Telemundo Will Have Massive Presence On NBC’s Peacock Service With Thousands Of Hours Of Original Content

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Telemundo will have a strong presence on NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock, with thousands of hours of original Spanish-language programming when it launches in 2020. 

Telemundo will debut original series that will only be available on the platform, such as Armas de Mujer, a 10-episode dramedy from the makers of Reina del Sur, and 100 Días Para Volver, the U.S. adaptation of 100 Días para Enamorarse from the recently acquired Underground Producciones studio, which will kick off production at its Miami-based Telemundo Center in October.

Subscribers will also be able to stream other previously aired series, including Betty in NY, El Barón and Preso No. 1.

NBCUniversal announced Peacock (so named in honor to NBC’s iconic logo) would roll out with over 15,000 hours of content. Of those, more than 3,000 hours will be Telemundo-produced original programming.

The company wouldn't say at this time if the platform would have a clearly designated section for its Spanish-language content or if the English-language shows and movies from NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and film divisions will offer closed captions in Spanish.

In recent years, Telemundo has provided closed captioning in English on primetime series to broaden its reach and attract non Spanish-language viewers. Having that option is valuable, particularly for content living on a streaming platform that more people will have access to.

If well-produced and edgy, Spanish-language series can soar. Case in point: Spain's binge-worthy hit Casa de Papel (Money Heist), which has broken records on Netflix as the most-watched non English-language series on its platform.

Telemundo started preparing for the streaming circuit long before news of NBC's streaming service.

Last year, the network debuted prison thriller El Recluso, its first 13-episode series. At the time, Peter Blacker, Telemundo's EVP, Revenue Strategy and Innovation acknowledged the company was exploring a new content distribution model that could "travel well" in multiple distribution platforms, specifically digital and OTT. This, as the network had been striking co-production deals with Netflix that resulted in series such as 2018’s Luis Miguel La Serie (which flopped on Telemundo, but did very well in Latin America) and the hit La Reina del Sur 2, which ended its stellar U.S. run in July.

The big question is what will happen to Telemundo series that currently live on Netflix. Will the network pull its content to move it over to Peacock?

Since it started developing and producing its own content through its Telemundo Studios, the network has been diligent in selling its programming in international markets. But it also identified the importance of VOD and streaming services for visibility and profit, and getting on Netflix’s platform has been an important component of its business strategy.

What could happen is that Telemundo will strike a deal to stream blockbuster series like El Señor de los Cielos globally, but show them exclusively on Peacock in the U.S.

A company spokesperson would not address the terms of its current deal or any future arrangements with Netflix.

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Telemundo will have a strong presence on NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock, with thousands of hours of original Spanish-language programming when it launches in 2020. 

Telemundo will debut original series that will only be available on the platform, such as Armas de Mujer, a 10-episode dramedy from the makers of Reina del Sur, and 100 Días Para Volver, the U.S. adaptation of 100 Días para Enamorarse from the recently acquired Underground Producciones studio, which will kick off production at its Miami-based Telemundo Center in October.

Subscribers will also be able to stream other previously aired series, including Betty in NY, El Barón and Preso No. 1.

NBCUniversal announced Peacock (so named in honor to NBC’s iconic logo) would roll out with over 15,000 hours of content. Of those, more than 3,000 hours will be Telemundo-produced original programming.

The company wouldn't say at this time if the platform would have a clearly designated section for its Spanish-language content or if the English-language shows and movies from NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and film divisions will offer closed captions in Spanish.

In recent years, Telemundo has provided closed captioning in English on primetime series to broaden its reach and attract non Spanish-language viewers. Having that option is valuable, particularly for content living on a streaming platform that more people will have access to.

If well-produced and edgy, Spanish-language series can soar. Case in point: Spain's binge-worthy hit Casa de Papel (Money Heist), which has broken records on Netflix as the most-watched non English-language series on its platform.

Telemundo started preparing for the streaming circuit long before news of NBC's streaming service.

Last year, the network debuted prison thriller El Recluso, its first 13-episode series. At the time, Peter Blacker, Telemundo's EVP, Revenue Strategy and Innovation acknowledged the company was exploring a new content distribution model that could "travel well" in multiple distribution platforms, specifically digital and OTT. This, as the network had been striking co-production deals with Netflix that resulted in series such as 2018’s Luis Miguel La Serie (which flopped on Telemundo, but did very well in Latin America) and the hit La Reina del Sur 2, which ended its stellar U.S. run in July.

The big question is what will happen to Telemundo series that currently live on Netflix. Will the network pull its content to move it over to Peacock?

Since it started developing and producing its own content through its Telemundo Studios, the network has been diligent in selling its programming in international markets. But it also identified the importance of VOD and streaming services for visibility and profit, and getting on Netflix’s platform has been an important component of its business strategy.

What could happen is that Telemundo will strike a deal to stream blockbuster series like El Señor de los Cielos globally, but show them exclusively on Peacock in the U.S.

A company spokesperson would not address the terms of its current deal or any future arrangements with Netflix.

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