Fox strikes OSN output deal

Fox has renewed its output deal with OSN. The deal gives the Middle Eastern pay TV platform rights to series and movies from the studio including 24: Legacy and Prison Break. Movies covered in the deal include X Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool. The agreement covers linear as well as digital windows, meaning pay TV subs can watch Fox content on TVs […]

OSN appoints former pay TV and FA executive as CEO

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has appointed the former director general of Spain’s Ono and chief financial officer of Sky in the UK, Martin Stewart, as its new CEO. The experienced executive, who is currently chief financial officer of The Football Association in the UK (The FA), is due to take up his new role […]

OSN and NBCU to launch Syfy in MENA

NBCUniversal International Networks’ Syfy channel is due to launch exclusively in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) via operator OSN next month. The science fiction entertainment channel will go live on July 8, offering original series, movies, Japanese animation, science fiction and fantasy programmes for OSN subscribers in the region – with Arabic subtitles […]

Disney Jr available on OSN in Arabic

The Disney Junior channel is now available on the OSN pay TV platform in the Middle East with a dedicated Arabic-language audio feed. The move will enable kids in the region to view  animated series such as Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The Lion Guard, Miles from Tomorrow and Doc McStuffins among others in […]

OSN names chief content officer

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has named Emad Morcos to the new position of chief content officer. Morcos will be responsible for driving OSN’s consolidated content strategy and is also mandated with the acquisition of programming rights across all OSN platforms. He was previously senior vice-president, media partners and digital at OSN. He has […]

OSN claims antipiracy success

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has claimed a series of wins against pirates in the region, following over 316 raids with the support of government authorities. Marking World Intellectual Property Day, OSN said that it had cooperated with authorities in all GCC countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as […]

Middle East launch for Comedy Central

Middle Eastern pay TV platform OSN has added the Comedy Central channel to its line-up. The Viacom channel will join stable mates MTV, Nickelodeon channels on OSN. Viacom International Media Networks has been aggressively rolling out its comedy net and it will launch on OSN on May 7. All of the content on the high definition […]

OSN launches new iPad app

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has launched a new iPad app that enables its subscribers to access their OSN Plus HD box remotely and search its library of on-demand and download-to-own content. The app also enables viewers to keep track of new channel listings and search for previously recorded shows. OSN’s app, which has been developed by […]

OSN retains House of Cards as Netflix makes first Arabic acquisition

UAE-based pay TV operator OSN has retained the rights to the fourth season of Netflix’s House of Cards, despite Netflix’s launch in the country earlier this year as part of its 130-territory expansion. The fourth season of the show is currently available on OSN Play, the operator’s online TV service, and will remain on this […]

OSN prepares the ground for 4K UHD with Eutelsat deal

Middle East pay TV provider OSN is taking additional capacity on Eutelsat 8 West B to support the expansion of its offering, including the introduction of 4K ultra HD channels. The pair unveiled a new contract at this week’s Cabsat show in Dubai. OSN will use the new capacity to launch ultra HD services and […]