Du chooses ChannelSculptor to manage channel portfolio

Middle East telecom operator Du has hired ChannelSculptor to aggregate free-to-air channels for its IPTV network. ChannelSculptor’s mena.tv initiative provides an platform to link up the myriad of TV channels and the growing number of IPTV networks in the region, according to the company. The announcement comes ahead of the Cabsat expo in Dubai. Ahmed […]

Du joins Europe-Southeast Asia cable consortium

UAE-based service provider du has joined an international consortium of telcos committed to building a cable system that will connect Southeast Asia to Europe through the Middle East.  South East Asia – Middle East -Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) is an undersea cable system that will connect 15 countries and will run for a length […]

Du reports profit drop but ‘solid growth’

UAE-based service provider du reported a drop in Q4 profits, but said that its business had experienced a year of “solid growth,” in line with expectations. Du said fourth quarter net profit was AED570 million (€113 million), up sequentially but down 43% year-on-year, while revenues climbed 8.3% compared with Q4 2012 to AED 2.87 billion. […]

Du appoints new CFO

UAE service provider du has appointed a replacement for chief finance officer, Mark Shuttleworth, who is set to leave the company early next year.  Amer Kazim will take over the post and is due to join the firm in December. He joins du from Dubai Airport, where he was senior vice president group services for […]

Du makes board appointment

United Arab Emirates-based IPTV and telecoms provider Du has appointed Hana Al Rostamani, an executive with more than 15 years of experience in banking and financial services, to its board.  Al Rostamani is currently head of Strategy and Planning at First Gulf Bank and was nominated by shareholder Emirates Investment Authority as a representative to […]

Du reports TV upturn

United Arab Emirates-based telco and IPTV provider Du reported a 6% year-on-year increase in TV customers in the first quarter of 2013.  Announcing its quarterly figures, Du said that it now has 124,000 TV customers, up from 118,000 a year earlier, and a 2% increase compared to last quarter, when the figure stood at 122,000. […]

Du teams up with Intelsat for distribution platform

UAE service provider du has teamed up with satellite operator Intelsat to jointly offer turnkey multichannel per carrier (MCPC) television programme distribution solutions on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68.5° East. The new MCPC platform, part of the IntelsatONE network, will enable programmers in the Middle East to reach viewers in the Middle East and […]

Du TV offers free channels

Middle Eastern pay TV operator Du TV is offering all subscribers free access to 136 premium channels during the Muslim holiday of Eid, which comes at the end of Ramadan. The Dubai-based pay operator will offer channels including AD Sports, ART, FirstNet, JSTV, OSN, Pehla and TFC, at no extra cost between August 28 and […]

On Demand Group signs deal with 20th Century Fox

SeaChange International-owned video-on-demand provider On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to expand video-on-demand services in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deal will see Fox movies made available on services supplied by ODG in Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Recent blockbusters including Gulliver’s Travels, […]