MENA


BeIN Media Group to launch MENA Olympic Channel

BeIN Media Group has struck a partnership with the Olympic Channel to air Olympic-themed programming blocks, leading to the launch of a 24/7 linear channel in MENA in November. BeIN Media will initially air an Olympic Channel-branded eight hour programming block on BeIN Sports’ freet-to-air channel today, providing a trailer for the full-time service. Branded […]

MBC Group invests in online travel company Wego

MBC Group has invested in Middle East and North African online travel marketplace, Wego. The Middle East broadcast group said that it has invested a “significant amount” to accelerate Wego’s growth across the region, and that it will heavily promote Wego’s mobile apps and website across MBC’s platforms. “I believe that applying MBC’s brand amplification […]

Over-the-top revenues to quadruple in MENA region

Over-the-top video revenues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to more than quadruple between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. Digital TV Research predicts that OTT TV episodes and movies will generate revenues of US$1.75 billion by 2022, up from US$428 million in 2016, as subscription video-on-demand’s dominance over the […]

Internet ‘transforming traditional TV viewing’ in MENA

The boom in smartphone and internet penetration is transforming traditional TV viewing patterns in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to Frost & Sullivan. The business consulting firm’s research described a “vast, fertile market for over-the-top (OTT) video services” that has sprung up in the MENA region and said that the presence of […]

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 […]