OSN opens Box of Wonders

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has launched a new offering with a new user interface and enhanced features called OSN Box of Wonders. According to OSN, Box of Wonders will offer MENA customers the region’s fastest content discovery journey, promising content discovery in just three clicks. Using AI technology and Machine Learning to optimise […]

Omdia: MENA pay TV faces shift to OTT and break up of sports rights

The TV business in the Middle East and North Africa region faces big changes over the course of next year as satellite pay TV operators switch to offering OTT services to take on cord cutting, sports rights holders move to selling rights on a country-by-country basis and OTT providers start to invest significant amounts in […]

OSN launches Binge Channel with Game of Thrones marathon

Middle East pay TV provider OSN is to launch a new linear Binge Channel in April that will offer what the company calls an uninterrupted marathon-viewing experience. The Binge Channel will kick off on April 1 with an offering of five back-to-back episodes of seasons one to seven of Game of Thrones every night from […]

OSN hails win in battle to keep DishTV India out of Gulf

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has hailed the decision of a UAE court to reject an appeal against the sentencing for piracy of an illicit DishTV India dealer in the country. The UAE’s highest Court, the Court of Cassation, sentenced the dealer to three-months imprisonment and a fine of AED 50,000 for infringing the […]

OSN officially launches low-cost Saudi Arabian offering El Farq

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is officially launching its new low-cost, no contract offering aimed at Saudi Arabia. The commercial launch of El Farq debut follows a research period and three-month testing phase carried out in the Kingdom, which OSN said that seen a positive response from customers and impressive sales growth. Saudi Arabian […]

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 […]

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