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, […]

MENA pay TV numbers to top 21 million by 2020

The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will reach 21.3 million in 2020, doubling over the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that 18% of TV households in the MENA region legitimately paid for TV signals by the […]

Pay TV now reaches 4.35 million subscribers in MENA

The pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) grew rapidly in 2013, reaching 4.35 million subscribers at the end of the year, up more than 14% year-on-year, according to IHS. The research firm’s annual Middle East Media Market Monitor claims that 9.4% of households in the MENA region now subscribe to […]

Nine in 10 MENA households now taking satellite TV

Over nine out of 10 housheholds in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa now take satellite TV for pay TV and free-to-air services, up from two thirds four years ago, according to satellite operator Eutelsat’s latest survey. Out of a population base of 77.1 million TV homes, 92% of TV homes take […]

Discovery launching TLC in Middle East, North Africa

The international division of Discovery is launching its TLC HD channel in the MENA region, sealing a carriage deal with OSN. The pay TV platform will exclusively carry the female-skewing channel on its service. The channel will be programmed with international and US TLC content as well as showcasing content from Discovery’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey […]

Partners prep MENA second screen app Synclie

Digital Media Services, the digital media arm of Choueiri Group, and AJ Consulting subsidiary SynkOnAir have partnered to launch a second screen app called Synclie in the Middle East and North Africa region. The app will use automatic content recognition technology to sync with TV shows and adverts, offering up the likes of cast details, […]

Brightcove opens Dubai hub for MENA

Online TV specialist Brightcove is to open a new office in Dubai as part of its plan to expand in the Middle East. The new office, which will be the central hub for the company in the Middle East and North Africa, will be led by Brahim Laraiki, regional director for Middle East and Africa. […]

Sundance Channel HD launches in MENA

The Sundance Channel is set to launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) thanks to a deal between AMC/Sundance Channel Global and regional pay TV operator OSN.  The network will be available exclusively on OSN from January 15 and will be available to subscribers of the operator’s Platinum HD and Premier HD packages. Sundance […]

Connected TV market surging in MENA

The connected TV market is rapidly evolving in the Middle East and Africa with increasing sales of connected device fuelling demand for OTT, cloud and multiscreen services, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.  The research firm said 6.5 million tablets were sold across the Middle East and Africa in 2012, with this figure forecast to […]