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 […]

Mexico pay TV now bigger than Brazil, says report

Mexico overtook Brazil to become Latin America’s largest pay TV market in 2016, according to a report. Digital TV Research’s Latin American Pay TV Forecasts study shows Brazil has been losing subscribers since November 2014, while Mexico has benefited from uptake of prepaid satellite TV. However, Brazil will remain the top regional territory by revenues, […]

MCN 2tube launches 2bkids

Multi-channel network 2btube is moving into the children’s content space with the launch of 2bkids. Juan Baixeras will lead 2bkids as general manager. He joins from Zinkia Entertainment, the production company behind pre-school animation brand Zinkia. 2bkids is 2btube’s first move outside the Spanish-speaking markets and will be supported by 2btube’s 60-strong team based in […]

Food Network launches in Mexico with Totalplay

Scripps Networks Interactive channel Food Network has expanded into Mexico with the recent launch on fibre operator Totalplay’s TV platform. The culinary lifestyle channel launched earlier this month in high-definition via Totalplay on channel 226. “Food Network’s launch in Mexico marks a significant milestone for the company as we enter into one of the largest, […]

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 […]

Mexico’s Megacable taps Zenterio for TV transition project

Sweden-based TV operating system provider Zenterio has secured a contract from Mexico’s largest cable operator Megacable to enhance its existing TV platform and build new IPTV and OTT applications. The deal marks a breakthrough for Zentior in the Latin American market. The company’s operating system will run on all new set-top-boxes being deployed and will […]

Cbeebies app launches with Mexico’s Totalplay

BBC Worldwide, the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has secured a deal for its Cbeebies app pre-school kids service with Mexican telecom and pay TV operator Totalplay. The deal will make Spanish-language content specifically for preschoolers, including Zingzillas, Nina y las Neuronas, Charlie y Lola, Sarah y Pato and Baby Jake, available to Totalplay subscribers. The Spanish-language Cbeebies app is […]

Eutelsat 65 West B successfully launched

Eutelsat’s 65 West A satellite for Brazil and Latin America has been successfully launched on board an Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana. Following performance tests, Eutelsat 65 West A will enter full commercial service at the 65° West slot in early May. The satellite has Ku-band, C-band and Ka-band capacity, with a Ku-band […]

Televisa creates Netflix SVoD rival

Mexican broadcaster Televisa has launched an SVoD service, Blim, which will go head-to-head with Netflix in Latin America. The service debuted yesterday with exclusive, first-run programming such as James Bond movie Spectre and US series such as Wayward Pines. It will also include a large volume of Televisa library programming. The plan is to create […]

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 […]