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OSN ups Tillieux to CEO as Stewart departs for SKY NZ

OSN has appointed board member and former Red Bee and ProSiebenSat.1 executive Patrick Tillieux as its new CEO, as current chief exec Martin Stewart takes the top job at SKY Television in New Zealand. Tillieux has been on the Middle East pay TV operator’s board for two years and is the chairman of its executive […]

Kipco in move to sell OSN

Kuwait Projects Co (Kipco) has hired Goldman Sachs to advise it on the sale of Middle East pay TV operator OSN, according to a Reuters report, citing unnamed sources. Kipco owns a 60.5% majority stake in the pay TV outfit. It had previously hired Rothschild in 2013 to evaluate strategic options for the business, including […]

OSN launches new all-inclusive pricing model for WAVO

OSN has changed the pricing structure of its online streaming service, WAVO, from various skinny bundle options to an all-in-one tariff. OSN’s new all-inclusive price gives viewers in the Middle East access to WAVO’s full line-up of entertainment, movie and sports for US$9.99 per-month. The previous pricing structure offered WAVO Entertainment for US$9.99 per month; […]

OSN launches co-branded Disney film channel

Middle East and North African pay TV provider OSN has partnered with Disney to launch a co-branded film channel. OSN Movies Disney HD is due to launch on March 1, 2018 and will broadcast a mixture of old and new Disney titles, included animated and live action films. New movies will appear on the channel […]

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 […]

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 […]

OSN welcomes arrest of illegal cable operators

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has welcomed the arrest of three individuals alleged to be behind a large-scale illegal cable operation in Kuwait. According to Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), three Indian men have been arrested after successful raids in a residential area of Salmiya, where they had been operating a sophisticated illegal cable […]

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 […]

OSN launches kids channel with Mega Max Media

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has launched a new kids channel, OSN Kids Zone, in partnership with Mega Max Media and Middle East distributor Magmedia International. The channel, aimed at kids aged two to eight, incudes shows such as Barney & Friends, Thomas & Friends, Transformers Rescue Bots, Heroes of the City and My […]

Paramount Channel added to OSN

Viacom has agreed an expanded deal with OSN and its Nickelodeon, NickToon and Paramount Channel will now all be carried on the Middle Eastern pay TV platform. The Teen Nick On Demand service will also be added as part of the new deal. Paramount Channel, which internationally is movie-focused although a new Paramount net is […]

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