Bahrain telco launches online TV service

Bahrain-based telco Batelco has launched a online TV service, Batelcom Play, available to users via any ISP with a minimum connection speed of 256kbps. The service is accessible via smartphones, iPads, other tablet and PCs. Batelco Play will offer a selection of Arabic and international movies on a pay-per-view basis from BHD0.80 (€1.60).

Atyak chooses Envivio for multiscreen service

Bahrain-based IPTV operator Atyaf has selected Envivio’s Muse software-based encoding solutions for its live and on-demand TV Everywhere services.  
Atyaf’s recently-launched multiscreen service offers over 130 channels in multiple adaptive bit-rate profiles for delivery to connected TVs, PCs, Android and Apple iOS devices. In its new multiscreen headend, Atyaf is using Envivio Muse Live and […]

Arabsat on defensive over Bahrain pull out

Satellite operator Arabsat has criticised media coverage of Bahrain’s Radio and Television Union’s decision to stop broadcasting its bouquet of channels on Arabsat’s Badr 4 satellite at 26° East. Coverage has focused on Bahrain’s decision being a response to the transmission of Iranian channels on the satellite that allegedly incited sectarian strife in the troubled […]

PlayBox completes Noorsat expansion

PlayBox Technology has completed the supply and installation of 15 new playout channels for Middle East satellite service provider Noorsat. This is Noorsat’s latest phase of channel expansion, which takes its total number of PlayBox playout channels to 120. Noorsat’s technical operations are based in Manama, Bahrain.

Bahrain approves international channels

Bahrain is set to launch a number of international channels after receiving approval from the country’s media authority. The Information Affairs Authority is to launch the Quran Channel and the Bahrain International Channel via satellite and is also prepping the launch of a high definition channel. The Quran Channel is a religious channel that will […]

Bahrain planning Dubai Media City rival

Bahrain is eyeing the launch of a media city to rival Dubai Media City and twofour54 in Abu Dhabi and plans to launch an international news and entertainment channel as part of its plans. The country’s information affairs authority president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said it was in talks with international broadcasters to […]