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Grupo Televisa - statistics & facts

Audiences across the globe recognize Televisa as the company behind telenovela hits from the 1980s and 1990s, such as "Cradle of Wolves," "Humble Maria," and "Deceptions." The Mexico City-based holding, however, encompasses a myriad of enterprises. It focuses on media and telecommunications, from Peru to the Philippines, but the conglomerate also runs events, a soccer team, and a stadium, among other businesses. In Mexico, Grupo Televisa is only second to the giant América Móvil in the media and telecommunications segment. The group, owned by the Azcarraga family, turned into a television empire thanks to the popularization of TV sets in the Mexican market in the 1970s. Today, most of Televisa’s net sales come from cable services and the production of content. Still, its online operations are also among the biggest in its home country. Televisa’s websites altogether recorded more than 25 million unique visitors in May 2021 alone.

A comeback worthy of a telenovela

In April 2021, Televisa announced a 4.8 billion-U.S.-dollar merger agreement with Univision, the leader of primetime TV among the Spanish-speaking audience in the United States. The move starts a new chapter in the long history of the two companies. Decades ago, the owners of Televisa had to sell their operations in the U.S. because of limits to the ruling of foreigners in media companies. Those businesses turned into what today is known as Univision. Despite the separation, the relationship between the two companies remained symbiotic. Between 2014 and 2020, Univision paid on average 345 million dollars in royalties to Televisa every year. With the new agreement, the Mexican conglomerate joined forces with the New Yorker company aiming at an ambitious target: to create the largest Spanish-speaking subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service in the world.

The long way to streaming expansion

The debut of Televisa in the SVOD market took place in 2016 with Blim, a platform that has not gone very far. At the end of 2020, it held less than two percent of market share in the video streaming segment in Mexico. Still, the group is no stranger to creating and selling its own content – hence the international fandom of its telenovelas. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Televisa managed to produce over 74 thousand hours of TV programming sold to non-Mexican broadcasters. Meanwhile, Blim heavily relies on local content. In 2020, over 95 percent of the feature films available on the streaming service were Mexican. Now with a foot in the U.S. and another in Mexico, Televisa-Univision may be able to finally stand tall amidst the biggest players in the global SVOD industry. The world is watching.

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Grupo Televisa - statistics & facts

Audiences across the globe recognize Televisa as the company behind telenovela hits from the 1980s and 1990s, such as "Cradle of Wolves," "Humble Maria," and "Deceptions." The Mexico City-based holding, however, encompasses a myriad of enterprises. It focuses on media and telecommunications, from Peru to the Philippines, but the conglomerate also runs events, a soccer team, and a stadium, among other businesses. In Mexico, Grupo Televisa is only second to the giant América Móvil in the media and telecommunications segment. The group, owned by the Azcarraga family, turned into a television empire thanks to the popularization of TV sets in the Mexican market in the 1970s. Today, most of Televisa’s net sales come from cable services and the production of content. Still, its online operations are also among the biggest in its home country. Televisa’s websites altogether recorded more than 25 million unique visitors in May 2021 alone.

A comeback worthy of a telenovela

In April 2021, Televisa announced a 4.8 billion-U.S.-dollar merger agreement with Univision, the leader of primetime TV among the Spanish-speaking audience in the United States. The move starts a new chapter in the long history of the two companies. Decades ago, the owners of Televisa had to sell their operations in the U.S. because of limits to the ruling of foreigners in media companies. Those businesses turned into what today is known as Univision. Despite the separation, the relationship between the two companies remained symbiotic. Between 2014 and 2020, Univision paid on average 345 million dollars in royalties to Televisa every year. With the new agreement, the Mexican conglomerate joined forces with the New Yorker company aiming at an ambitious target: to create the largest Spanish-speaking subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service in the world.

The long way to streaming expansion

The debut of Televisa in the SVOD market took place in 2016 with Blim, a platform that has not gone very far. At the end of 2020, it held less than two percent of market share in the video streaming segment in Mexico. Still, the group is no stranger to creating and selling its own content – hence the international fandom of its telenovelas. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Televisa managed to produce over 74 thousand hours of TV programming sold to non-Mexican broadcasters. Meanwhile, Blim heavily relies on local content. In 2020, over 95 percent of the feature films available on the streaming service were Mexican. Now with a foot in the U.S. and another in Mexico, Televisa-Univision may be able to finally stand tall amidst the biggest players in the global SVOD industry. The world is watching.

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