MENA


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 […]

Eutelsat expands 7/8° West HD channel line-up

Eutelsat has grown the number of free-to-air HD channels it broadcasts in the 7/8° West video neighbourhood, which covers the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), by 44% year-on-year. Announcing the stats to coincide with the CABSAT Dubai trade show, Eutelsat said that as of this month it is now broadcasting more than 110 free-to-air […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV ARPU in decline

Pay TV revenues are set to grow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) between 2017 and 2023 but at a lower rate than subscription numbers, according to Digital TV Research. The Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report said the figures indicate that average revenues per user (ARPU) must be falling […]

Starz Play launches in LG Smart TVs

Middle East and North African streaming service, Starz Play, is now available as an app on selected LG Smart TVs in the MENA region. Starz Play COO and co-founder Danny Bates said that the partnership confirms the SVOD’s service’s ongoing efforts to up customer satisfaction. “With smart TVs being one of our viewers’ favorite streaming […]

Iflix appoints CEO of MENA region

Iflix has appointed former Mobily and Vodafone executive, John Saad, as CEO of Iflix Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With the hire the emerging markets SVOD service has upped current head of Iflix MENA, Nader Sobhan, to a new global role as strategic advisor, working closely with Iflix co-founder and group CEO Mark Britt. […]

Starz Play agrees deal with Orange Egypt

Middle East and North African subscription video-on-demand  service, Starz Play, has partnered with Orange Egypt. The deal gives Orange Egypt customers access to six months’ of access to the SVOD service, which features some 6,500 hours of content – including Hollywood movies and some TV shows that appear on the service on the same day […]

beIN Media agrees new three-year security deal with Irdeto

Pay TV network beIN Media has agreed a new three-year deal with digital security specialists Irdeto. beIN will be use Irdeto’s conditional access solution and security services to deliver live sports and entertainment content to customers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. “As a growing brand providing premium content across the MENA […]