Middle East and North Africa

Omdia: MENA pay TV faces shift to OTT and break up of sports rights

The TV business in the Middle East and North Africa region faces big changes over the course of next year as satellite pay TV operators switch to offering OTT services to take on cord cutting, sports rights holders move to selling rights on a country-by-country basis and OTT providers start to invest significant amounts in […]

Satellite reception in MENA continues to grow

Homes with satellite TV reception in the Middle East and North Africa have increased by 7% over the last year to number 59 million, according to research by satellite operator Eutelsat. According to Eutelsat’s survey on TV trends in MENA, satellite TV reception in the region has continued to increase its market-share compared to terrestrial […]

OSN and NBCU to launch Syfy in MENA

NBCUniversal International Networks’ Syfy channel is due to launch exclusively in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) via operator OSN next month. The science fiction entertainment channel will go live on July 8, offering original series, movies, Japanese animation, science fiction and fantasy programmes for OSN subscribers in the region – with Arabic subtitles […]

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 […]

beIN Sport to roll out across MENA with Pace

Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sport has chosen Pace to deliver home media servers and HD set-top boxes to enable it to roll out its service across the Middle East and North Africa. BeIN Sport is offering a range of sports to subscribers in the region, recently adding Formula 1 motorsports to its list of rights in […]

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 […]

Viewsat targets MENA with second transponder

Satellite service provider ViewSat is doubling its broadcast capacity in the Middle East and North Africa with the launch of its second satellite transponder.  This is positioned in the 7/8 degrees west orbital neighbourhood, with the company also announcing that it has installed a 9m antenna at its UK headquarters to uplink channels in this market. […]