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.
*Grupo Televisa SAB's over-the-topplatform blim snaggedover 200 hours of BritishBroadcasting Corp. content under a content deal with , Rapid TVNews reported March 22. The recently launched blim will now add shows such as "DoctorWho," "Generation Earth," "Top Gear," "Misfits"and "Wild South America" to its content library. Blim can be accessedvia iOS and Android apps.
*Chilean broadcaster Television Nacional, or TVN, will debut its over-the-topplatform TVN Play by late April, NexTV News Latin America reportedApril 4, citing BioBioChile.cl. TVN Play will reportedly feature live feedsfrom channels such as TV Chile and 24 Horas, along with around 1,000 hours ofon-demand content. The OTT platform, which has been in development sincemid-2015, is aimed at Chileans abroad or on vacation who don't have access to linearchannels, according to the report.
*Telefónica SAlaunched its MovistarPlay over-the-top platform in Costa Rica, Telecompaper reported March 31,citing El Financiero. Movistar Playwill reportedly be integrated with most postpaid packages, while a prepaidoption will also be offered.
*Argentinian broadcaster Telefe, operated by Telefónica Argentina a multichannel networkinitially comprised of 50 different YouTube channels, Rapid TV News reportedMarch 19. Called UPlay, the YouTube MCN will feature various online talentsselected via talent show Desafio Uplay, which aired on Telefe's UPlay Ya NadaSerá Igual programming slot. Telefe will also reportedly help provide studios,production facilities, marketing and legal aid to content creators. unit owns YouTube.
*Roku Inc. willintegrate GrupoTelevisa's over-the-top service blim to its Mexican platform and introduce itsown smart TVs, NexTV News Latin America reported March 18, citing El Universal. The company's LatinAmerican presence is currently limited to Mexico, where its sells the Rokustick device for $75, the Roku 1 set-top box for $75 and the Roku 2 set-top boxfor $104. Roku will reportedly launch the smart TVs in mid-2016.
*Telefónica debutedMovistar Play in Guatemala and El Salvador, Rapid TV News reported March 17.The operator has yet to detail its local rollout strategy, only that theservice allows access to 3,000 video-on-demand titles, similar to otherterritories.
*Telecom Argentina wants to launchpay-TV services in Argentina, Telecompaper reported March 17, citing Cronista. David Martinez, the company'snew owner, reportedly wants to focus investment on a new fixed network to beable to offer triple-play services to its more than 19 million customers. Lawsin Argentina currently prohibit telcos from offering cable TV services for atleast the next two years, according to the report.
*Movistar Play launchedin Uruguay, NexTV News Latin America reported March 14, citing El Pais. The service reportedly costs$6.2 per month, available for a one-month free trial.
*Grupo Televisa will stopoffering its programs on NetflixInc. during the last quarter of 2016, as it ramps up content on itsrecently launched video-on-demand platform blim, Telecompaper reported March13, citing blim director general Carlos Sandoval's interview in Forbes México. Blim, which currentlyfeatures more than 13,000 hours of content, aims to increase its offering toover 20,000 hours by the end of 2016, and debut 15 new TV series every year,according to the report.