TelevisaUnivision has entered into an agreement with HMTV DTC, a subsidiary of Hemisphere Media Group, to acquire the streaming platform Pantaya.
The deal for the U.S. Spanish-language streaming platform for movies and series is in exchange for cash plus certain Puerto Rican radio assets, including WKAQ AM and KQ105 FM currently owned by TelevisaUnivision.
The addition of Pantaya’s content, subscribers and team further accelerates the transformation of TelevisaUnivision, bolstering its global streaming offering ViX+, which is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.
“The acquisition of Pantaya, which includes renowned content titles such as Señorita 89 and A La Mala, is an exciting opportunity to build upon our strategic growth plan as we continue to redefine the global streaming landscape,” said TelevisaUnivision President and Chief Transformation Officer Pierluigi Gazzolo. “We look forward to welcoming the Pantaya team, the existing subscribers, and having access to the thousands of hours of content assets which perfectly complement TelevisaUnivision’s prolific long-form content engine, industry-leading library and extensive portfolio of IP and sports rights. In April, we launched our global AVOD service ViX, and we will launch our global SVOD service ViX+ in the second half of this year, which will be further accelerated by this strategic acquisition.”
Alan Sokol, CEO of Hemisphere, stated, “Pantaya will flourish under TelevisaUnivision’s ownership. Given the highly competitive multi-language SVOD streaming environment, Pantaya’s service is best positioned under an organization that can provide the resources and investment it needs to scale and grow. In addition, Hemisphere’s acquisition of certain Univision Puerto Rican radio assets will be an ideal complement to WAPA, Puerto Rico’s leading broadcast network. Post-closing, we will continue to work closely with the TelevisaUnivision Uforia programming team which, with its deep music expertise, will continue to program the KQ105 FM station.”
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals in the U.S.