MENA


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 […]

BBC Earth launches across MENA, CBeebies debuts in Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

Netflix agrees first MENA operator deal with OSN

Netflix has agreed its first partnership in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with local operator OSN. OSN customers will be able to access Netflix’s library of content via OSN’s new set-top box, which is due to launch towards the end of the second quarter. They will also have the option to pay […]

Starz Play agrees new Etisalat deal

Starz Play has agreed a new five-year deal with Etisalat, which will distribute the Middle East and North Africa SVOD service via TV and mobile across its territories. The deal was agreed between Starz Play and Etisalat-owned content aggregator E-Vision and marks an extension of an existing partnership between the two companies. The partnership will allow […]

EY: online video revenues in MENA to grow by up to 35% annually

Online video revenues are projected to grow by 22%-35% annually in most markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region until 2021, according to a new report by EY. The Videonomics report claims that MENA digital consumption growth is among the highest in the world, thanks to a large youth population, fast-improving mobile […]

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