A d v a n c e d Te l e v i s i o n LatAm Market Briefing 2018 LatAm multichannel revenue heads for $33bn L Mediapro, VICE co-pro deal Audiovisual group Mediapro US, and multimedia company VICE have signed an agreement of co-development and co-production of original scripted series. Border Republic is the first result of this agreement, a fiction series ‘told through atin America and the Caribbean is the world’s fourth-largest multichannel regional video market by revenues and fifth in terms of subscribers, according to Kagan’s Latin America Multichannel & Broadband Market Overview. Growth slowed in 2016 and 2017 as a 42.3% fewer than in 2016. As of year-end 2017, DTH was the dominant delivery platform, with 48.2% of subscribers, closely followed by cable with 47.9%. Kagan forecasts sound economic fundamentals should take multichannel households to 97.5m by economic slowdown. ARPU levels recovered slightly during 2017, supported by economic stabilisation across the region. Nevertheless, ARPU is still below 2014 levels. AT&T’s DirecTV had the highest ARPU in 2017 as a result of its focus on the premium segment. result of political and economic turmoil in some of the biggest markets of the region. Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, AT&T DirecTV Latin America and América Móvil have become the top players in the market. Kagan projects the market will keep growing as the economic environment stabilises. The market served an estimated 73.2m subscribers out of 176m TV households in the region by the end of 2017, representing a multichannel penetration rate of 41.6%. Market growth continues to slow: Kagan estimates the industry added 1.3m subscribers during 2017, 2026, when 46.7% of TV households should subscribe to some form of pay-TV service. Multichannel revenue is estimated at $19.74 billion for 2017 and is expected to reach $32.97 billion in 2026. Multichannel monthly average revenue per user is projected to reach $28.56 by 2026, increasing 26% from an estimated $22.66 in 2017. Revenue growth should be driven mainly by subscriber and ARPU growth as well as advanced-service launches on emerging digital cable and IPTV systems. Multichannel ARPU trended down for the past six years. behind the as a resuult of currency depreciation and Consolidation of pay- TV systems has improved investment dynamics for both MSO and DTH platforms, which are benefiting from increased economies of scale that allow for continued infrastructure and technology upgrades as well as improved programming negotiations. Analysis indicates the LatAm and Caribbean markets are still rife with the fundamental challenges of piracy, poverty and inflation, particularly in smaller markets. Widespread DTT development, cable digitisation and low-cost packages should make digital TV a reality for many households over the next 10 years. the lens of VICE’ on the border between USA and México. Production of the series will take place in 2019. It will feature the narrative imprint and visual style of VICE’s famous, high-quality documentary series. Andrés Reymondes, CEO for VICE LatAm & US Hispanic, said: “This is the first of many scripted projects that we’ll be developing from VICE Studios LatAm in the coming years.” “We are very pleased to have VICE as a partner,” added Laura Fernández Espeso, director of international content of the Mediapro Group. We are confident that its enormous trajectory, along with Mediapro’s experience in scripted content, will provide unthinkable stories to our viewers.” “VICE has renewed the documentary language to such an extent, that merely a frame is necessary to recognise their signature,” commented Daniel Burman, content director of Mediapro in the US.