Acorn TV launches in Latin America on Roku

Acorn TV, the North American streamer hosting British and international TV, will now become available in twelve Latin American countries through Roku streaming devices. The Latin America launch includes Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. Viewers will be able to subscribe to Acorn via their Roku […]

Telefónica sees convergence drive pay TV uptake

Telefónica saw its global pay TV base grow by 5% year-on-year to reach 8.6 million at the end of the first quarter, with 137,000 net additions in Q1 actually exceeding the Q4 2017 figure of 92,000. Growth in subscriptions was driven by IPTV, which grew by 18%. The quarter saw the launch of Telefónica’s Movistar […]

AT&T reportedly mulling sale of Latin American pay TV operations

AT&T is reportedly mulling a possible sale of its pay TV assets in Latin America to help pay down the debt incurred from its planned acquisition of Time Warner, leading to speculation that Liberty Global or Telefónica could emerge as potential buyers. Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported at the end of last week that AT&T […]

Argentinian operators tap Conax for security

Argentinian pay TV service providers CableVideo and Cosecor have turned to Kudelski Group-owned Conax to provide security services and technology. The regional operators have chosen to adopt technology and services from Conax and regional partner, BOLD MSS, to drive expansion in pay TV and multi-DRM content offerings. CableVideo is migrating its existing security platforms to […]

Mediapro takes eSports strategy to Latin America

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro’s Argentinian arm has produced and is commercialising the rights to one of South America’s main eSports events, the Copa Latinoamérica Sur Clausura as the latest stage of its strategic move into the eSports arena. The event, held in Buenos Airies at the weekend, was transmitted by ESPN+. Mediapro said that its entry […]

Viacom buys Argentina’s Telefe for US$345m

US media giant Viacom has confirmed it is buying Telefe, paying US$345 million for the Argentinian commercial free-to-air broadcaster. The deal has been in the works for months, with Viacom ultimately beating off rivals such as Turner to acquire the Telefónica-owned network. Viacom will pay Telefónica US$345 million in cash for the channel, which is […]

AMC teams with Snapchat to cast Lens on Fear the Walking Dead

AMC Global has teamed up with Snapchat to create an exclusive Fear the Walking Dead zombie-themed ‘Snapchat Lens’ ahead of the launch of second half of season two of the show. A Snapchat Lens allow users of the mobile messaging app to apply filters and animations to their selfie snaps, transforming the images which can […]

Telecom Italia completes sale of Argentinian unit

Telecom Italia has completed the sale of its Argentinian operator, Telecom Argentina, to Fintech. Telecom Italia has completed the sale of its remaining 51% stake in the Argentinian operator for US$550.6 million following approval of the deal by Argentinian regulator Enacom. The total value of the sale of the Argentinian operator was US$960 million, including […]

HBO Now to rival Netflix in Brazil, Argentina

Premium cable network HBO is to launch its over-the-top subscription service in Brazil and Argentina later this year. The launches mean HBO Now will be available in nine territories, including the US and Spain, as it seeks to compete with globally-distributed SVOD rival Netflix. No exact date was put on the Latin American launches, but […]

World Cup final sets German TV viewing record

Yesterday’s football World Cup final, which saw Germany triumph over Argentina, broke German viewing records with 34.65 million tuning into the match on public broadcaster ARD. According to figures released after the game, Germany’s 1-0 victory attracted a domestic audience share of 86.3%. The viewer number beats Germany’s previous TV audience record, set last week […]