Totalmovie shows off live TV for Latin America OTT service

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 05-12-2012

In a move to bolster its value proposition in the increasingly crowded Latin America online streaming video market, Totalmovie has given an advance look its soon-to-be-launched live television portion for its subscription over-the-top (OTT) service.

As RTVN previously reported, Totalmovie, a Grupo Salinas company with a presence in 40 countries including most of Latin America, will offer the combined service on multiple platforms, including the Web (, and Internet-connected devices including TVs, mobile phones, tablets, streaming players and video gaming consoles.

The Totalmovie application will allow users unlimited access to live TV and an extensive Totalmovie catalogue of movies and television series from Hollywood, local and independent studios, including Disney, Sony and sister company TV Azteca. The new service also includes catch-up TV, which allows viewers to see programs from the previous eight days that are automatically stored on the Totalmovie Cloud and network PVR.

The service was demoed at the TV Connect Latin America conference in Sao Paulo by Samer Salameh, executive chairman of Totalmovie. He presented the product interface, showing TV channels received off-air from Totalmovie's Los Angeles lab and streamed live via the Akamai Content Distribution Network. Technical highlights include a one-half to one-second channel change time, which is about 50% faster than the services currently available from digital cable or satellite systems.

Salameh also demonstrated the product on his mobile device.

Totalmovie is contracting with strategic distribution partners to expedite the roll-out of its Internet-based live television service in major emerging markets worldwide it said, including major telcos, Internet service providers and pay-TV firms around the world. It has almost 2 million registered users, and receives 5 million unique visitors to its website every month, making it the second-largest premium on-demand video service in Latin America, behind Netflix.