Mexican broadcast and media giant Grupo Televisa agreed to combine its television content business with Univision Communications, creating a new company that will have SoftBank Group as an investor, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The tie-up aims to expand streaming-video services in Spanish-speaking markets and marks a new phase in what has been a hot-and-cold partnership over the years between Televisa, the world’s top producer of Spanish-language television programs, and Univision, the largest US Spanish-language network.
The creation of Televisa-Univision, as the new company will be called, comes as broadcasters and cable TV companies struggle with rising competition from streaming services with large budgets for ambitious production of films and series, as viewers get more of their audio, movies, and video programming directly over the internet.
To boost its war-chest, the new Televisa-Univision, will get a US$1 billion equity investment by a consortium led by SoftBank Group through the SoftBank Latin America Fund and which includes the participation of Google Inc. and The Raine.
Televisa will receive US$3 billion in cash for its assets, plus US$1.45 billion in Univision equity. That will be financed by Univision taking on US$2.1 billion in debt.
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