UAE-based pay TV operator OSN has struck a deal with Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN to bring four new ABS-CBN channels to its platform from this week.
OSN will offer flagship international entertainment channel TFC – The Filipino Channel, which offers a range of shows including Filipinas Got Talent, The Voice and Minute to Win It, sports and entertainment channel Bro, movie channel Cinema One Global and news channel ANC to Filipino viewers in the Middle East and North Africa.
OSN offers a range of 40 channels via its Pinoy packages. The four ABS-CBN channels will be offered at no extra cost to existing subscribers.
“We are delighted to offer through OSN our four channels to cater to the diverse viewing preferences of Filipinos in the Middle East. With this partnership with OSN, the leading mainstream pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, ABS-CBN through TFC fortifies its already strong presence in the region built over the past 15 years through its own direct-to-home platform and its carriage partnerships with the major cable operators,” said ABS-CBN Middle East Managing Director, Edgardo Garcia.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN said: “Our partnership with ABS-CBN, the largest provider of entertainment to Filipinos globally, is a clear demonstration of our network’s strength in reaching out to the widest cross-section of the region’s Filipino community. Both OSN and ABS-CBN focus on quality content and the addition of four new world-class channels complements our existing Filipino channel line-up further strengthening OSN’s choice and variety proposition for the segment.”
OSN’s deal with ABS-CBN comes shortly after rival pay TV provider My HD and distributor SAWA Media secured rights to air three TV channels from Philippines broadcaster GMA Network, which had previously been held by OSN.