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What: NBCUniversal/Telemundo and América Móvil jointly submitted today to the Mexican Football Federation bids for the Mexico National Team media rights, one for the United States, and the other for the rest of the world, for two World Cup cycles.
Why it matters: Currently, Mexico National Football Team broadcasting rights for matches played in Canada, Mexico and the U.S are held by Univision (Spanish) and Fox Sports (English). Matches played in Central America and the Caribbean are broadcasted by Telemundo (Spanish) and beIN Sports (English).

The two companies joined in a strategic and commercial alliance that allows them to present an offer that will provide substantial value to Mexican soccer. The bids include rights to all men’s and women’s Mexico National Team divisions.

The proposal submitted for the U.S. market includes the rights across all media platforms, while the other includes global digital media rights, excluding the U.S.

The proposal submitted for the U.S. market includes the rights across all media platforms, while the other includes global digital media rights, excluding the U.S.

The bid is in addition to the revenues that the Mexican Football Federation could receive from the licensing of media rights on other platforms in the rest of the world, such as broadcast and cable television.

Image result for america movil logo“We are committed to continue expanding our world-class sports portfolio, in addition to our exclusive U.S. Spanish-language television rights to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. We look forward to leveraging the extensive expertise of NBCUniversal and Telemundo Deportes to bring the Mexico National team to a level never seen before in the U.S. Hispanic market,” said in a statement Marcos Santana, President, Telemundo International.

We are committed to continue expanding our world-class sports portfolio, in addition to our exclusive U.S. Spanish-language television rights to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Arturo Elias Ayub, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Content for América Móvil, that the announcement of the media rights bid brings transparency and certainty to a process that is of interest to the general public, as it involves the Mexico National Team.

 

 

What: Carlos Slim is planning to launch a 100% Mexican channel aimed at Mexican audiences in the United States, in late 2017. Nuestra Vision will be launched by Slim’s latAm cell-phone company America Movil’s unit Publicidad y Contenido Editorial to target 35 million Mexican-Americans, the largest segment of the U.S. Hispanic audience.
Why it matters:  Mexican Americans amount to 70% of the Hispanic population and continue to be a key audience segment. Slim’s America Movil (Publicidad y Contenido Editorial) could become a significant competitor to Univision (of which Mexican Televisa is a substantial competitor) and NBC’s Telemundo. Azteca America is another player in the Mexican-American TV market.

Telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim is planning  to launch a 100% Mexican channel aimed at Mexican audiences in the United States, in late 2017.

The channel, dubbed Nuestra Vision (“Our Vision” in English), will be positioned as a direct competitor of well-known hispanic broadcasters such as Univision and Telemundo. Univision, which reaches  97% of Hispanic households in the U.S., announced that it would expand its relationship with Mexican media company Televisa this week.

Nuestra Vision will be launched by the America Movil unit Publicidad y Contenido Editorial. América Móvil, the largest cellular phone company in Latin America, is owned by Slim and run by CEO Victor Herrera and VP Stephano Herrera.

“Nuestra Visión is focussed on Mexicans, made by Mexicans and transmitted from Mexico,” said the narrator in a promotional video.

Nuestra Visión will air news, movies, sports highlights and will aim to be “100%” Mexican and in support of Mexico’s heritage. Through this content, the company is planning target 35 million Mexican-Americans, the largest segment of the U.S. Hispanic audience.

“Because we know their preferences, customs, entertainment and communication needs, we are able to provide customized and authentic content,” CEO Víctor Herrera said in a statement.

The channel, which will be transmitted from Mexico, is “currently open to broadcast as a DTT [Digital terrestrial television] affiliates across the U.S. interested in joining them to reshape the landscape of Hispanic media,” stated a company spokesperson.

The channel will launch in a year of great tension between the U.S. and Mexico triggered by the new president Trump. Slim had suggested the candidate’s economic policies could “destroy” the United States, while Trump accused Slim of orchestrating unfavorable coverage of his candidacy.

For the moment, the company wont reveal further details on its affiliates and distribution plans.

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What: Brazilian cable TV operator Net Serviços will incorporate three subsidiaries, so as to simplify its corporate structure.
Why is it important: This comes from a larger strategy that involves a structural merger.

As reported by sources such as Telecompaper and TeleGeography, Brazilian cable TV operator Net Serviços de Comunicação, which is headquartered in São Paulo and is renowned as the largest cable television operator in Latin America (and part of the Mexico-based America Movil group), has announced that it will incorporate three subsidiaries –Net Brasilia, Net Rio and Jacarei Cabo. The merger will not change the capital of Net Serviços de Comunicação, which now holds 100 percent of the shares of the three companies.

This strategic move is part of a group-wide strategy to simplify the company holding structure and improve efficiency. In April 2013 America Movil revealed plans to merge its fixed and mobile telecoms and cable TV operations in Brazil, attempting to reduce its overall operational costs. Under such plan, AM will amalgamate Embratel Participaçoes, Claro-branded mobile unit Telecom Americas and Net Serviços.

The three AM units are currently evaluating options for a structural merger.

shazamShazam, a media engagement company, announced that America Movil, Carlos Slim’s telecommunications carrier in the Americas has invested $40 million in Shazam.

The companies have formalized a strategic business collaboration for the Americas. The investment will help accelerate Shazam’s ongoing growth in music, continued expansion into television and the development of innovative new products. Carlos Slim said:

Shazam is defining a new category of media engagement which combines the power of mobile with traditional broadcast media and advertising to create compelling value added experiences for consumers, content providers and brands.

“We are delighted to welcome America Movil as an investor in Shazam as we execute on our mission to enable people to engage with content and brands in the easiest way possible whether they are interacting with television, music or in retail environments.” said Shazam Executive Chairman, Andrew Fisher.  “This investment will help support our continued expansion as we seek to become an increasingly important part of people’s everyday lives. With over 350 million users we are excited to be partnering with America Movil to further accelerate our growth throughout the Americas.”

Since its last round of funding in 2011, Shazam has achieved growth and expanded its service from music into television and advertising with the following results:

  • The user base has more than doubled to 350 million people around the globe
  • The number of monthly active users has tripled to over 70 million as people increasingly use Shazam on their mobile device to have a deeper experience of music, TV and advertising
  • Sustained growth of more than two million new users each week.
  • Sales of digital goods are now over $300 million a year through affiliate partners like iTunes, a figure that is doubling annually.

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“Shazam’s expansion into television has moved the company into an entirely new phase of growth with interactive advertising generating new sources of revenue and partnerships with broadcasters encouraging a broader group of people to use Shazam more frequently.”  said Shazam CEO Rich Riley.  “We look forward to working with America Movil to launch these services in the region as we seek to increase our ubiquity throughout the world.”

In the last year, Shazam has updated the design and increased the speed of its app for iOS and Android.  Plus, earlier this month, Shazam launched a new app for iPad which included a new feature, Auto-Tagging, which helps people constantly recognize and engage with any media playing around them, automatically.

Shazam’s expansion into television has moved the company into an entirely new phase of growth with interactive advertising generating new sources of revenue and partnerships with broadcasters encouraging a broader group of people to use Shazam more frequently. Music and TV play a very important role in the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. The America Movil funding and partnership will enable Shazam to expand into both these markets.

shazamShazam, a media engagement company, announced that America Movil, Carlos Slim’s telecommunications carrier in the Americas has invested $40 million in Shazam.

The companies have formalized a strategic business collaboration for the Americas. The investment will help accelerate Shazam’s ongoing growth in music, continued expansion into television and the development of innovative new products. Carlos Slim said:

Shazam is defining a new category of media engagement which combines the power of mobile with traditional broadcast media and advertising to create compelling value added experiences for consumers, content providers and brands.

“We are delighted to welcome America Movil as an investor in Shazam as we execute on our mission to enable people to engage with content and brands in the easiest way possible whether they are interacting with television, music or in retail environments.” said Shazam Executive Chairman, Andrew Fisher. “This investment will help support our continued expansion as we seek to become an increasingly important part of people’s everyday lives. With over 350 million users we are excited to be partnering with America Movil to further accelerate our growth throughout the Americas.”

Since its last round of funding in 2011, Shazam has achieved growth and expanded its service from music into television and advertising with the following results:

  • The user base has more than doubled to 350 million people around the globe
  • The number of monthly active users has tripled to over 70 million as people increasingly use Shazam on their mobile device to have a deeper experience of music, TV and advertising
  • Sustained growth of more than two million new users each week.
  • Sales of digital goods are now over $300 million a year through affiliate partners like iTunes, a figure that is doubling annually.

Shazam-Infographic-February-2013_final
“Shazam’s expansion into television has moved the company into an entirely new phase of growth with interactive advertising generating new sources of revenue and partnerships with broadcasters encouraging a broader group of people to use Shazam more frequently.” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley. “We look forward to working with America Movil to launch these services in the region as we seek to increase our ubiquity throughout the world.”

In the last year, Shazam has updated the design and increased the speed of its app for iOS and Android. Plus, earlier this month, Shazam launched a new app for iPad which included a new feature, Auto-Tagging, which helps people constantly recognize and engage with any media playing around them, automatically.

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Movistar México (owned by Spanish telco Telefónica) is looking at entering new business segments and reorienting its investments in the country as a result of the telecoms reform which was recently signed into law by President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to BNAmericas.

The telco’s investment plan will definitely be modified, but the operator will wait and see what measures the new telecoms regulator Ifetel will implement, the executive president of Telefónica México, Francisco Gil, said in an interview with local publication Milenio.

Telefónica will reorient its investments to other areas, depending on the options that open up as a result of the reforms

Telefónica invested 427mn euros in Mexico during 2012, down 9.4% from the 471mn euros the previous year. Telefónica has a license to operate satellite TV services in Mexico, but has never initiated commercial TV services. The operator has been present in Mexico since 1998, but only operates wireless services.

According to BNAmericas, Movistar saw revenues of 388mn euros (US$517mn) in the country in Q1, compared to América Móvil’s Mexico revenues of 66.3bn pesos (US$5.23bn). (América Móvil controls around 80% of the mobile market in Mexico).