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A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

US/US-HISPANIC

Video ad serving platform SpotX today announced a new header bidding suite built specifically for video, featuring a server-side wrapper and an advancement of the company's shift from tag-based integrations. The new suite of solutions complement SpotX’s advanced ad serving tools to execute unified auctions in a more effective and efficient manner than header bidding alone.

T-Mobile is teaming up with Netflix to provide the streaming service’s basic subscription at no extra cost for those who subscribe to T-Mobile One family plans.

According to reports, Facebook is "offering music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars to retain the rights to music featured in videos uploaded by users and page owners" to appease copyright holders.

Video streaming service Roku has filed paperwork Friday to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Amazon has launched Brown Sugar, a subscription-video-on-demand service featuring African-American movies.

Facebook’s Ads Manager is apparently inflating the numbers regarding the reach that ads can have on the platform, claiming that ads can reach a potential of 41 million 18- to 24-year olds and 60 million 25- to 34-year olds in the United States, whereas US census data shows that last year there were a total of 31 million people between the ages of 18 and 24, and 45 million in the 25-34 age group, the analyst said.

Google is allowing the public and developers to test a feature through which users can mute the sound on video ads through experimental browser Chrome Canary.

Streamroot, pioneer in distributed over-the-top (OTT) video delivery solutions, announced that the company has secured an additional $3.2 million in funding, bringing the company's total financing to $6 million. Contributions in this round came from premier international firms including Partech Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Verizon Ventures and R/GA.

San Francisco ad tech firm RhythmOne has acquired online video advertising and targeting firm YuMe for a total consideration of approximately $185m. The transaction is expected to close by Q1 2018.

LATAM MARKET

From 2016 to 2017, ad spend on online video increased by 200% in Mexico, and small and medium-sized businesses represent 25% of that ad spend, according to a study by DynAdmic.

HubSpot's The State of Inbound report revealed that 58% of LatAm businesses are investing in Facebook video ads, compared to 50% in 2016.

According to Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Observatorio Web, Google results for the word "Jew" come up with more antisemitic results in Spanish than in English, and 484 Spanish-language videos denying the Holocaust have received nearly 1.7 million views collectively during 2016 alone.

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Gretchen Gardner @gardnergretchen

Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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