North Africa

Asian Netflix rival Iflix launches in Middle East in JV with Zain

South-East Asian SVOD provider Iflix is launching a version its service in the Middle East and North Africa in a joint-venture partnership with Kuwait-based mobile telecom operator Zain. Iflix Arabia will be headquartered in Dubai and will offers services wherever Zain is present in the region, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and […]

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 […]

China’s CCTV signs new channel distribution deal with Eutelsat

China Central Television (CCTV) has signed a distribution deal with Eutelsat to broadcast three of its channels in HD across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The long-term contract applies to three of CCTV’s flagship channels – CCTV-4, CGTN (formerly CCTV News) and CGTN-Documentary (formerly CCTV Documentary). The channels will all be available in […]

Starz Play Arabia raises funding to expand service

Starz Play Arabia has raised a “multi-million dollar” funding round, which it plans to use to expand its services and partnerships. Existing investors including SEQ Capital Partners, and new investors including Delta Partners Capital, led the funding in the Middle East and North African streaming service. Starz said that Starz Play has achieved double–digit month-on-month […]

Icflix launches on Xbox One

Middle East and North African over-the-top video service Icflix is now available on Xbox One consoles. Xbox One users in Middle East and North Africa will get a one-month free subscription, when they upgrade their account using any one of the methods of payments available. The monthly subscription for unlimited access to Icflix is priced […]

Turner launches HD, dual language kids network feeds in MENA

Turner is launching high definition and dual language options for its Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in the Middle East and North Africa. From this month the channels will be available in English and Arabic in the MENA region exclusively on beIN for DTH satellite customers and on compatible IPTV platforms. “We are thrilled to […]

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 […]

Erstream taps NexGuard for OTT watermarking

Middle East and North Africa-focused online video platform provider Erstream has chosen NexGuard to supply forensic watermarking for its platform. Erstream offers a OTT video delivery solution for live and on-demand, which includes multi-bitrate encoding, CDN delivery, edge storage, ingest and content management solutions, and is one of the major players in the MENA region. […]

Exclusive content ‘key for MENA pay TV’

Owning exclusive content is becoming the critical factor in driving pay TV subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new report. Research and Markets’s Digital TV Middle East and North Africa Forecasts report singled out emergent player beIN as one platform using exclusive shows and films to quickly grow its subscription […]

Exclusive content drives MENA pay TV growth

Pay TV operators in the Middle East and North Africa region are looking to exclusive programming to build their subs bases and subscribers and revenues will increase sharply between now and 2021, according to new research. Digital TV Research says the number of pay TV homes in the MENA region will have doubled between 2010 […]