Middle East


CNBC goes live from Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi

Business and financial news network, CNBC, has broadcast live from its new Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi for the first time today. The new studios, based within Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) will act as CNBC’s hub in the Middle East and the broadcaster will use the new facility to deliver business news programming […]

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 […]

Iflix strikes deal with Lego for Africa and the Middle East

‘Asian Netflix’ iflix has struck a deal with Lego Systems to launch a dedicated Lego channel in Africa and the Middle East. Iflix, which has targeted both Africa and the Middle East for expansion, has struck a two-year distribution deal with the iconic toy manufacturer to add a range of Lego series to its content […]

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 […]

Fox taps Ericsson for Middle East broadcast services

Ericsson has agreed an exclusive multi-year contract with Fox Networks Group Middle East to provide playout, media management and global distribution services for three new HD channels. The channels – Fox Crime, Fox Life and Fox Rewayat – launched last month and are broadcast from Ericsson’s broadcast and media services hub in Abu Dhabi. The […]

Middle East content creators ‘need shows with international appeal’

Producers of original drama and other original content in the Middle East need to create shows that can work outside the region and to think more internationally, according to a panel of Arabic producers and broadcasters at MIPCOM in Cannes. Netflix’s Narcos was cited as an example of content that is related to a specific […]

Netflix secures first Middle East original

Netflix has ordered an Adel Karam stand-up comedy special, its first original production in the Middle East. The Lebanese comedian will see his debut on Netflix worldwide in 2018. Kamal will go back to his hometown to record his performances, appearing in Beirut’s Casino du Liban. Produced by Creative Arab Talent, Karam will tackle everything […]

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