Eutelsat acquires Noorsat to build position in Middle East

Satellite operator Eutelsat has acquired Middle East satellite service provider Noorsat from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group for US$75 million (€63 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Noorsat, which was created in 2004, is already the primary distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle east, providing services for over 300 channels almost exclusively delivered from […]

Amazon Web Services to open Middle East data centres by 2019

Amazon Web Services is due to build new infrastructure and open data centres in the Middle East by early 2019, enabling customers to offer lower-latency web services in the region. Amazon said that the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three ‘Availability Zones’ at launch, and added it will launch an AWS […]

Zain iflix SVOD JV launches in five MENA markets

Kuwait-based Middle East service provider Zain has launched OTT TV service iflix Arabia across five of its eight key markets in the region. The subscription video-on-demand service, a joint venture between Zain and Asian SVOD player iflix, is initially available in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan. Zain said that the service would be launched […]

Iflix expands into MENA

South-East Asian SVOD provider Iflix has expanded into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with launches in eight territories. The service is now available in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan, broadening Iflix’s footprint to a total of 18 countries. The firm has also established a new regional headquarters for […]

Icflix expands reach in Bahrain

Middle East subscription video-on-demand service Icflix has expanded its reach in Bahrain by striking a strategic partnership with local telco Zain Bahrain. Zain Bahrain prepaid and postpaid customers will be able to view the Icflix library of content for a monthly fee of BD3 (€7.14) that will also include a one-month free trial or a […]

Icflix partners with Viva Bahrain

Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has struck a partnership with Saudi Telecom Company Group-owned VIVA Bahrain. Through the deal, VIVA customers will be able to access Icflix’s catalogue of movies, TV shows, cartoons and documentaries for BHD3 (€6.98) per month. VIVA subscribers will be able to access the content on up to […]

Bahrain suspends broadcast of Alarab news channel

Bahrain’s government has suspended the broadcast of the recently launched Alarab news channel, citing non-compliance with broadcast regulations. In a statement, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said that the channel had failed to match regional and international standards related to “stemming the tide of extremism and terrorism throughout the region and the wider world.” It also […]

Alarab News Channel goes live

The Bahrain-based Alarab News Channel went live yesterday, broadcasting 24-hours a day across the Middle East and North Africa. The Arab-language news channel, which is backed by billionaire businessman and member of the Saudi royal family Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, claims it will provide an “objective, fresh and unbiased view of […]

Alarab TV taps Elemental

Alarab TV, the new Middle East news channel backed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talalm has chosen Elemental to deliver technology to support its live linear and multiscreen offerings.  The Bahrain-based channel, for which Bloomberg is supplying a programming block, will deliver a mix of news programming as well as regular news roundups and travel content. […]

Appear TV extends F1 video processing

Video processing platforms provider Appear TV has been chosen to provide additional TV reception and distribution systems for Formula One circuits around the world. The firm will provide its TV systems this year at Austria’s Red Bull Ring Spielberg and Thailand’s Buriram circuit, which is set to host its first Formula One race in 2015. […]