Latin america

Netflix continues Latin American content push with Fox deal

Expansion into the Southern Hemisphere is proving more costly and time-consuming than Netflix anticipated. But the company has made another significant content investment in the region, bringing 24, Glee, How I Met Your Mother and other Fox TV shows and movies to Latin America.

Netflix to launch service in Latin America

Netflix, the streaming video service based in Los Gatos, California is going to launch its service in 43 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean later this year. subscribers will be able to access Netflix in Spanish, Portuguese, or English

Is Netflix Headed South of the Border?

Ever since Netflix expanded to Canada, speculation has popped up about where it might go next. But on CBS’s earnings call, CEO Les Moonves might have spoiled the surprise, telling investors that the broadcaster is in serious negotiating with Netflix for content rights in Latin America.

Vivendi Launches

European entertainment and telecoms group Vivendi (EPA: VIV) had promised a “cautious approach” to acquisitions in H209 but, despite, that i…

WiMax Forum: WiMax To Cover 800 Million By 2010

The WiMax Forum has issued a press release revealing that WiMax deployments now cover 430 million people globally with nearly 460 WiMax depl…

Mexico Gathers Mobile User Data To Fight Crime

Mexico has passed a law due to be enforced in April which will have mobile phone companies building a database of their clients, complete wi…

Cricket Communications Launches Music Service

Low cost wireless provider Cricket Communications has launched a music store to allow its customers to purchase songs and download them dire…

Whoop Buys XOsphere For Undisclosed Sum

A couple of weeks after saying it raised $2 million in angel funding, Atlanta-based Whoop said it is acquiring the assets of XOsphere, a Cal…

Mobile Music Took Off In Latin America This Year

Digital music had a big year in Latin America in 2007 if Billboard is to be believed. There’s no “overall digital music increased this much”…

Ofcom Finds Global Mobile Growth Surging

Mobile is the lynch pin of the communications sector, driving its growth and accounting for 53 percent of total telecoms revenues, according…

Brazil's Oi To Launch Mobile TV Service

Brazilian telco Oi has announced plans to launch a mobile TV service on November 19 to kick off a series of services for exclusive content a…

Nokia Signs Local Search Deals In Latin America

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has launched local search services in 15 countries across Latin America, making the information accessable from the main d…

GoTV Launches Latin Music Video Channel On AT&T

GoTV has launched a latin music channel, available already on AT&T and with plans to launch on Sprint by late August. It offers original mad…

Venevision To Create Spanish Mini-Telenovelas

Venevision International will produce a couple of mini-telenovelas to distribute both online and through various carriers in the US and LatA…

Earnings: Iusacell Revenues, Losses Increase

Iusacell, the second third largest telco in Mexico, reported its first quarter earnings for the three months ending March 31st. Net income i…

Sprint Targets Hispanics In Second Life

Sprint Nextel has opened a Sprint Center in the MMORPG Second Life, in a bid to promote its services to the Latin community. The virtual Spr…

Warner Music Heads To Central America

Warner Music has opened a WAP portal in Central America. It’s partnering with WapOneline for the service which will appear on the deck of ca…

Warners Made-For-Mobile Videotones

Warner Music Latin America is launching a series of video ringtones, reports Billboard.biz. It’s signed up Sierralta Entertainment Group to…

Spain And Korea To Team For LatAm Mobile TV Push

Telecoms Korea has a story titled “Spain To Adopt Korean Mobile TV Standard”, but it’s behind a subscription wall so I can’t get to the deta…

Digicel Jamaica Launches Mobile TV Over GPRS

Digicel Jamaica has launched a mobile TV service over its GPRS network, according to The Jamaica Observer. Digicel has partnered with Jamaic…

Brazil

Brazil’s mobile market is stuck although mobile penetration stands at just 53.2 percent (penetration in neighboring Argentina and Chile has…

Alltel Launches Mobile TV For Hispanics

Alltel Wireless has launched Axcess TV en Español, a Spanish-language television service which “offers more than a dozen channels that are…

Sprint Targets Hispanics with Mobile Chats

Sprint has launched two Spanish-language chat services as part of its Latino Lounge. “The first of the two offerings is Chat del Mundo from…

Movistar To Launch Mobile Reality Show

Spanish mobile giant Movistar has signed a deal with Endemol to produce a made-for-mobile reality TV show, called Yo Melendi. “For 6 weeks a…

Mobile Content Deals

–Venezuelan company NetPeople “seeks to expand its share of the Latin American mobile content market to 20% from its current 5% over the ne…

Verizon Adds Si TV Channels

Verizon Wireless and Si TV, a network targeting Latinos, have signed a deal to put two new channels on the VCast service — Si TV Comedy and…

Plus SMS Buys Mexican Content Company

New Zealand company Plus SMS has announced that it has bought Content Technology Mexico (CTM) for a combination of “$US1.2 million ($NZ1.8m)…

Movistar Launches Mobile TV service

Cellular News is reporting that Movistar — a subsidiary of spanish giant Telefonica — is planning a mobile TV service in some of its marke…

Titan Announces Another Spanish-Targeting MVNO

RCR News: Titan Global Holdings has announced it plans to extend its prepaid calling card business into an MVNO targeting spanish speakers.…

I-Free Expands Into Brazil

Russian mobile content company i-Free has expanded in Brazil, signing deals to put its content on four carriers: TIM (Brazil), OI (Telemar),…

The Global Issues With Mobile TV Spectrum

Nokia has dismissed the need for a single spectrum band across Europe for mobile TV, and particularly doesn’t like the proposed solution of…

ShotCodes Get First Go Outside Asia

As brought to our attention in one of the comments… Dutch/Swedish company OP3 has signed a deal with Coca Cola to run a ShotCode promotion…

MobiTV To Launch In Brazil, Peru, Ecuador

When MobiTV launced in Mexico it said it was also going to launch in Brazil with Claro. Well, no official announcement has been made but the…

Nokia Enters Mobile Music Partnership In Brazil

Nokia and Brazilian e-commerce website iMusica have signed a deal which puts an icon for iMusica Mobile in the handset menu of Nokia’s N91 p…

Shazam Preloaded On Latin American Motorolas

Motorola has signed up to preload Shazam’s music recognition service onto some of its handsets to be sold in Latin America, under the brand…

Ritmo Tunes Ropes In Latin DJ ProStyle

Hispanic music content company Ritmo Tunes – a subsidiary of DME Interactive Holdings – has acquired rights to prominent hip-hop name DJ Pro…

Fox Signs LatAm Deal

Fox Latin American Channels has signed a content deal with Telefonica Moviles to create “the largest Spanish language interactive television…

Cellular Companies Reaching Out For Hispanics

There’s some interesting facts in this article about US carriers chasing the Hispanic demographic…
–Spanish-focused MVNO Movida reportedl…

IusaTV — Mobile TV In Mexico

I went to the launch of Iusacell’s mobile TV effort in Mexico, IusaTV. The service is free with the 3G unlimited data plan, 173 pesos per mo…

Mobile Content Buyers Prefer To Shop Online

Compete has a report out about where people buy mobile content. More than 45% of “a group of tier-1 wireless carrier content purchasers” sai…

MobiTV Goes With Telcel In Mexico

We’ve received a press release from MobiTV about its intentions in Latin America…apparently they were taken by surprise by Telcel’s mobile…

Mexico Gets Mobile TV (spanish)

This was mooted almost a year ago, but it seems to be finally happening. Iusacell has announced the launch of a 3G mobile TV service with co…

LatAm Mobile Users Up 33%, But No VAS Growth

Latin America was the fastest growing region in terms of mobile phone users, growing 33% in 2005 compared to 2004 (Asia Pacific grew 19%, No…

Captain Cafu Goes Mobile

The thing about sports is there is no perceivable limit to the licenses…case in point. ArenaMobile and MediaRights have signed the rights…

Barrio Mobile Apologises For La Migra Ringtone

Barrio Mobile (or more accurately, parent company Cellfish) has apologised for the controversial “La Migra” ringtone, claiming it was satiri…

Cingular Pulls Offensive Ringtone

Cingular has removed a ringtone from its site after hispanic activists called the product racist — it began with a siren followed by a sout…

MoComment: Brazil And The Mythology Of BRIC

Ed: Our “MoComment” section has guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you’re interested in writing about an issue related to…

Verizon To Sell Latin American Units

New York Business: Verizon Communications has agreed to sell its Caribbean and Latin American telecommunications operations to America Movil…

MyFox Launches In Latin America

Fox Latin American channels has launched a mobile content portal on MyFox.tv aimed at the Latin American market. The portal is initially ava…

@ Contenido Movil: Wrap-Up

The Contenido Movil Americas conference has come to a close and all the attendees I spoke to thought the conference was worthwhile, in fact…

@ Contenido Movil: Russian Mobile Entertainment

I spoke with Alexei Makhov from Russian Mobile Entertainment (RME), a Russian producer of Java games. He sees Latin America as an emerging m…

@ Contenido Movil: Environs

I’ve got to admit, Miami Beach is a nice place for a conference…especially/despite during spring break. From what I saw and heard everyone…

@ Contenido Movil: Brands + Generic = Success

One of the things that is coming out of the Contenido Movil conference is that latinos like brands…and the volume is in basic content such…

@ Contenido Movil: The Price Of Mobile Music

There’s talk about selling full track songs in Latin America, which is kind of complicated by the fact that it’s still such a new service in…

@ Contenido Movil: Ditch The Infomercials

I’ve been talking to people at the Contenido Movil conference and there are some general themes coming to the fore… A conference on the La…

@ Contenido Movil: Adult Content Is Not A Niche

Adult mobile content is often considered the big sleeper of the mobile content market…well, it may be in bed but it’s not sleeping.
One o…

@ Contenido Movil: More On Spodradio

I had a chat with China Saarela, the credit manager of WapOneline, which is exhibiting here at Contenido Movil in Miami. WapOneline is the c…

@ Contenido Movil: WMG Mobile Music Plans

Alfonso Perez-Soto, media director for US latin and Latin America Warner Music gave an indication at Contenido Movil about some future plans…

In Miami

Well, I finally made it to Miami (after missing my flight) so I arrived five hours later than I expected, only to find that I had managed to…

Heading To Miami Tomorrow

Tomorrow I’m heading to Miami to attend the Contenido Movil Americas conference, which I expect to find very interesting. We’ve already had…

Samsung Keen On Mobile TV For Latin America

“Samsung believes television will become the dominant content on Latin American mobile phones in the next two to three years, Samsung produc…

Partnership For Latin American Mobile Music

Wap Oneline USA has partnered with Spodradio to launch mobile radio and mobile podcasting into Latin America.
“Having being working with Mo…

The Rise of the Mobile BRICs

One in three mobile owners reportedly live in Brazil, Russia, India and China, collectively known as BRIC.
“Collectively, the four markets w…

The Million Dollar Mobile Website

Everyone heard about the Million Dollar Website, right? Well, if something works…
There’s a similar version for mobile content now — Pixe…

Playboy TV Lat Am Goes Mobile

Playboy TV Latin America has partnered with Mobile Streams to launch a mobile service of Playboy Lifestyle and adult branded content in Mexi…

Fox Moves To Latin America (spanish)

Fox — using its MyFox.tv site — has plans to sell mobile TV in Mexico and throughout Latin America with the motto “La tv que sigue”, “the…

Telefonica Signs Up THQ And I-Play

Telefonica — the Spanish company in the process of buying UK operator O2 — has signed a deal with THQ Wireless and I-play to sell their mo…

“La Liga” For Mobile Phones

Audiovisual Sports, the worldwide rights holder of the Spanish football league, La Liga (Liga de F

Nokia Offers Free EMI Music

Nokia has teamed up with EMI Music Latin America to bundle free music-loaded memory cards with each Nokia 6230 handset sold in Latin America…

Orange Dominica Gets Skweezed

Orange Dominica has licensed the Skweezer technology from Greenlight Wireless for its Orange World portal, which has 850,000 customers…no…

NetPeople Takes MTV To LatAm

MTV Networks Latin America has signed up NetPeople to be its exclusive partner to deliver interactive programs from MTV, Nickelodeon and Vh1…

India Mobile Gaming To Expand 700% By 2010

Pyramid Research has released its BRIC Mobile Data Adoption Study (BRIC being Brazil, Russia, India and China — which have large population…

Leap Unveils Hispanic Content

US operator Leap has signed up to get spanish-language and latino content from American Greetings through Univision Movil. The new content w…

MLB Goes Latin

MLBAM has entered into a licensing agreement with MobiTV to provide the live Spanish language audio feeds along with English language TV hig…

Latin Fans Ready To Dial Up Ringtones

For a number of reasons Latin music is expected to drive growth in US ringtone sales that are currently dominated by hip-hop and rap artists…

Luciana Salazar Signs With Digital Orchid

Digital Orchid has signed an exclusive mobile distribution deal with Luciana Salazar, “top model and popular celebrity host for the Latin Am…

BlingTones Gets Latin Rythm With BarrioMobile

Blingtones — which launched the first ringtone recording studio at the tail-end of last year — has now launched a sister company, BarrioMo…