(Mexico City--November 28, 2012) Totalmovie, a Grupo Salinas company, and a leader in online premium on-demand video entertainment, plans to launch one of the first global Internet-based live television service in early 2013. The combined on-demand and live television service will be available to consumers on multiple platforms including Web (http://www.totalmovie.com) and Internet-connected devices including TVs, mobile phones, tablets, streaming players and video gaming consoles.
Totalmovie is signing up strategic distribution partners in order to expedite the rollout of its over-the-top (OTT) service in major emerging markets worldwide. These partners include major telecommunications companies, Internet service providers and Pay-TV firms around the world.
Initial distribution partners of the service include RACSA in Central America and Iusacell in Mexico. The service will provide a selection of news, children, sports and general interest programming, including Azteca channels from Mexico.
Totalmovie and Sony also announced an agreement through which Sony will offer in Latin America a pre-loaded Totalmovie application on its Internet connected TV, PlayStation 3 consoles, Blu-Ray players and home theaters products. The agreement is effective immediately for Mexico, Brazil and 20 other countries in the region.
The Totalmovie application will allow users unlimited access to the extensive Totalmovie catalog of hit Hollywood movies and television series for only US$7.99 per month.
The public signing of the agreement was presided by Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Grupo Salinas Chairman, Takayuki Suzuki, President of Sony Mexico and Samer Salameh, Executive President of Totalmovie.
"This partnership is a winning formula for us, as we expand the horizon of fun and entertainment options for the consumer," said Takayuki Suzuki, President of Sony Mexico.
Totalmovie remains at the forefront of offering innovative OTT solutions with a firm commitment to delivering "anytime, anyplace" premium video entertainment to consumers. Totalmovie currently has almost 2.0M registered users, and gets 5.0M unique visitors to its Web site every month, making it the second-largest premium on-demand video service in Latin America.
A Grupo Salinas company and world leader in over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment, Totalmovie ( http://www.totalmovie.com
) is Latin America's first legal premium video online streaming service. Launched in July 2011, Totalmovie.com now operates in over 40 countries across Latin America, and has quickly become the second largest online video service in the region.
The Totalmovie service offers subscribers thousands of hours of streaming entertainment including movies, regional content and television series, and soon live linear television channels, for a small monthly subscription fee. The services can be enjoyed on PCs, Blue-Ray players, iPads, Android tablets, Internet TV's, Play Station 3 and Smartphones. (For more information, please visit http://www.totalmovie.com
About Grupo Salinas
Grupo Salinas ( http://www.gruposalinas.com
) is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas ( http://www.ricardosalinas.com
), Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: TV Azteca ( http://www.tvazteca.com.mx
; irtvazteca.com), Azteca America ( http://www.aztecaamerica.com
), Grupo Elektra ( http://www.grupoelektra.com.mx
), Banco Azteca ( http://www.bancoazteca.com.mx
), Afore Azteca ( http://www.aforeazteca.com.mx
), Advance America ( http://www.advanceamerica.net
), Seguros Azteca ( http://www.segurosazteca.com.mx
), Grupo Iusacell ( http://www.iusacell.com
) and Totalmovie ( http://www.totalmovie.com
). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings.