TelevisaUnivision Set to Launch VIX+ SVOD Service on July 21

New York-based TelevisaUnivision is set to launch a Spanish-language subscription streaming service in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America on July 21, priced at $6.99 and $119MX monthly after a free seven-day trial.

ViX+ claims to be first large-scale global streaming service created specifically for the Spanish-speaking world giving subscribers access to more than 10,000 hours of ad-free entertainment programming in its first year, and up to 7,000 hours of live sports.

Consumers in the U.S., Mexico, and the majority of Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America will have access to more than 70 ViX+ Original series and movies in the first year.

Original series available at launch include “María Felix, La Doña,” “La Mujer del Diablo” and “Mi Vecino El Cartel,” which is executive produced by Selena Gomez. ViX+ subscribers will also be able to watch global movie premieres of Mirreyes contra Godinez 2, El Retiro and Enfermo Amor.

“ViX+ will bring premium storytelling that raises the bar for Spanish-language content,” Pierluigi Gazzolo, chief transformation officer at TelevisaUnivision, said in a statement.

Indeed, ViX and ViX+ create the largest Spanish-language streaming service in the world, with more than 50,000 hours of content targeting nearly 600 million Spanish speakers around the globe.

“Spanish-language viewers will finally have a subscription streaming service with content that authentically reflects our culture,” Gazzolo said.

TelevisaUnivision’s portfolio includes content developed by Spanish-language creators and storytellers such as Salma Hayek Pinault, Eugenio Derbez, Maria Dueñas, Selena Gomez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Santiago Limón, Leonardo Padrón, and Marc Cistaré.

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Amazon Prime Video Expands Live Sports Portfolio: Secures UEFA Champions League Soccer Rights in the U.K.

Amazon Prime Video continues to invest in live sports streaming. The second-largest subscription streaming VOD service in the world July 1 announced it has secured select rights for three years to UEFA Champions League soccer, beginning in 2024.

The Champions League is a soccer tournament of 32 teams that compete for the right to be crowned the best club in European soccer. Since 2018, Prime Video streams select soccer games in the U.K.’s Premier League. The streamer also has exclusive Champions League rights in Germany and Italy.

“The addition of UEFA Champions League football is a truly momentous moment for Prime Video in the U.K.,” Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe, said in a statement. “The passion and energy [for live sports] has led us to this exciting next step.”

In the U.S., Prime Video now has exclusive rights to NFL Thursday Night Football, in addition to a smattering of New York Yankees games and sponsorship of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders.

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“[Prime Video] is now establishing itself as a key provider of sports in the U.K. as it continues to steadily beef up its programming,” Paolo Pescatore, analyst at PP Foresight, said in a note. “[The deal] will help drive Prime subscriptions and sales even further with more live sport through the year.”

Soccer continues to be coveted asset among U.S. streaming services.

Turner Sports and HBO Max recently inked an eight-year deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation to broadcast/stream more than 20 women’s and men’s national team matches annually, beginning in 2023.

Apple and MLS signed a 10-year deal making the Apple TV app the exclusive destination to watch every single live MLS match beginning in 2023.

Paramount+ is the only streaming service in the U.S. with English-language coverage of every single UEFA club competition match. That includes UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has rights to more than 175 live Premier League matches and 1,500 hours of related coverage in the U.S.