North Africa

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, […]

Pay TV booms in the Middle East

Pay TV revenues and subscriber numbers rose sharply across the Middle East and North Africa last year, according to new research. IHS says that region-wide revenues increased to €873 million (US$946.2 million) in 2014 from €702 million in 2013. Pay TV subscribers increased 12.4% year-on-year, taking the end-2014 total to 4.8 million. IHS said that […]

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 […]

Selevision teams with Arabsat to launch Middle East HbbTV platform

Saudi Arabia-based technology provider Selevision has teamed up with satellite operator Arabsat to launch what the pair say will be the first HbbTV-based service in Middle East and North Africa region. The Service will be provided to Arabsat customers from Jordan Media City, via service provider Du in the UAE and via Overon in Spain. […]

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 […]

Arab broadcasting union signs Eutelsat deal

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has agreed a multi-year contract for Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 21B satellite that provides reach over the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The ASBU will use the capacity for broadcast content exchanges between member broadcasters in a region extending from Morocco to Bahrain and from the Mediterranean […]

MENA pay TV revenues set to jump 83%

Pay TV revenues in the Middle East and North Africa are set to climb by more than 83% between 2010 and 2020, according to new stats by Digital TV Research.  The Digital TV Middle East & North Africa Forecasts report claims that total pay TV revenues in this region will climb from US$3.05 billion (€2.25 […]

Abu Dhabi Media wins Ultimate Fighting Championship

Abu Dhabi Media has struck a three-year multi-platform deal for broadcast and digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa with The Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation.  Abu Dhabi Media will offer coverage of over 30 live events alongside UFC Countdown and pre-fight weigh-ins. Abu Dhabi Sports will air original series including behind the scenes […]

Algerian deal for Eutelsat

Transmission services provider Télédiffusion d’Algérie has chosen Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite to extend the reach of Algerian TV and radio channels across North Africa and the Middle East. Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 72MHz transponder on the satellite at the 7°/8° West position to deliver Algeria’s existing public channels as well as new channels […]