Univision Communications and Liongate studios are teaming to launch a premium subscription video on demand (SVOD) service designed specifically for Spanish-speaking and bilingual Hispanic consumers in the U.S. It will launch early next year and will offer Spanish-language box office hits, including genres such as comedy, drama, horror, family and kids.
In a press release, the companies said that many of the titles will be available on the same date as their theatrical release in Latin American markets. The service will also encompass titles from Lionsgate’s joint venture with Televisa, Pantelion Films and Hollywood films from Lionsgate’s 16,000-title library and other catalogs dubbed into Spanish.
Pantelion Films has rights to more than 70% of the top-grossing films from Mexico over the past five years, including such blockbusters as “Instructions Not Included”, the animated hit “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos”, and the comedy “No Manches Frida”.
The venture will capitalize on the marketing and distribution expertise of Univision, which will offer the new service to cable and satellite operators individually as well as in tandem with its own Univision NOW. The network will also license titles from its classic Latino cinema library to the new service.