LatAm Market Briefing 2013 - Page 12

LatAm_latam 12/07/2013 17:57 Page 8 Sundance Channel for DirecTV Latin America MC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks has agreed a deal with DirecTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel in September. The channel will be available for the first time in seven Latin American countries, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. DirecTV will also launch a separate Portuguese language channel for DirecTV subscribers in Brazil at a later date. Following its launch on DirecTV Latin America’s platform, Sundance Channel will be made available for distribution to pay-TV operators across the region. Robert Redford, founder of Sundance Channel, said it had long been his hope to see Sundance Channel expand globally to share the compelling stories of independent filmmakers and artists as widely as possible. “Bringing Sundance Channel to Latin America builds on this vision,” he declared. Sundance Channel will be a Spanish lan- A guage 24/7 linear network featuring first run original drama and other iconic programming, award-winning and locally appealing independent films and documentaries. It will be available to DirecTV subscribers on the Oro package, one of the operator’s most widely distributed tiers. Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, said the “landmark” partnership was an important part of its global expansion strategy. “We are thrilled to partner with DirecTV, Latin America’s leading pay-TV platform, and we look forward to offering audiences fresh, iconic content ranging from the best of independent cinema to high-quality original narrative series.” “This partnership aligns with our strategy to deliver the best movie offering along with our goal to promote local original productions. I’m sure our subscribers will enjoy being the first to watch this channel,” added Rick Nerod, Senior Vice President of Programming for DirecTV Latin America. The news followed rapid distribution growth for Sundance Channel across Europe and Asia over the past few months. This includes new network launches in Belgium, France, Poland and the Philippines. Ed Palluth, EVP Distribution, AMC/Sundance Channel Global, will oversee the channel’s further distribution throughout Latin America. Sundance Channel will be made available to pay-TV operators as a standard and high definition television channel, video-ondemand (VOD) service and via mobile and online authenticated streaming. Ovum: Telcos must compete less and collaborate more Innovation is critical to telco survival, finds Ovum. Yet many operators miss the big picture, exaggerate the threat from OTT players, and misunderstand the broader benefits of innovation. New research from the analyst firm examined more than 3,500 new service launches since 2009, finding that telcos must compete less and collaborate more. When comparing telcos’ efforts with Apple and Google’s approach to the app ecosystem, it is obvious why they never managed to gain a foothold in the ??????=???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????%??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????q9??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????()????????????????!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????t?????????=???????????????????????????????=???e?%??????? ?????????????? ?????????????????q???????????????????????????????????????????????????5????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????t???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????()????????????????????????????????=???????????????????????????????????????q???????????????????t??L????????????????????q???????????t???q????????????t???????q?????????????????????t??L???????????????????????????????????????????Q??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????q ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????t?????????=?????()1Q4? ?????????((0