Spanish Thriller ‘The Corpse of Anna Fritz’ Due on DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The 2015 Spanish thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) will be released on DVD Feb. 6 by MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible.

In the film, Anna Fritz, a beautiful Spanish actress and one of the most desired women in the world, has suddenly died. Her body is transferred to a city morgue, where a withdrawn young orderly, Pau, becomes fascinated with her lifeless cadaver. When Pau sends a picture of the dead celebrity to his two friends, they show up at the morgue for a glimpse of the beautiful starlet. As the whiskey bottles and coke packets empty, the three friends decide this is an opportunity they can’t pass up to get up close and personal with the corpse of Anna Fritz. However, when they are alone with the body, they soon realize that things aren’t exactly what they seem.

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Co-written and directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. Star Alba Ribas Benaiges has also appeared in the Netflix series “Las Chicas Del Cable.”

Spanish Film ‘Siege’ Available on Digital From Sony

The Spanish film Siege is available on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, for Dani (Natalia de Molina), being Spanish means serving her country as a member of the riot police squad, honoring her flag and enforcing the law. But during an eviction in a troubled area of Madrid, Dani uncovers a corruption ring that will make her fear for her life. Her only help will lies with Nasha, a young woman she just evicted, and her son. She soon realizes that the system she works for is not the solution but may always have been part of the problem.

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Samba TV Enters Spanish Market With Smartclip Partnership

Media measurement company Samba TV Aug. 10 announced a new strategic partnership with adtech platform Smartclip to enter the Spanish market for the first time. The expansion into Spain delivers another key pillar in Samba TV’s global growth strategy, marking the company’s fifth major international announcement this year, following the expansion of its advanced TV footprint in the Australian, British, and German markets, as well as the launch of a first-in-kind partnership in France.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, smartclip helps European broadcasters and media companies implement monetization strategies across the digital spectrum.

Samba TV’s entry into Spain marks the second consecutive top 15 world advertising market that Samba TV has entered in 2022 alone and represents the company’s latest success in expanding the reach of its industry-leading TV insights into the European market. ­­

The partnership will make Samba TV’s proprietary smart TV viewership data available to Spanish advertisers exclusively through Smartclip’s adtech platform. With 82% of the country’s adult population embracing connected TV content, this strategic partnership allows advertisers in Spain to leverage the scale and granularity of Samba TV’s ACR-powered viewership data to achieve incremental results beyond linear TV buys and measure campaign reach and frequency.

“The combination of our privacy-compliant viewership data and smartclip’s impressive tech infrastructure will empower advertisers to drive meaningful business impact and future-proof their omni-screen advertising strategies as viewership behavior continues to evolve,” David Barker, SVP of international sales at Samba TV, said in a statement.

Ángel Fernández Nebot, country manager for Spain at smartclip, said the partnership with Samba TV will allow it to achieve a strong market position in Spain.

“Together we will deliver the Spanish market far greater efficiency in the media plans of our advertisers, helping to maximize the results of their advertising investments,” Nebot said.

Netflix Extends Carriage Agreement With Spain’s Movistar+

Netflix has renewed its carriage distribution agreement with Spain’s Movistar+ online TV platform for another five years.

Netflix made news in 2018 when it initially signed the deal. Since then, the pact has proved beneficial for both companies, with Netflix’s brand boosting Movistar’s profile, which has resulted in an uptick of original programming. Movistar, which is owned by Spanish telecom giant Telefonica, boasts a subscriber base of around 4 million — of which around 33% also subscribe to Netflix.

Netflix’s original program “Money Heist” (known as “La Casa de Papel” in Spain) ranks as one of the streamer’s most-successful TV series, with more than 1.4 billion hours streamed.

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Netflix and Other Streamers Avoid Proposed Spanish Tax Until 2023

Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and other U.S. streaming video operations in Spain will reportedly avoid being subjected to a proposed 5% tax on revenue generated in the country until 2023.

Under the government’s “Digital Spain 2025” initiative, foreign streaming services generating at least 50 million euros ($56.7 million) would be levied the tax, with the funds used to support independent Spanish cinema and public television network RTVE, among others.

Reuters reported that at least 6% of the streaming platforms’ content must be in Spain’s co-official languages: Catalan, Galician or Basque. The requirement is part of a broader European Union mandate requiring foreign streamers produce at least 30% of their original content in Europe.

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The tax proposal, introduced this year in the Spanish Parliament, was shelved for a year until regulators obtain the streamers’ 2022 local tax returns — a contentious issue as many platforms are officially based in tax-friendly countries such Luxembourg and Ireland.

The EU has upped efforts to enforce regulatory measures on U.S. tech/media giants such as Google, Amazon, Netflix and Disney, which it claims often take steps to avoid paying regional sales taxes.

Spain last year passed a law imposing a 3% tax on internet behemoths Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, with individual global revenue of at least 750 million euros ($850 million) and 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in Spain.

HBO Max No. 3 SVOD in Spain Since Launching in October

Just a month after launch, HBO Max is reportedly the No. 3 streaming service in Spain, according to published data from Smartme Analytics.

WarnerMedia in late October launched HBO Max in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra as part of a broader European rollout in 2022.

One month later, Max already has nearly 5% market penetration. The successor to HBO España, Max passed Disney+, which has 4.3% market penetration. Disney+ launched in Europe in March 2020. 

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Assisting Max’s rollout will be a 50% price cut on the standard €8.99 ($10.40) monthly fee through Nov. 30 for the lifetime of the subscription, unless canceled.

Spain’s SVOD market leader continues to be Netflix with 20.7% market share, followed by Amazon Prime Video with 8.7% share.

HBO Max Launches Service in The Nordics, Spain — at Half Price

WarnerMedia’s branded subscription streaming service HBO Max officially launched service today (Oct. 26) in the Nordics (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) and Spain. The debut is part of a 27-territory rollout in Europe through 2022.

As part of the rollout, all new subscribers through Nov. 30 will get 50% off the standard monthly price for the lifetime of their subscription. In Spain and Finland, for example, this means new subs pay €4.49 ($5.21) a month. This is in addition to the already announced annual subscription, which cuts the standard monthly fee 30% to $7.35.

HBO and HBO Max ended the most-recent fiscal period with almost 70 million global subs.

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Max Originals coming to HBO Max in Europe in the run up until Christmas include the reboot of “Gossip Girl,” the next chapter of “Sex in the City” with “And Just Like That …,” and Mindy Kaling’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls.” New European productions include the award-winning Danish drama “Kamikaze,” the second season of Norwegian hit “Beforeigners,” and the return of Juan Carrasco in “Venga Juan” and “Dafne and the Rest.”

Top movies coming to Max in the Nordics on launch day include Reminiscence, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Godzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat. Warner Bros. movies premiere on Max 45 days after their theatrical release starting this year in the Nordics and next year in Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Greece, Iceland and Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic nations.

“With the launch in Europe today, Max is now available in 46 territories globally,” Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, said in a statement. “This is an important milestone as we continue to deliver on our ambition to roll out Max around the world with more territories to come in Europe and Asia next year.”

Max will be available to watch on leading devices and platforms, including smart-TVs (Samsung, LG and Android TV), via streaming devices (Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast), game consoles (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S) mobile and tablets (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android), and online at www.HBOMax.com. HBO Max will also be available through selected TV distribution partners. Customers will be able to pay via major providers (Visa, Mastercard and PayPal) and via in-app purchase (Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

HBO Max offers up to five viewer profiles, three concurrent streams and no limit on devices per subscription. Select titles are available in 4K, 5.1 Sound and Dolby Atmos.

Netflix Doubles Madrid, Spain Production Facilities

Netflix continues to boost its commitment to Spanish original content production by expanding its studio space in Tres Cantos (Madrid). This hub, opened two years ago, will have double the amount of sets (10 versus five) and will add new post-production facilities.

The hub will also have, among other new features, enhanced filming and editing rooms incorporating the latest innovation and technology. This extension should be completed by late 2022.

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“We are proud to keep strengthening our commitment to Spain. With the new additions, creators will count with the latest tools to keep telling great stories made in Spain,” Diego Ávalos, VP of original content at Netflix Spain, said in a statement. “We will continue to work on fully supporting the sustainable development of Spanish audiovisual productions, in all their diversity.”

Since its arrival in 2015, Netflix has released more than 50 titles made in Spain. These generated more than 7,500 jobs for cast and crew, as well as 41,000 days of work for extras in productions filmed all over the country. This year’s current productions (in different stages) are expected to hire over 1,500 professionals and create over 21,000 days of work for extras.

As part of its goal to support the diversity of stories and formats, Netflix recently revealed its pending made-in-Spain productions. The streamer will also be bringing three Spanish novels to our screensUn cuento perfecto, by Elisabet Benavent, that questions self-expectations as the way to happiness; La chica de nieve by Javier Castillo, the great thriller phenomenon; and Hijas del Camino by Lucía-Asué Mbomío, a ground-breaking debut about identity, family ties and the fight against racism.

Analyst: Spain to Top 20 Million OTT Video Subs by Next Year — Driven by Netflix

Spain is quietly emerging as a major market for over-the-top video distribution, driven by Netflix, HBO España and Amazon Studios. New data from eMarketer suggests the country will top 20 million OTT subs next year — or about 40.1% of the country’s population.

Indeed, Netflix began producing original content in Spain in 2016 and opened its first European production hub in Madrid in spring of 2019. A trend replicated by ViacomCBS and Spain-based broadcaster Astresmedia and telecom giants Orange and Telefónica — the latter via its streaming video service Movistar.

Though Netflix will boast the largest user base in Spain, its 70% market share of subscription OTT video subs is actually lower than in other major markets. In Germany, Netflix claims 77.1% of the SVOD market, and 80% in Denmark, France, and the U.K. The report suggests a wider variety of SVOD services in Spain undermines Netflix’s domination.

“[Subscriber] growth should slow down in H2 2020, so Netflix must continue to work hard and fend off competition from emerging platforms like Disney+, HBO Max, and even Amazon Prime Video,” Matteo Ceurvels, eMarketer research analyst covering Latin America and Spain at Insider Intelligence, said in a statement. “Though competition abounds, we still view the subscription OTT landscape as a story of ‘Netflix versus the rest.'”

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AMC Networks Bows First International VOD Access in Spain

“AMC Selekt,” AMC Networks’ upstart video-on-demand service, launched its first international operations in Spain.

The service will be added to France’s Orange TV at no additional cost. As a result of this first-time agreement, Orange TV platform subscribers can watch more than 5,000 programs throughout the year, in a wide variety of genres including films, series, documentaries, lifestyle, children’s content and music.

AMC Selekt content ranges from AMC Networks, Canal Hollywood, SundanceTV, Dark, XTRM, Odisea, Canal Cocina, Canal Decasa, Canal Panda and Sol Música.

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“AMC Selekt … is the largest channel network library available in Spain and, more importantly, the most diverse,” Manuel Balsera, EVP and managing director of AMCNISE, said in a statement. “We are delighted that AMC Selekt is debuting with Orange TV, which is one of our main distribution partners in the market.”

Subscribers will have access to series such as “Dispatches from Elsewhere,” “Das Boot,” “Wisting,” “Bordertown” and “This Close,” among others. Movies include The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Meet the Parents, Super 8 and The Addams Family; and documentaries on technology, nature and current events such as “The Harvey Weinstein Scandal,” “A Samurai at the Vatican” and “Antarctic Expedition.”

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In-house productions include culinary programs “Let’s Taste the World” and “Julius’ 22 Minutes,” home decoration and fashion shows “A Touch of Chus” and “Customize Your House”. The offer also includes music concerts by Vetusta Morla, Alice Wonder and Nunatak and children’s content such as “Masha and the Bear” and “Panda Kitchen.”