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Israeli internet video services could face same rules as pay TV

Internet video services such as local online providers Partner Communications and Cellcom could soon be subject to tougher rules and obligations if proposed new rules are approved by Israel’s parliament. According to local reports, the country’s Cable and Satellite Council in conjunction with the country’s justice and finance ministries has been working on a draft […]

Altice bounces back with subscriber gains

Altice France bounced back in operational terms in Q1, growing its base for the first time since Altice took control of SFR. The group added 71,000 net new customers compared with a loss of 35,000 for the same quarter last year. Altice France added 96,000 new fibre customers, boosted by higher additions and much reduced […]

Spacecom secures deal with Nepal’s Dish Media Network

Nepalese DTH pay TV operator Dish Media Network has taken additional capacity on Spacecom’s Amos-4 satellite, which operates at the 65° East orbital slot. Dish Media Network operates Dishhome, a DTH pay TV offering with nationwide coverage. The service plans to expand its offering, adding more HD channels and launching UHD services. Dishhome’s capacity on […]

Yes partners with Harmonic on UHD HDR channel

Israeli DTH provider Yes has partnered with Harmonic to launch a live ultra high definition (UHD), high dynamic range (HDR) channel. Yes has selected Harmonic’s software-based Electra encoding platform to deliver high-quality UHD-HDR linear video content to more than one million subscribers. “Our goal was to become the first broadcaster in the region to deliver […]

Spacecom’s Amos-17 now in production

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, has completed its ‘critical design review’ and is now in production. The satellite, which is specifically designed for Africa, is scheduled for launch in early 2019 and will operate at the 17° East orbital slot. Amos-17, which will strengthen Spacecom’s coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, […]

Netflix orders Israeli dramas from Fauda pair

Streaming service Netflix has commissioned a pair of dramas from the Israeli creative team behind Yes thriller Fauda. The series are a currently untitled drama inspired by a real-life CIA and Mossad operation, while the other is Hit and Run, a political espionage thriller. Both shows come from Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, who created […]

Al Jazeera denounces Israeli shutdown

Al Jazeera has denounced the Israeli government’s decision to close Al Jazeera Media Network’s bureau in Jerusalem and revoke the media credentials of its journalists. Al Jazeera spoke out after Israeli Communications Minister, Ayoub Kara, said during a press conference at the weekend that the government also planned to shut down Al Jazeera’s cable and […]

Netflix localises in Israel

Netflix has localised its service in Israel, introducing local language versioning and billing in local currency, as will as offering Israeli TV shows. Netflix Israel will now be available at ILS29.90 (€7.18) a month. The service is also available via Partner TV, the TV service recently launched by mobile operator Partner Communications. According to Netflix, […]

Viceland to launch in Israel

Global youth media company Vice will launch its 24-hour television network, Viceland, in Israel later this month. The channel will be carried by Partner Communications’ newly created TV platform, Partner TV. Viceland programming will be made accessible as part of its next-gen OTT service. At launch, Viceland Israel programming will include: docuseries Jungletown (created by […]

Ginx Esports TV launches on Cellcom Israel

Ginx Esports TV is to launch on the Israeli mobile operator Cellcom’s OTT platform. The eSports and gaming channel, which Ginx says is available in over 45 million homes across 80 countries, will launch on Cellcom Israel’s recently launched TV platform. Cellcom, the biggest Israeli mobile phone operator, which has about 2.8 million subscribers, launched […]