Parent Category: News | 06-08-2013
The three biggest pay-TV operators in Chile – Movistar, Claro and VTR – are to reinforce their online TV services before the end of the year, according to the Diario Financiero.
This commitment to on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) services comes at a time when the market in Chile is growing and Internet connections are on the increase.
Telefónica's subsidiary will launch Movistar Play within the next six months. There are no more firm details as yet, but Sebastián Precht, Movistar Chile's IPTV manager, said that "it will be released soon" and that "there are only some small details that need to be repaired".
Claro Chile is continuing to extend its video-on-demand (VOD) platform throughout the whole of Latin America. Following launches in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, Claro TV online will be launched in Chile before the end of the year, according to Gerardo Muñoz, Claro Chile's CEO, who was quoted in Diario Financiero.
Regarding VTR, which has over 40% of Chile's pay-TV subscriptions according to LAMAC's latest report, it is also working on a multiscreen service. The company is looking to "make our position in on-demand services stronger by bringing content everywhere, where our customers need it," said Edwing Elberg, VTR's product development manager.
TV everywhere is important in Chile, because, as in some other Latin American countries, fixed Internet connections are not widespread. But 3G and 4G connections are on the increase, growing nearly 700% over the last three years. Currently, there are 2.2 million fixed Internet lines and over five million mobile Internet connections.