “convinced that there will be a growing demand for these dramas. SBS has an extremely attractive content and for which Latin American viewers feel a cultural affinity. ”

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StarTV to add OTT services to TV offer in 2019 http://en.nextvlatam.com/startv-to-add-ott-services-to-tv-offer-in-2019/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:42:33 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/startv-to-add-ott-services-to-tv-offer-in-2019/ Mexican DTH operator StarTV is working on partnerships with OTTs services to complement its content offering. In 2019, it will offer “well known” platforms, said in an interview with NexTV News Latam the company’s general director, Bruno Pruneda. Meanwhile, the company moves forward with its ‘double play’ package that integrates pay TV with satellite Internet. [...]

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Mexican DTH operator StarTV is working on partnerships with OTTs services to complement its content offering. In 2019, it will offer “well known” platforms, said in an interview with NexTV News Latam the company’s general director, Bruno Pruneda. Meanwhile, the company moves forward with its ‘double play’ package that integrates pay TV with satellite Internet.
Pruneda will discuss the new pay TV opportunities in Latin America in the next edition of NexTV CEO Latin America, the leading conference organized by Dataxis, to be held on November 1 & 2 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami.
StarTV began operations in early 2016 in one single city and currently covers more than 75% of the country, focusing on offering pay TV to populations that do not have access to this type of service, which enabled the company to have a rapid growth.
Currently, StarTV has close to 200,000 pay TV subscribers, a figure the executive estimates they will finally reach by the end of this year. In 2019, the goal is “to move faster to reach 400,000.” In addition to pay TV, the operator offers its StarGo satellite internet product focused on rural areas and those difficult to access, such as agricultural fields, cottages and greenhouses, among others.
“We are the only player in the Mexican market to offer pay TV via satellite and satellite internet with the latest technology,” he said. This year, the company intends to “flood the market with yellow antennas” and “continue breaking paradigms in the telecommunications sector in Mexico.” In addition, “we are working in alliances with OTTs to complement our content offerings”.
Pruneda believes that streaming services “are used as a complement to pay TV. People with Internet access do not cancel pay TV, but it does reduce the cost of their package to complement it with an OTT.”
“In 2019, we will launch different renowned OTT platforms included in the price of our packages”, he added.
On the other hand, the executive said that they will bet on ‘double play’ offerings with StarGo. “From September/October we offer StarTV. This means that, with the purchase of any satellite Internet package, we include satellite television with 56 channels of all genres.”
“We are very happy to launch this promotion. We believe that people, in addition to the Internet, also deserve to know our satellite television service and thus cover two basic needs of the population. There are still many areas in Mexico without access to the internet through conventional means and we want our new satellite internet to be used with the best television”.

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DirecTV offers multiplatform coverage of NBA games http://en.nextvlatam.com/directv-offers-multiplatform-coverage-of-nba-games/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:30:41 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvlatam-en/directv-offers-multiplatform-coverage-of-nba-games/ DirecTV will offer up to 123 NBA games of the 2018-2019 season – starting on October 16 – live and in HD on DirecTV Sports 2 and with online access through DIRECTVSports.com and DirecTV Sports App. Subscribers can access to additional programming by subscribing to the exclusive NBA League Pass package. There will be 96 [...]

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DirecTV will offer up to 123 NBA games of the 2018-2019 season – starting on October 16 – live and in HD on DirecTV Sports 2 and with online access through DIRECTVSports.com and DirecTV Sports App. Subscribers can access to additional programming by subscribing to the exclusive NBA League Pass package.
There will be 96 games of the regular season and up to 20 games of the Playoffs including the finals of the Eastern Conference. In addition, through the NBA League Pass, users will be able to access two additional games per night on channel 675 and up to 1 game per night on channel 676 of the regular season. The operator’s clients who subscribe to this package will also have online access to all the games of the season, including the Playoffs and the Finals.
In addition, on NBA TV, customers will have a 24-hour channel dedicated to basketball, including up to one game per day during the regular season, NBA Action, offering special productions and NBA Zone with an original DirecTV Sports production. The programming will be available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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