MENA


MENA market focus – Listen to the latest episode of TV Watch now

The latest episode of Digital TV Europe’s podcast TV Watch is now live on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.  Hosted by DTVE deputy editor Jonathan Easton, TV Watch chats with figures from the industry to digest the biggest news and trends in the worlds of broadcasting, streaming and everything else to do with TV in Europe […]

beIN renews MENA Champions League rights in three-year UEFA deal

beIN MEDIA GROUP has agreed a major rights deal with UEFA. The three-year rights extension will see beIN SPORTS continue to serve as the exclusive broadcaster of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League along with the new the UEFA Europa Conference League across the 24-country region of MENA through to 2023/24. The […]

Saudi Arabia reportedly ends beIN blackout

Qatar’s beIN Sports was broadcast in Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in more than three years. The broadcaster had been the target of a Saudi state-sponsored piracy campaign dubbed beoutQ amid tensions between the nations and a trade blockade on Qatar. The Kingdom’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) also permanently cancelled beIN’s […]

Serie A launches country-by-country MENA broadcast rights tender

Italy’s Serie A has launched a 24-country broadcast rights tender in the MENA region. The news comes several months after the league launched its initial broadcast rights tender for the 2021/22-23/24 seasons, with that initial announcement not including the MENA region. The MENA tender will take a turn from the usual state of affairs in […]

VOD subscriptions in MENA to more than double by 2024

Subscription video-on-demand use will more than double in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including Turkey, between 2018 and 2024, according to Digital TV Research.  The company predicts there will be 26.51 million SVOD subscriptions by 2024, up from 11.31 million at the end of 2018, where an SVOD subscriber can have more […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV impacted by BeIN dispute

Pay TV revenues have declined in the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years thanks in to piracy, competition from OTT providers, falling revenue per user, and the Saudi-led ban on BeIN Media. This according to Digital TV Research’s latest ‘Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts’ report, which said that […]

BeIN Media secures English Premier League for another three years

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Sports has secured rights to English Premier League football in the region for the three seasons from 2019-22. The deal extends BeIN Sports’ grip on the Premier League and makes the pay TV platform the home Premier League football in MENA for at least the next four years. The […]

MENA set for big SVOD growth

The Middle East and North Africa region – including Turkey – will have 20.8 million subscription video-on-demand subscribers by 2023,up from 5.22 million at the end of last year, according to Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit’s Middle East and North Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report, Turkey will remain the market […]

IHS Markit: MENA pay TV in decline as SVOD subs grow 48%

Pay TV subscriptions declined in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2017 while online video subscriptions grew 48% year-on-year, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that MENA pay TV subscriptions fell 21% percent to 4.2 million in 2017, with the growth reversal linked to blocks on beIN Media – something […]

Starz Play claims more MENA market share than Netflix

Starz Play claims to have more market share in the Middle East and North Africa than rivals Netflix and Icflix. Citing IHS Markit stats that coincide with Starz Play’s third anniversary, the subscription video-on-demand player said it accounts for 26% of the MENA OTT market, compared to Netflix’s 16% and Icflix’s 11%. Starz Play also […]

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