Bazuca Chooses Avail-TVN For OTT Video Service In Chile And Across Latin America

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Partnership Brings Transactional and Subscription VOD Services to SmartTVs, Tablets, Smartphones and other Connected Devices Throughout Latin America

RESTON, Va. — Avail-TVN, the leading global provider of advanced video services, today announced that Bazuca launched the next version of its over-the-top (OTT) video service with Avail-TVN. Bazuca is a subsidiary of Chilean cable operator, VTR, a Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) company.

“Both the consumer electronics and video sectors are growing quickly in Latin America,” said Rodrigo Terrazas, chief executive officer of Bazuca. “Our focus is on tapping into those dynamic markets to deliver the best mix of digital video entertainment to consumers’ connected devices. Working with Avail-TVN, we are able to provide a range of packages and services to consumers, no matter their interests, preferred devices, or viewing habits.”

Bazuca will extend the video offering to include Subscription VOD (SVOD) services for television and studio content, music, children’s programming, and events. Avail-TVN is providing licensing, content preparation, metadata management, content delivery, and marketing and promotional support, as well as integrating with Bazuca’s CDN and DRM solutions. Together, Bazuca and Avail-TVN are offering content from the major U.S. studios for new release and library titles and partnering with local market content providers to deliver regional favorites, and making content available on both a Transactional VOD (TVOD) and SVOD basis. Avail-TVN’s AnyView Content multiplatform service will provide content in multiple adaptive bitrate (ABR) formats, in SD, HD and 3D, optimizing video streaming on any type of device.

“Bazuca continues to innovate and deliver new types of services to connected consumers throughout Latin America,” said Mauricio Ramos, president, Liberty Global Latin America. “Working with Avail-TVN provides the access to content and marketing expertise that will drive continued growth.”

“Bazuca extends our important relationship with Liberty Global and represents the newest type of customer for Avail-TVN: online video services that provide compelling and complementary services to traditional paid video offerings,” said Ramu Potarazu, chief executive officer at Avail-TVN. “In addition to providing core services like securing pan-regional rights to content, preparing and managing data, and marketing content packages, we’re also streaming content in multiple formats to a variety of viewing devices. Consumers are demanding flexibility in how, when, and where they enjoy their favorite programming, and cable-class OTT services like Bazuca are delivering on that promise.”

Avail-TVN works with service providers to help them access and distribute network television programming, specialty content and new release and library titles from major Hollywood studios in multiple formats including 3D, HD and across multiple devices. With a decade-long history of protecting and distributing premium content, Avail-TVN is uniquely positioned to enable service providers to launch innovative video services with large stores of quality content, delivered to any device.