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Thank you very much for reading my blog. This year comes with a lot of changes and challenges for all of us. In the business side, opportunities show and bear risks. For that, I decided to join Holland & Knight´s Mexico City Office. I updated this blog Disclaimer to adjust accordingly. In short, opinions are mine and please do not take the content here as legal advice or assume there is a lawyer-client relationship. Lawyers analize facts, documents and laws to solve legal problems, so clients can be on the safe side of law.

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Why old lawyers get shift done? [Infographic]

Why old lawyers get shift done? [Infographic]

Today, Lydia DePillis wrote on the Washington Post “Baby boomers are taking on ageism – and losing”. It tells the story of a senior GC failing to land a job in modern economy. Apparently, “Old Economy Steve” is too old for working on a profession that, paradoxically, requires experience and wisdom.

Become a real lawyer requires being exposed to the right life experience. Applying legal concepts and solving legal problems need situational and emotional intelligence. This is acquired by practical knowledge. Time and will is necessary for developing pillar skills for performing amazingly in any legal job: Ownership, resilience and curiosity.

In law, age is an advantage because is safer to bet on the seasoned lawyer. She/he eats newbies for breakfast. This is why old lawyers get shift done. Infographic below tried to convey this concept in a simple way.

Photo Credit: www.bigstock.com / Business exchange concept as two human hands from diverse cultural backgrounds exchanging financial and economic information and training as a metaphor for team success.

Why old lawyers get shift done

It´s not TV, it´s OTT: Dish lauched HBO Go in Mexico

It´s not TV, it´s OTT: Dish lauched HBO Go in Mexico

If you ever have the opportunity to ask Reed Hastings (@reedhastings), Netflix CEO: “What keeps you awake at night?” Most probably, the answer would be “TV Everywhere”. These days, TV business is trying to figure out how to monetize premium content on a hyper connected sharing economy.

Dish Mexico, operated by MVS Comunicaciones, just launched HBO Go as a standalone service for its own subscribers and non-customers. On Q2 2015, Dish reported 1.24 million users for its CATV services to the IFT (Mexican antitrust and regulatory agency).

According to The Competitive Intelligence Unit, Netflix has over 1.4 Million sVOD clients, which represents 70% of the market in Mexico. While these numbers are still low in comparison to the 17 Million of subscribers of CATV, the current circumnstances of the greater TV market make “TV Everywhere” promising.

CATV incumbents are challenging regulation. Claro Video (Telmex) is on the rise, but still looking for a CATV authorization. Cinepolis, biggest cinema operator in Mexico, is making synergies for engaging movie goers to online rentals. Vudu closed and left some tricky lessons behind. YouTube is playing great so far. Services like Cracker, Mubi, Snag Films and others arrived to Mexico. Government plans to tender another Free-to-air TV network and a 700 MHz shared network. ATT bought Iusacell and Nextel.

Winter is coming for the greater TV market and House of Dish just moved closer to cable droppers. Will they follow?

Photo Credit: HBO GO online application – Bigstockphoto.com

A few Statistitcs from 2015

A few Statistitcs from 2015

The business year ended a couple of weeks ago. A fair year for business in Mexico with the traction provoked by the opening markets (telecom, energy, transport, etc.) Numbers on this blog were good too. Here are some statistics I would like to share with you.

The blog had 1.4 Million hits with a more than 86 thousand visitors. This is a slight improvement from previous year.

As to the most popular posts, below is the list, if you want to read them:

1 – What Would the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Mean for Mexico?
2 – Wind Power Opportunities in Mexico
3 – Mexico to Spend $100 Billion Dollars to Develop Shale Resources
4 – Mexico Reforms Attract U.S. Investors
5 – Chrysler invests US$1.2 Bn in Mexico and could cast away the IMMEX drawback
6 – As expected, Mexican telecom operators are showing tough love
7 – [INFOGRAPHIC] The US$590 Bn Mexican Infrastructure Plan in a Nutshell
8 – What if IFETEL Mexico unleashes the unseen power of free?
9 – Mexico Consumer Entertainment Spend Grows Rapidly; Now at 4.5 Billion USD
10 – Televisa and Telmex on two legs after Watchdog resolutions

The most popular searches were related and around to these topics:

1. Green energy investment.
2. Telecom antitrust proceedings.
3. San Diego – Tijuana business traction.
4. Construction companies in Mexico.
5. Oil drilling opportunities.

We have planned many projects for this year and hope all readers and sharers support this blog. Stay tuned.

Photo credit: Rear view of the business lady who is looking for the new business ideas. Blue growing arrow as a concept of successful business. Business icons are drawn on the concrete wall. / Bigstockphoto.com

IFTMX said OTT and PaidTV were not created equal

IFTMX said OTT and PaidTV were not created equal

Last week IFT, telecom antitrust and regulator in Mexico, issued a resolution declaring that Televisa is not dominant in paidTV. The resolution was controversial to many, of course. However, it threw some legal precedents on OTT, for subscription video-on-demand (SVOD).

According to IFT, SVOD is not, in terms of relevant market for antitrust proceedings, substitute to paid TV, based on the facts that content is not enough, the audience is limited and internet access is not universal.

Netflix is betting high on good original content, but live sports and prime time is still keep audience on traditional TV, according to official data form IFT. However in OTT-SVOD, Netflix has 55.7% of Mexican market, with Slim´s Claro following with 39.7%, according to Daxis. Audience is expected to grow with 4G mobile tenders happening this year.

Then, if you double-read the resolution from a telecom-media-antitrust-legal-regulatory point of view: This resolution is a space of freedom that Netflix can enjoy to grow. A victory that Uber, another icon of on-demand services, only can wish for its own market.

The Netflix app is displayed alongside other streaming media services on the homepage of a Roku Streaming Stick. (Photo credit: Matthew Keys / Flickr Creative Commons

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