Egypt


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 […]

Al Jazeera accuses Egypt of blocking signal

Middle East broadcaster Al Jazeera has accused Egypt of jamming its Egyptian news service’s signals. According to the MediaGuardian website, the broadcaster accused Egypt of blocking its transmissions after commissioning detection specialist Integral Systems Europe to investigate the problem. Al Jazeera’s Egyptian service, Al Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasts on the Nilesat satellite platform, has been […]

Middle East ‘Netflix’ prepares summer launch

A new Middle East-based on-demand service has scored deals with Hollywood studios, Arabic content houses and Bollywood film providers ahead of its launch in June, DTVE’s sister publication TBI has learned. Dubai-headquartered icflix will be a hybrid SVOD/TVOD service launching across platforms in the Middle East and North Africa, and will also target Arabic ex-pats […]

Eutelsat feeds Egyptian satellite demand

Eutelsat’s subsidiary Skylogic has signed a six-year distribution deal with Egyptsat enabling the Egyptian operator to market its Tooway broadband service. Egyptsat is a licensed VSAT operator in Egypt, providing internet services to oil companies for offshore locations. Tooway will enable the company to offer satellite services for small offices and home users in industrial […]