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DAZN may buy Fox Sports Brazil; Netflix to raise fees in Mexico, Brazil

In this Latin America video spotlight, S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a monthly rundown of over-the-top and other video initiatives in Latin American territories.

TOP NEWS

* Sports streaming service DAZN, which is set to launch in Brazil by the end of March, may buy Fox Sports in the country, NexTV News Latin America reported March 20, citing Brazilian journalists. While approving the merger between 21st Century Fox Inc. and Walt Disney Co., the Economic Defense Administrative Council had ordered Fox to sell all its sports networks in Brazil to avoid market concentration in this area. The Perform Group Ltd. unit already owns the rights to broadcast several sporting events, including the South American Cup, League One and the Serie A until 2021.

* Netflix Inc. increased its subscription fee in Mexico by about 13% to 18%, effective March 14, Telecompaper reported March 18. In addition, the streaming giant will also raise its subscription fees in Brazil by approximately 10.05% to 21.1%, according to a March 15 Telecompaper report, citing Brasil Economico.

OTHER NEWS

* Mexico's Ultravisión introduced its pay TV service through over-the-top in the cities of Puebla and Atlixco through Nagra Kudelski Group's Conax Go live platform, NexTV News Latin America reported March 20.

* Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in Argentina and Uruguay, NexTV News Africa reported March 14. YouTube Premium is already available in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

* Telefónica México SA de CV's Movistar Play will be available in Mexico on March 21, NexTV News Africa reported March 11. The Telefónica SA unit will include original series in its catalog, as well as access to Netflix.

* MediaKind joined forces with Telefônica Brasil to enhance the user experience for more than 350,000 VIVO Fibra subscribers through the integration of the Netflix streaming service into the MediaKind Mediaroom platform's interactive menu system, Advanced Television reported March 11. The integration would allow VIVO to provide access to Netflix through the VIVO Fibra interactive portal.

* Mexican operator Izzi Telecom has begun offering Netflix through its Izzi TV platform, Telecompaper reported March 4. Subscribers will have to subscribe to the streaming platform separately, but the Grupo Televisa SAB unit will provide Netflix access through its set-top boxes.

* VIVO added Apple Inc.'s Apple TV 4K 64GB to its portfolio in a move to diversify its product offering, Telecompaper reported March 1.

* Uruguayan Cinema and Audiovisual Institute has teamed up with telco Antel for the development of Vera + and Vera TV platforms, NexTV News Africa reported March 1. Antel will provide the infrastructure for the OTT platform, which is anticipated in the coming weeks.

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