Brazil


Brazil’s Città Telecom taps SmartLabs for OTT offering

Brazilian ISP Città Telecom has chosen technology from SmartLabs for its OTT service and mobile applications. The solution will be used by the company’s set top box customers and mobile users. SmartLabs said that Città Telecom chose it after extensive technical testing and the installation is set to be completed this month. SmartLabs said that […]

Russia’s RSCC enters Brazilian market with Romantis Brazil

Russian satellite operator RSCC has entered the Brazilian market through a partnership with service provider Romantis Brazil. The pair have started broadcasting the TV Difusora channel in the state of Maranhao in northeastern Brazil. In the urban and rural areas of the state with a population of over three million, television broadcasting is delivered via […]

Telefónica sees OTT growth offset pay TV decline

Telefónica’s TV base continued to grow in the third quarter thanked to the continued success of its OTT offerings, with its traditional cable and IPTV subscriber numbers declining. Overall, the international telco had 8.14 million pay TV customers at the end of the quarter, down 5.4% year-on-year, with a decline from 8.243 million in the […]

Watch Brasil taps Accedo for SVOD

Brazilian video-on-demand outfit Watch Brasil has tapped technology company Accedo to build, launch, and support its SVOD service. The video service is available to Watch Brasil’s Internet Service Provider clients in Brazil, enabling them to deliver video content to their customers across the region including to TVs. Watch Brasil offers subscribers a mix of content, […]

Roku launches first streaming stick for Brazil

US streaming device maker Roku has announced the launch of Roku Express in Brazil, its first for the market. Starting at BR$349.90 (€55.84), the company promises that it will turn “most traditional TVs into a better smart TV”. As per Roku’s other products, the streamlined streaming stick will connect to TVs via HDMI and offer […]

Brazilian DTH service BluTV launches on Eutelsat

Uberlândia, Minas Gerais-based Brazilian pay TV outfit 1Sat Telecomunicaçoes has launched a new DTH service, BluTV, dedicated to the Brazilian market, using capacity on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. BluTV’s basic offer will include over 100 Brazilian and international channels spanning films, series, sports, lifestyle, culture and news, broadcast in a mix of standard […]

Telefónica sees pay TV fall and OTT rise as it commits to full fibre coverage

Telefónica has posted Q2 numbers that saw its global pay TV base decline by 6% year-on-year to 8.243 million. The telco did however grow its OTT TV base, up 26% year-on-year to 1.4 million. Telefónica has meanwhile committed to 100% fibre network coverage of Spain by 2025.The commitment was made as part of a new […]

Netflix ‘Gay Jesus’ comedy ban overturned in Brazil

The Brazilian Supreme Court has overruled a Rio de Janeiro judge who ordered Netflix to take down The First Temptation of Christ – a controversial comedy that depicts Jesus as gay. The Brazilian Christmas special sparked outrage in the largely conservatively Christian nation, with more than two million people signing a petition calling for its […]

Starzplay launches as standalone service in UK, France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico

Lionsgate-backed cable channel Starz is rolling out a direct-to-consumer app in five countries, including the UK and France. The Starzplay app is also launching in Brazil, Germany and Mexico, and plans are in place to launch in 20 additional countries next year. To date, Starzplay has found distribution via platforms such as Apple TV and […]

Brazil drops 1.25 million pay TV subs YOY

Brazil has seen a steep decline of 1.23 million pay TV subscribers year-over-year. As collated by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel), the country’s pay TV subscriber base ended June with 16.71 million, down 528,000 from Q1. All distribution technologies took a hit in Q1, with DTH subscriptions affected the most. DTH subscribers dropped by […]

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