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 […]

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 […]

Starz Play renews Warner Bros. deal

Starz’ MENA-focused OTT service has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. The news comes soon after Starz Play Arabia secured an agreement with another studio, Fox, as first reported by DTVE’s sister title TBI. The new Warner Bros. deal gives Starz Play new TV and films from the studio for the 19 countries it […]

Scripps launches HGTV in MENA

Scripps Networks Interactive is launching its HGTV channel in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time in partnership with local pay TV operator BeIN Media Group. Scripps has agreed a deal with BeIN to launch lifestyle channels HGTV and Travel Channel. Travel Channel will be available from August 1, bringing content […]

BeIN to launch 4K Ultra HD satellite receiver in MENA

Pay TV operator BeIN has launched an Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K satellite TV receiver in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The new box offers DVR functionality and BeIN claims it is the first 4K receiver to launch in the MENA region. The device launches ahead of this year’s Euro Championship football tournament, where […]

IHS: Number of MENA pay TV homes grew 10% last year

The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region jumped 10% last year and revenues passed €1 billion for the first time, according to IHS. The research firm’s ‘Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Market Monitor’ report said the number of pay TV homes in the region climbed […]

Motorvision TV increases MENA footprint

Germany’s Motorvision TV is extending its reach in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by launching on six additional platforms.  The automotive-themed network has partnered with Dubai-based pay TV provider My-HD, making the channel available on My-HD’s My Maghreb and My Arab packages in countries including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, […]

Exclusive content drives MENA pay TV growth

Pay TV operators in the Middle East and North Africa region are looking to exclusive programming to build their subs bases and subscribers and revenues will increase sharply between now and 2021, according to new research. Digital TV Research says the number of pay TV homes in the MENA region will have doubled between 2010 […]

Icflix strikes set-top box partnership with Humax

Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has partnered with Humax to integrate the Icflix app directly into Humax Android set-top boxes for the Gulf region. Humax’s new H1 Android set-top box will be the first OTT set-top box in the MENA region to bring together customised local content such as Icflix, according to […]

IPTV now available in nine MENA countries

Fourteen service providers across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) now offer IPTV services, according to research firm Arab Advisors Group. The ‘IPTV in the Arab World 2015’ report claims that IPTV is still developing and in its “initial stage of penetration” in the region, but is now available in Bahrain, […]