FuboTV Acquires Streaming Rights for South American Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying Matches

FuboTV, the sports-themed online TV platform, has acquired the exclusive live streaming rights to the Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying matches of South American Football Confederation.

Soccer’s quadrennial World Cup is arguably the largest televised sporting event globally over the course of month-long run — and qualifying matches this year are a hot commodity.

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The agreement, a partnership with the 10 South American country teams’ rights holders, features the top four teams competing within CONMEBOL, one of FIFA’s six continental confederations, qualifying for Qatar. In addition to CONMEBOL, FuboTV will stream qualifying matches through its carriage of other channel partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Specifically, FuboTV has live streaming rights for 70 matches scheduled to begin in June, with several additional matches into early 2022, featuring both English and Spanish commentary

The platform will produce original programming, including pre, half-time and post match shows, to air throughout the season. Specific details on programming, including how consumers can stream all South American qualifying matches with FuboTV, and on-air talent will be announced later.

“By offering the best of South American soccer in advance of Qatar 2022, we are further differentiating FuboTV’s sports-first content portfolio enabling us to engage with more consumers than ever before,” David Gandler, co-founder/CEO of FuboTV, said in a statement.


ViacomCBS Acquires ChileVisión, Paves Way for Paramount+ and Pluto TV in South America

ViacomCBS Networks International April 5 announced it has agreed to acquire Chilevisión from WarnerMedia. Through the transaction, VCNI further expands its footprint in Latin America and bolsters its streaming business with a new premium content library and pipeline to fuel the increasing demand for Spanish language content across platforms, including Paramount+ and FAST platform Pluto TV.

The purchase price will be financed by ViacomCBS’s existing cash balances. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The acquisition includes Chilevisión’s free-to-air television network, which generated about 24% share of viewership in the region in 2020. Chilevisión’s library is comprised of content spanning multiple genres, including sports, entertainment and news, and it has vast production capabilities.

“Latin America is one of the world’s fastest-growing streaming markets, and Chilevisión will be a key driver of our accelerated streaming strategy in the region,” Raffaele Annecchino, CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International, said in a statement.

Chilevisión will fall under the leadership of Juan Acosta, president of ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas. The acquisition joins the ViacomCBS Americas portfolio, which includes Paramount+; Pluto TV; Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, Noggin; ViacomCBS International Studios production hub; FTA broadcaster Telefe; and more than 10 branded pay-TV networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central, among others.

VCNI Americas has offices in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.