Brazil


Telefónica claims success for originals strategy as TV base grows

Telefónica has claimed success for its original content strategy in its full-year results, with strong growth of its TV platform in Spain and a ratings success for flagship drama series La Peste. Telefónica’s video revenues grew by 7% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and by 5.8% for the full year on the back of […]

TV2U, SOL Telecom and CCS TV launch Brazilian OTT service

TV2U has launched a Brazilian over-the-top service in partnership with local telecoms provider SOL Telecom and cable TV company CCS TV. The OTT offering will initially have more than 100 live channels but in time will expand to more than 250 live channels and a collection of on-demand movies and TV series. It is initially […]

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 […]

Russian group pitches case for international BRICS TV channel

The BRICS Business Council, a sub-group of the BRICS leaders summit currently taking place in China, has expressed support for a Russian proposal to launch a new international TV channel dedicated to life and development in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to the initiative’s backers. Russian […]

Globosat buys into Vice Brazil in expansion push

Vice Media and Globosat will partner to expand the Vice brand’s local presence across online, mobile and linear in Brazil. Under the agreement, Globosat will take a significant minority stake in Vice Brazil, and see Vice grow its portfolio of youth focused digital channels and library of original video content. The partnership between Vice and […]

Vivendi launches WatchMusic mobile SVOD

Vivendi is launching WatchMusic, a subscription on-demand music video service in Brazil, with further international launches to follow. The new service is being launched by Watchever, the brand Vivendi used for its soon-to-close German SVOD service. It will allow subs to watch music videos, live performances, music doc and other music themed programming via an […]

SES sees record uptake for Rio Olympic Games

Satellite operator SES has seen record uptake of its satellite capacity for the Rio Olympics as compared to previous Games. The operator said that a total of 23,000 hours of capacity has been booked on four SES satellites — NSS-806, SES-4, NSS-7 and SES-3 – enabling broadcasts of coverage in the Americas, Europe, Asia and […]

Akamai highlights record-breaking Rio video traffic volumes

CDN provider Akamai says video traffic from the Rio Olympic Games on its network has now exceeded that from the entire London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics combined. “Akamai delivered more video data in the first eight days of Rio than it did for all 34 days of London and Sochi combined,” the company said. […]

Netflix hit by Olympics viewing

Netflix has taken a hit as US viewers opt for the Olympics over Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and other content on the streaming service. Tech firm Procera measures traffic to Netflix and noted a 10% drop over the course of the opening weekend of the Games, currently being held in Brazil, which […]

BBC to offer virtual reality coverage of Olympics

The BBC is to offer up to 100 hours of live and on-demand virtual reality coverage of the Rio Olympic Games via its BBC Sport 360 app. Users of the service will need to download the standalone app and purchase a virtual reality viewer. The BBC said it would make 100 hours of VR content […]

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