DirecTV’s Yaveo Says Adios

Spanish-Language OTT Service Shutting Down Dec. 16
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Yaveo, the Spanish language over-the-top service from DirecTV, is shutting down roughly a year after  it was launched.

The decision, spotted by TV Predictions, also comes about five months after AT&T clinched its merger with DirecTV. Speaking Tuesday at the UBS conference in New York, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company plans to launch a mobile entertainment service in January that will “turn some heads” while also noting that the company also has “a lot of irons in fire” regarding programming, particularly at Otter Media, the AT&T-The Chernin Group OTT joint venture. Here is a link to the DirecTV customer service explanation about it.

As for Yaveo, the site has posted a message telling visitors that the service is not accepting new subs and will no longer offer the service after December 16.

“However, we will continue to offer high quality Spanish-language entertainment through DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse,” it explained, noting, for example, that DirecTV offers four programming packages that with English and Spanish content that’s “ideal for the multi-generational and bilingual Hispanic households in the U.S.,” and that the satellite TV service  provider also offers three 24-hour Spanish-language news channels.

DirecTV has not released sub numbers for the OTT offering, but the decision to shut down Yaveo stems from the DirecTV-AT&T merger.

“We have decided to discontinue the Yaveo service as of December 16 as we focus on the service integration of DIRECTV and AT&T,” the message continued. “ We continue to believe in the value and viability of an Internet-delivered service offering unique, high-quality Spanish-language content. Once we complete the integration, we plan to evaluate new and unique opportunities to better serve the Hispanic community.

Yaveo, currently supported on Web browsers, the Xbox 360, iOS and Android mobile devices and  Roku players and Roku TVs, noted that it won’t be issuing refunds as no customers will lose access during their current paid monthly subscription. The service, which sold for $7.99 per month, featured a lineup of live channels such as AYM Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol, Cine Sony Television, HOLA! TV and LAS, as well as a VOD library from partners including Canal Once, Caracol, Galavision, MTV, Nickelodeon, RCN, Telemundo, Tr3s, UniMas, Univision, Vemox, and Video Rola.