Business consortium looking to acquire majority in Telefónica LatAm

A group of Latin American businessmen from multiple countries have banded together to present a plan to acquire a majority stake in Telefónica’s Latin American operation outside Brazil, according to a report in Spanish daily El Mundo. According to the report, the consortium of businessmen has made a tentative offer to acquire a 51% stake […]

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 […]

RTVC takes on Netflix with Play

Colombian pubcaster RTVC has launched Play, an on-demand service offering free access to a raft of content across different genres. The RTVC Play streaming service, which will compete with paid-for competition from Netflix, can be accessed directly via the RTVC site, or via dedicated Apple and Android apps. The content on the service can also […]

Hispasat posts solid results

Satellite operator Hispasat has posted strong full-year results, driven by growth in Latin America. The Spain-based operator posted revenues of €219.6 million for the year, up 8.7%, and EBITDA of €178.9 million, up 10.6%, with an operating margin of 81.5%. Hispasat invested €245 million in 2015, up 56.5%, with money going towards its AG1, Amazonas […]

Arris-Pace deal gets Colombian clearance

Arris’ planned US$2.1 billion (€1.95 billion) takeover of Pace has received unconditional merger clearance from The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce in Colombia. This deal has already received pre-conditional clearance in Germany, South Africa, and Portugal, but is yet to pass antitrust clearance in the US and also needs to meet merger control requirements in Brazil. Last month Arris said […]

Eutelsat’s Alterna’TV launches channel in Colombia

A new wellness and well-being cable channel has launched on Colombian pay TV platform Movistar. already is already distributed on other platforms in Latin America after its parent, Alterna’TV, closed deals, and is now on the Telefónica-owned Spanish-speaking operator Movistar. Alterna’TV, which is a subsidiary of telecoms company Eutelsat Americas, launched last October. […]