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LatAM, Live sports
Could streaming be the only way to watch Argentinian soccer?
Jan 03 2017 2:30 PM

Consumers’ appetite for live sports streamed online is continuing to create opportunities for leagues and teams around the world to expand their audiences and create new means to monetize their product. An array of sporting events from the Olympics to the Premiere League have found that audiences have grown increasingly accustomed to watching live sports online.

Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
LatAM, Broadband, OTT
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
Jan 03 2017 1:45 PM

Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously were not able to afford service offerings.

That new class of subscribers, in turn, is influencing operators to invest in expanded networks, especially fiber-to the-home (FTTH).

LatAM, SVOD, Netflix
Netflix has more than 70% of Mexico’s SVOD market
Dec 12 2016 2:45 PM

Five years after it launched in Mexico, Netflix is dominating the SVOD market, with a share estimated to be more than 70% of the 6.2 million households with an SVOD service at the close of Q3.

LatAM, SVOD
Crackle, HBO Go SVOD plays launch via Brazil’s Oi
Dec 09 2016 7:45 AM

Brazilian telco Oi is partnering with Sony and HBO/MAX to offer premium content to its pay-TV and broadband subscribers.

Oi is offering Sony’s Crackle and HBO Go unbundled to Oi subscribers.

The SVOD services are being used as value added services to broadband subscribers specifically, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Oi’s pay-TV service.

Pay-TV penetration up in LatAm, but growth opportunities remain
LatAM, Pay TV
Pay-TV penetration up in LatAm, but growth opportunities remain
Dec 03 2016 10:30 PM

Pay-TV service penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean has reached 57%, according to a new report, with Argentina having more than 87% or its TV homes subscribed to a service, the most in the region.

The report, from the Organización de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamérica (OTI), found that Puerto Rico has the next highest pay-TV penetration in the region (68%), followed by Uruguay (61%), Mexico (57%) and Costa Rica (54%).

Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a quarterly upturn, but it’s still down 3% Y/Y
LatAM, Pay TV, Operators
Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a subscriber upturn, but sector is still down 3% Y/Y
Nov 15 2016 8:30 AM

Brazil’s pay-TV subscriber numbers grew Q/Q during the third quarter by 47,000, the first gains the sector has shown in at least seven quarter. And, although those numbers represent a decrease of 558,000 (almost 3%) from a year ago, the slight upward tick is, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

Brazil’s 18.96 million pay-TV subscribers makes it the second-largest in Latin America, behind only Mexico.

Mexico’s pay-TV revenues jump 23% as OTT helps drive subscriber growth
LatAM, Pay TV, OTT
Mexico’s pay-TV revenues jump 23% as OTT helps drive subscriber growth
Nov 15 2016 7:45 AM

Revenues for the Mexican pay-TV industry were up nearly 23% year-over-year in Q3, increasing to $953 million. Much of that growth is attributable to continued subscriber growth in the country as operators bundle services to decrease churn and increase customer loyalty.

But pay-TV operators are also rolling out inexpensive content packages and, perhaps more importantly, making it easy to access video-on-demand services and OTT.

Opera TV helps expand reach of Claro Video in growing LatAm market
LatAM, OTT, SVOD
Opera TV helps expand reach of Claro video in growing LatAm market
Nov 04 2016 5:00 AM

Opera TV is helping SVOD service Claro video expand its presence in Latin America’s growing market, helping Claro streamline its app development and deployment efforts.

LatAm SVOD subs to top 31M; Brazil, Mexico take top 2 spots
LatAM, SVOD, OTT
LatAm SVOD subs to top 31M; Brazil, Mexico take top 2 spots
Oct 27 2016 5:45 AM

The number of subscription video on-demand users in Latin America is expected to hit 31.81 million by 2021, a 161% increase from the 12.19 million subscribers in the region at the end of 2015. Nearly one-in-five TV households will subscribe to an OTT service, up from just 11% this year.

Pay TV subs slide in Brazil; 42% of all video viewing is online
LatAM, Pay TV, OTT
Pay TV subs slide in Brazil; 42% of all video viewing is online
Oct 11 2016 11:15 AM

Brazil’s pay-TV woes continued in August with Y/Y subscriber numbers falling to 18.9 million from 19.6 million in 2015, the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) reported. The 3.5% decline puts the industry down about 673,000 customers, as a sluggish economy and increased number of OTT users continue to take a toll.

When compared to July 2016, the number of pay-TV subscribers was down by 20,737. 

Telefónica asks regulators, gov’t to work with it as it vows $3B spend in Peru
LatAM, Operators
Telefónica asks regulators, gov’t to work with it as it vows $3B spend in Peru
Oct 11 2016 7:45 AM

Telefónica has reaffirmed its commitment to drive Peru’s digital transformation, promising to spend $3 billion expanding products and services there by 2020.

Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete said the Spanish multinational would bolster its IoT investments in the areas of health, education and security, among others, saying “We are convinced that digital life is an essential part of being human.”

American Movil floats new freemium service in LatAm, Claro Video Básico
LatAM, OTT
American Movil floats new freemium service in LatAm, Claro Video Básico
Sep 21 2016 10:30 AM

Operator American Movil is trolling for new customers in Latin America, rolling out a free streaming service called Claro Video Básico in a number of markets.

The service, on the same website as its SVOD and TVOD offerings, has a very limited catalog of some 500 titles, including content for kids, movies, short films and documentaries and sports. It does include Claro Video’s original productions La Hermandad and El Torito.

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