What had been announced as one of the most ambitious content mergers in Mexico, North America and Latin America is now a reality. The company Televisa and Univision announced yesterday their merger to become the platform streaming most important Spanish-speaking world. According to a report from dead lineboth companies closed the merger with a value of $4.8 billion dollars.
“The combination of Televisa’s content assets with Univision, the two leading media companies in the two largest Spanish-speaking markets in the world, has created a company with tremendous potential,” said Alfonso de Angoitia, executive chairman of the board. of administration of TelevisaUnivision”. “With our attractive financial profile and track record of innovation, TelevisaUnivision is poised to revolutionize the industry by bringing the most comprehensive Spanish-language content offering to audiences around the world.”.
“Univision and Televisa Complete Transaction to Create ‘TelevisaUnivision,’ the World’s Leading Spanish-Language Content and Media Company”.
Channels and content
This fusion converts Televisa and Univision in the largest library of content and intellectual property in Spanish in the world with a total of 300,000 hours. In the same place we will be able to enjoy the four Televisa transmission channels, the 27 pay television channels, the Videocine movie studio, the Blim TV subscription video-on-demand service and the Televisa trademark will be combined with the assets of Univision in the United States, which includes Univision and UniMás channels, nine Spanish-language cable channels, 59 television stations and 57 radio stations in major US Hispanic markets and its streaming on demand with PrendeTV advertising.
The original contents will not be the exception. One of the first signings to carry out said amendment will be Eugenio Derbezwho will produce exclusive content for the streaming Televisa Univision. Also the singer and actress Selena Gomez will also produce its first series in Spanish for the platform entitled My neighbor, the Cartela documentary series that will tell the story of the murder of Juan Guerrero Chapa, a former lawyer for the Gulf Cartel.
The TelevisaUnivision platform will also offer free video services and premiumand a great original offer of entertainment, sports and news in Spanish.
The merger of Televisa and Univision
In April 2021 it was announced that Televisa and Univision were planning a content merger to interfere as one more offer of that so-called war of streaming. The main mission of those two companies: to start creating original content and attract audiences through content exclusivity. The goal is closer now that the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has given the green light to said merger.
At statement published by the IFT It reads that the constitutional body “resolved to approve the concentration through which Univision Holdings II, Inc. will indirectly acquire the capital stock of Televisa, SA de CV, an economic agent that participates in the business of production, distribution and licensing of audiovisual content in Spanish within Grupo Televisa, SAB».
Among the points of analysis that the IFT took into account to approve this alliance are the production and licensing of programs for restricted channels and for their distribution through platforms streaming.
- Production, provision and licensing of audiovisual content (programs) to aggregators
(programmers) of channels for restricted television and audio service or voice services,
restricted television and audio (STAR);
- Production, provision and licensing of audiovisual content (programs) to providers of the
commercial digital broadcast television service;
- Production, provision and licensing of audiovisual content (programming channels,
packages of channels and programs, which includes movies and series) to service providers of
Internet distribution (over-the-top in English -OTT-) of audiovisual content;
- Provision of the OTT distribution service of audiovisual content supported by advertising, and
- Provision and sale of spaces for commercial messages or advertising through OTT digital service provision systems, including digital platforms, distribution of audiovisual content, and Internet sites associated with channels and programs broadcast on open television and restricted television.
The IFT also assured that «No anti-competitive effects are anticipated from the Transaction on the matching activities of Univision Holdings and Grupo Televisa.«.
Likewise, it was detailed that Televisa will maintain ownership of the telecommunications and broadcasting concessions in the national territory. This includes channels that are programmed by Sky and izzy “and the advertising they have the right to market.”
The infrastructure of Televisa and Univision
Both companies bring together market leadership in the United States and Mexico, reaching 100 million Spanish-speakers every day through TV, digital and audio.
Currently, Televisa has 4 open television channels; 25 cable television channels (Izzi and Sky); Televisa Radio; Editorial Televisa and its service streaming blim. While Univision has 10 pay television networks; 63 television stations in the US; 58 radio stations; as well as PrendeTV (streaming) and Univision NOW (via The Sun of Mexico).
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