Starzplay ties with Egypt’s VOD Watch It

Starzplay has struck a multi-year partnership with the Egyptian VOD Watch It, as the streamer expands into the Arabic market. The deal sees 12,000 episodes and over 200 Arabic films added to the Starzplay library, with Watch It subscribers having access to Starzplay entertainment catalogue that include first-run Hollywood shows and movie first-run Hollywood shows and […]

E-Vision and Egypt’s Etisalat Misr team up for new TV app

E-Vision, the streaming subsidiary of UAE-based Etisalat Group, has formed a partnership with Etisalat’s Egyptian mobile subsidiary Etisalat Misr to launch a new TV app that will provide English and Arabic movies, series and Ramadan productions to smart devices. The prepaid streaming service, Etisalat TV,allows Etisalat Misr’s customers to watch Arabic movies and English language […]

E-Vision taps Synamedia for multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service

UAE service provider Etisalat’s E-Vision subsidiary has chosen Synamedia’s Infinite platform to underpin a new multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service for the Middle East. The E-Vision service is already live in Egypt and is set for a launch in Saudi Arabia soon, with other markets to follow. The multi-tenant, cloud-based service is designed to give operators […]

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 partners with Orange in Egypt

Middle East and North African streaming service Icflix has partnered with Orange Egypt to offer its service to mobile users. Orange Egypt customers will be able to access thousands of hours of Hollywood, Bollywood and Jazwood (Arabic) content during their one-month free trial, after which customers will be able to continue their subscription for EGP49 […]

MENA pay TV revenue estimates downgraded

Digital TV Research has downgraded its pay TV revenue forecast for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by US$1 billion. The research firm now predicts that MENA pay TV revenues will reach US$4 billion in 2021, down from an earlier forecast of US$5 billion. “Along with long-running conflicts and slower economic growth, several […]

Egyptian tycoon Sawiris to take majority stake in Euronews

London-based Egyptian telecoms magnate Naguib Sawiris is to take a majority stake in Euronews under a plan adopted by the international news broadcaster’s board.  The news channel’s supervisory board has already approved a €35 million capital increase and authorised CEO Michael Peters to enter negotiations for 60 days for one of Sawiris’ investment vehicles to […]

Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition adds six members

The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has added six new members to its ranks, following its second meeting, which took place in Cairo. The new members are ART, IAA, The Egyptian Chamber of Commerce, Gulfsat, Rotana and WWE. At the meeting, coalition members agreed to “strengthen and speed up” the process of identifying pirated material, communicating details […]

MENA pay TV revenues set to jump 83%

Pay TV revenues in the Middle East and North Africa are set to climb by more than 83% between 2010 and 2020, according to new stats by Digital TV Research.  The Digital TV Middle East & North Africa Forecasts report claims that total pay TV revenues in this region will climb from US$3.05 billion (€2.25 […]

Netflix buys Egypt protest movement film in doc move

Streaming service Netflix has acquired an Oscar contending film about the recent Egyptian revolution as a first major acquisition in its original documentary initiative. The Square has won rave reviews at international film festivals and is expected to challenge for the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Oscar ceremony. This has prompted Netflix to acquire […]