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.

U.S./U.S. Hispanic Market

According to research by Nielsen, 32% of global respondents (and 22% of respondents in the U.S. and Canada) plan to cancel traditional TV subscriptions for online services. The survey involved 30,000 people in 61 countries.

And another Nielsen survey found that 66% of global respondents were seeing ads on their VOD content for products they do not want. 62% say they believe the ads are distracting, and 65% said they wish they could block all ads altogether. But 68% said they were ok with ads, as long as they kept the content free.

study by Ooyala’s Global Video Index revealed that total mobile plays have grown 35% in the past year, and 170% since 2013. The study also found that mobile and tablets account for 26% of all online viewing in the world, up from 24% in 2014. And with the increasing popularity of OTT content, these numbers should continue to rise.

Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue streaming service in the United States after testing it for a year.

Verizon Digital Media Services has acquired video company Volicon in part of its effort to improve its OTT video services. Volicon has set itself apart for its specialization in video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters.

The BBC and ITV are supposedly discussing a joint OTT video service venture. The BBC currently offers online transmission, but this move would take their video efforts to the next level.

fccThe Federal Communications Commission has voiced approval for the $55 billion Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but will likely require conditions that involve efforts to slow down the expansion of online video. Charter promised to follow net neutrality rules for at least three years, and that it will not charge content companies to connect to Charter’s servers.

New trends in online video monetization, measurement, engagement and many more aspects of the emerging OTT market will be explored at the Latin Online Video Forum during PortadaLat in Miami on June 8-9, 2016. Get your tickets at early bird price now!

Latin American Market

New stats from Colombia’s Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC) show that less than three in 100 Colombians use the Internet as their primary video viewing platform. But of those that do consume online video, 76% use YouTube, 14.3% use social media and 9.7% use VOD platforms. Strangely, this data contrasts with the latest report from Ericsson, which claimed that a third of Colombians were using VOD services for TV viewing and that the country is leading in Latin American mobile video penetration.
Market research firm GfK found that Latin American media gfkconsumption on cell phones and tablets is more widespread than that of desktop computers, and that it will soon catch up to TV. The study also found that viewers in the region tend to watch an average of around 20 hours of TV per week and 17 hours of content on mobile and tablets. ESPN had commissioned the study to look at trends in media consumption in Latin America.
2btube, a platform for YouTube creators, is opening Latin American operations. The company tapped Hugo Tapia to serve as country manager in Mexico, where the company will open an office. Tapia will be in charge of producing original content, optimizing revenue streams for the region’s audiences and discovering new creators.
New trends in online video monetization, measurement, engagement and many more aspects of the emerging OTT market will be explored at the Latin Online Video Forum during PortadaLat in Miami on June 8-9, 2016. Get your tickets at early bird price now!

A summary of this week’s most exciting news in online video in the U.S. and Latin America. If you’re trying to stay up-to-date with these constantly-evolving markets, look no further.

This is the first Online Video Round brought to you by Gretchen Gardner, member of Portada’s Editorial Team.


LOOKING FOR U.S. HISPANIC VIDEO TALENT: Latin digital entertainment company FAV! Network, which launched operations in the Americas earlier this year, was one of the main sponsors at StreamCon at New York City’s Jakob Javits Center from October 30 to November 1, featuring a long list of influencers and talent-related executives, some of which target the U.S. Hispanic market.

THE OTHER WAY AROUND FROM OTT TO CABLE! Vice Media and A+E Networks have gotten together to form a cable channel broadcasting lifestyle and documentary content, aimed at Vice’s 18-to-34 demographic. The channel is set to be called Viceland, and is expected to launch early next year, replacing A+E’s H2 channel.vice

OTT STREAMING SERVICE YipTV announced an agreement with Latina lifestyle channel Latin Angels TV, which is to be debuted at the gala opening for Latin Angels’ new Miami studio in the Wynwood Art District. YipTV targets foreign-born Americans, particularly Latinos and broadcasts programming from their home countries that is otherwise unavailable in the U.S. Since its launch in May 2015, it has accumulated almost 100 channels like ¡HOLA! TV, Canal Sur, Canal Tiempo, beIN Sports, AZ Corazón, Caribvision, EuroNews Spanish, Tele Romantica, RCN Novelas, Tele Medellin, Mi Musica, Maya TV and LATAM Sports. Subscription costs $14.99 a month.

YOUTUBE EMBRACES THIRD PARTY VIEWABILITY: On November 3, Google announced that it would allow third-party viewability measurement on YouTube. (Lack of third party viewability measurement is one of the key reasons that Kellogg and other major brands have not been advertising on YouTube so far!) So far, the company has approved Moat, Integral Ad Science, comScore and DoubleVerify to track campaigns as soon as early 2016. Google’s Sanaz Ahari said, “Viewability has long been a focus for us. Built on the foundation of our Active View technology, we launched the ability to buy only viewable impressions on the Google Display Network back in December 2013 and recently completed moving over the last advertiser campaigns from CPMs to viewable CPMs. We’ve worked to ensure viewability rates on YouTube are amongst the industry’s highest. And Active View now works seamlessly across video, display, mobile web and mobile apps (on YouTube and for publishers using DoubleClick for Publishers), and has been adopted by over 80% of advertisers using the DoubleClick platform.”

YOUTUBE PRESENTED ITS PAID ON DEMAND CHANNEL YouTube Red on October 28. Unlike other similar paid channels, YouTube Red will not feature advertising and will allow users to save videos to watch when not connected to the Internet. It will also give users access to music streaming through Google Play Music and YouTube Music. The service costs US $9.99 a month for American residents, and is offering a free month to all new users.

OLYMPUSAT INTRODUCES OTT SERVICE, VEMOX, which serves as an OTT solution targeting the  9.5 million Spanish-language-dominant homes. It will offer 100 live Spanish-language streaming channels, with at least 30 in HD. It will also include an initial 5,000 hours of VOD, with plans to increase that number by 1,000 hours each month. It’s priced at $14.95 per month with no buy-through of English-language channels required, and is available on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire, Samsung and LG devices.Check out our interview with Jesus Oswaldo Pinango, Director of Public Relations at Olympusat.



LEGEND OF GAMING IN BRAZIL: Global premium channel network Endemol Beyond launched another version of its “Legends of Gaming” franchise in Brazil on October 29. The digital series format designed for the U.K. has been viewed 32 million times. This is the first time Endemol Beyond has produced content in Brazil, serving as further indication of the industry’s increasing presence in Latin America.

GLOBO JUMPS ON VOD. Brazilian television network Rede Globo, commonly referred to as Globo, launched its own VOD service, Globo Play, on November 3. Globo Play will be featuring live content and catch-up programming, and users will be able to access Globo’s classic titles and on-demand content across desktop and mobile. In the near future, Globo Play plans on expanding access to connected TV devices.

PLAYSTATION LAUNCHES OFFICIAL SPANISH-LANGUAGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Spanish-language MCN 2btube launched Playstation’s official Spanish-language Youtube channel, Conexion Playstation, with Youtube Spain. Recently, 2b was included in the directory of leading ventures in Spain by InnovaSpain, a Spanish-language innovation site.

PAY-TV CEO’S SPEAK ABOUT THE NEW “NETFLIX WORLD.” The NextTV CEO Summit took place in Miami earlier this week. We found out what the major players in Latin American Pay-TV, including Cablevision CEO Carlos Moltini, President at Verimatrix Steve Oetegenn, President at ETB Colombia Saúl Kattan Cohen and others had to say about the OTT revolution, Nextel’s LatAm expansion, governmental regulations and more.

COMSCORE AND IMS RELEASE VIDEO VIEWERS SURVEY: comScore and the Internet Media Service announced the results of their Digital Video Viewers survey in Latin America on November 4, detailing information about digital video consumption in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru from June to August 2015. The survey looked at trends in digital video consumption, viewer profiles, devices used, time consumed on different platforms and trends in popular types of content. The survey revealed that 85% of digital consumers in Latin America watch digital video content every month, 36% watch videos outside of their home, and 14% while in transit. Smartphones are the most popular devices for watching digital content, and movies, tv series and music are the most popular types of content. Overall, Latin Americans spend 13.2 hours watching digital videos a week.