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LatAm video spotlight: Movistar Play makes Panamanian debut

In this monthly feature, SNLKagan provides a roundup of news related to over-the-top, video-on-demand andother online video initiatives in different Latin American markets.

TOP STORY

*Telefónica SAdebuted its MovistarPlay over-the-top platform in Panama, following similar launches in Costa Rica,Guatemala, El Salvador and Uruguay earlier this year, Rapid TV News reportedApril 26. The OTT platform offers video-on-demand content as well as livebroadcasting for mobile and connected devices. The company will roll outMovistar Play next in Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

OTHER NEWS

*21st Century Fox Inc.'sFOX Sports channel in Brazil has introduceda new paid mobile app that allows access to soccer games of the LibertadoresCup, NexTV News Latin America reported April 26. The service reportedly costs$40, which will allow access to the next second round, quarterfinals,semifinals and finals of the soccer tournament. A subscription to any packagesfrom pay TV operators is not required to access the service, according to thereport.

*Brazilian online platform EnterPlay strucka deal with Fox Networks Group Brasil, to offer a new bundled package withaccess to Fox content, Telecompaper reported April 26. Dubbed Web TV+, theoffer reportedly consists of FOX Play video-on-demand service, 13 web TV channelsand Fox+ channels FOX1 and FOX Action. EnterPlay is offering the package at19.90 Brazilian reals for the first month, for users signing up by May 11, and46.60 reals for the next six months. The regular rate of 51.90 reals a monthwill be implemented after this period, according to the report.

*Movistar Chile is ramping upits pay TV offer with seven new channels, Telecompaper reported April 26. HDchannels Animal Planet HD, TBS HD and MTV HD will reportedly replace AMC HD,Sundance HD and Mas Chic. Likewise, SD channels Discovery Turbo, Golden, NatGeoWild and Golden Edge will replace AMC, Europa Europa, El Gourmet and Film &Arts in the operator's basic tier, according to the report.

*Film and TV streaming search engine JustWatch its video-on-demand platformin Mexico, Rapid TV News reported April 23. JustWatch allows users to look forcontent across various video-on-demand providers, such as , 's blim, FilminLatino, MUBI and Apple Inc.'siTunes. The platform is also present in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Ireland,South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France and Germany, according tothe report.

*SPI International Inc.is launching itsUltra HD channel FunBox 4K/UHD in North and South America, Broadband TV Newsreported April 14. The company will reportedly also launch over 12 thematicchannels in the Americas. Moreover, its channels will also launch in theCaribbean with two operators in Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti. SPI will alsolaunch nine FilmBox channels in Brazil as it has received the formal approvalof Ancine, a Brazilian regulator. The company is also in talks with moreplatforms in South America to add its channels to their premium lineup.

*Millicom International CellularSA's Tigo Star launchedits TV Everywhere video-on-demand service Tigo Play in Guatemala, Rapid TV Newsreported April 13. Via the service, Tigo customers will reportedly be able towatch live and on demand content from TimeWarner Inc.'s HBO and HBO GO, 21st Century Fox Inc.'s FOX, FOXSports and FOX Life, and AXN, among others. Tigo Play is not available as a stand-aloneoffering, yet Tigo subscribers will be able to access it free of charge,according to the report.

*Telefónica will offerMediapro's Canal F1 Latin America for its Movistar TV subscribers in Chile,Colombia and Venezuela, Rapid TV News reported April 9. Canal F1 Latin Americawill be offered in HD, featuring the GP2, GP3, Porsche Super Cup and all theGrand Prix races, 11 of which are exclusive for the channel. The channelpreviously launched on Chile's VTR and Argentina's Cablevisión.

*Peruvian broadcaster America TV launchedits news TV app called America Noticias, powered by Israeli startupApplicaster, according to an April 8 news release. America Noticias providesnews content in the form of video articles, photos, videos and articles. Theapp also allows users to personalize content based on their preferences.