Middle East


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 […]

Amazon Web Services to open Middle East data centres by 2019

Amazon Web Services is due to build new infrastructure and open data centres in the Middle East by early 2019, enabling customers to offer lower-latency web services in the region. Amazon said that the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three ‘Availability Zones’ at launch, and added it will launch an AWS […]

beIN Media agrees new three-year security deal with Irdeto

Pay TV network beIN Media has agreed a new three-year deal with digital security specialists Irdeto. beIN will be use Irdeto’s conditional access solution and security services to deliver live sports and entertainment content to customers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. “As a growing brand providing premium content across the MENA […]

France 24 launches HD services in Middle East

French international news channel France 24 has launched two HD channels, France 24 HD in English and France 24 HD in Arabic, on Arabsat’s Badr 4 satellite. The Arabic HD channel is exclusive to Arabsat in the region. France 24 already broadcasts France 24 in standard definition in French, English and Arabic on the Badr […]

OSN launches new streaming service

Middle East pay TV platform OSN has launched a new streaming service, Wavo, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Wavo offers a mix of live and catch-up TV, movies, series and a mix of western and Arabic content, according to the pay TV outfit. The service is targeted primarily at the growing […]

BeIN Media secures raft of CBS content

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media has struck a new multiplatform licensing deal with CBS Studios International, giving it access to a raft of CBS and CW programming. The deal means that BeIN Media channels will broadcast CBS series including Macgyver, The Good fight, Bull, Salvation and The Late, Late Show with James Corden […]

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 […]