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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.


* Telefónica SA unit Telefónica México added Televisa's streaming service Blim to its mobile offers, Telecompaper reported April 3, citing Xataka Movil. Movistar Vas a Volar subscribers with plans worth above 749 Mexican pesos a month will be able to access Blim free, while other Movistar subscribers will have to pay 99 pesos a month to use the service.

* 21st Century Fox Inc. and Time Warner Inc. unit Turner Broadcasting System Inc. are planning a new streaming platform offering matches from the Argentinian soccer league, NexTV News International reported March 17, citing an unnamed source mentioned by La Nación. Subscription to the planned service is reportedly pegged at 600 Argentine pesos.


* Argentina's Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales unified its video and entertainment portfolio under the new CINE.AR brand, Rapid TV News reported April 4. INCAA's Odeon service will now have a transactional VOD feature called CINE.AR Estrenos, containing the latest local productions. Odeon will continue to operate free VOD service CINE.AR Play, while digital linear network INCAA TV has been renamed CINE.AR TV. Meanwhile, a new initiative called CINE.AR Sala pertains to a network of theaters intended as a new platform for producers to exhibit their work.

* The Supreme Court of Bogota allowed Colombian pay TV platforms to air the HD versions of free-to-air channels Caracol TV and RCN for free, reversing an earlier ruling by regulator Superintedencia de Industria y Comercio, Rapid TV News reported April 4.

* Sao Paulo and 38 other Brazilian municipalities switched off their respective analog TV signals, as the country shifts towards digital, NexTV News International reported March 29.

* Mexico's Megacable added Canal F1 Latin America to its pay TV portfolio, available in both standard and high definition at channels 311 and 1311, respectively, NexTV News International reported March 29. The channel features live coverage of the motorsport in Spanish, along with interviews and backstage access.

* Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.'s Food Network launched an app in Brazil focusing on recipes by chefs such as Pedro Benoliel and Luiza Hoffmann, NexTV News International reported March 23. The app also features channel programming, among others.

* Grupo Televisa SAB struck a deal to acquire 50% of Mexican news site for an undisclosed sum, as the broadcaster intends to grow its online presence, NexTV News International reported March 20. Following the deal, the companies will jointly develop games, apps and news sites.