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Fox launches VOD on Mexico's Claro Video, bags UFC LatAm rights

In this monthly LatAm video spotlight feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of news related to over-the-top, video-on-demand and other video initiatives in different Latin American markets.

TOP NEWS

* Fox launched its Fox Premium SVOD platform on América Móvil SAB de CV's Claro Video in Mexico, Telecompaper reported May 18. Fox Premium's HD feeds can be accessed either as an add-on to Claro Video's standard pay TV subscription or as a stand-alone service, the latter offered at 139 Mexican pesos per month for the first six months, and 175 pesos per month onwards.

* Fox Networks Group Latin America bagged exclusive multiyear rights to air Ultimate Fighting Championship matches in Latin America, NexTV News International reported May 11. Under terms of the deal, Fox will air more than 160 hours of live content per year, available via FOX Sports and FOX premium app and TV. Grupo Televisa SAB recently dropped carriage of UFC, replacing it with Fighting Sports Network.

* Telefónica SA's Movistar launched its direct-to-home service in Nicaragua, available in both postpaid and prepaid options, NexTV News International reported May 12. Postpaid offers come in an 84-channel package, worth $29.99 plus VAT a month, and a 74-channel package, worth $16.99 plus VAT a month.

OTHER NEWS

* 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox Networks Group Latin America will roll out its NatGeo Kids channel across Latin America on July 1, replacing Mundo Fox, NexTV News International reported May 29, citing Prensario.

* Argentinian newspaper La Nacion's LN+ news channel began airing on the country's digital terrestrial platform, via channel 25.3, NexTV News International reported May 26. LN+ was launched in November 2016, available only via pay TV and online.

* Asotic, Colombia's group of independent operators called on a level playing field for pay TV platforms and over-the-top services, NexTV News International reported May 26, citing El Espectador. The group suggested that companies like Netflix and Amazon should open local offices and co-produce content with local broadcasters. Pay TV operators currently pay between 7.5% and 10% of their gross revenue to the government, whereas internet platforms only pay 2.2%, according to the report.

* Intelsat (Luxembourg) SA and Orange SA's Globecast struck a multiyear deal for the distribution of TRT World's English version to cable outlets in Asia and Latin America, Intelsat announced in a statement. For Latin America, Intelsat will use its Intelsat 21 satellite to broadcast the 24-hour news channel.

* WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp. partnered with content curator The QYOU for its streaming platform WhereverTV Latino, which is expected to roll out with 120 live TV channels, NexTV News International reported May 24. The deal will allow WhereverTV to offer content from The QYOU's platform. The QYOU specializes in millennial content, particularly genre-based series, mobile apps and video-on-demand formats.

* Brazilian telco Nextel partnered with EI Plus, allowing Nextel customers subscribed to PMG plans, or those worth 99 Brazilian reals and up to access the OTT platform for free, NexTV News International reported May 10. EI Plus offers UEFA Champions League matches, regional soccer championships and other sporting events.