OSN strikes Warner Bros output deal

OSN has struck a new output deal with Warner Bros. The deal gives the Middle Eastern pay TV platform exclusive rights to a raft of TV and film content from the studio. The pair already had a programming deal, with the new agreement running until 2020. OSN will show several series day-and-date with the US, […]

OSN hails Ajman piracy crackdown

Officials in the UAE Emirate of Ajman have conducted a series of raids on retail outlets to combat piracy in an initiative pushed by pay TV operator OSN. Following a recent crackdown on piracy in neighbouring Dubai, Abdullah Ahmad Al Ali and Abdulaziz Qaed Murad from Ajman’s Department of Economic Development (DED) conducted raids in […]

Nickelodeon joins OSN Play online service

Children’s network Nickelodeon has launched on OSN Play, the online TV service from Middle East and African pay TV operator OSN.  Nickelodeon HD will be available to live-stream on OSN Play, strengthening the service’s channel line-up which also includes networks like OSN Sports Cricket HD, Food Network and Sky News. At the same time, Viacom […]

CNBC extends distribution deal with OSN

Business news channel CNBC has renewed its distribution deal with Middle East pay TV operator OSN. OSN will also make CNBC content available on its OSN Play online on-demand platform.  “Our priority is to provide the largest breadth of premium content that meets all requirements from our subscribers. Having built our credentials as the home […]

OSN taps Imagine for sports transmissions

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has tapped technology provider Imagine Communications to upgrade its sports transmission infrastructure.  According to Imagine, OSN needed to upgrade its existing server network, largely dedicated to its sports channels, to meet rising demand for HD content, with a requirement to ingest 12 simultaneous streams and support a minimum of […]

Viacom to launch Nick and MTV channels on OSN

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is expanding its offering in the MENA region with the launch of Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD on OSN’s pay TV platform.  The two kids channels and one music channel will launch on January 5 and will join VH1, which VIMN already offers in the Middle East […]

OSN adds new linear channels to fast-growing OTT service

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has added three new live channels to its OTT TV service OSN Play and has claimed a 60% increase in subscriber registrations and a fourfold increase in viewership for the platform. OSN has added BSkyB’s news channel Sky News, AMC Networks-owned kids channel JimJam and Scripps Networks’ Food Network […]

Kipco rejects US$3.2 billion offer for OSN stake

Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco) has reportedly rejected a US$3.2 billion (€2.4 billion) offer from an unnamed US private equity group for a majority stake in pay TV operator OSN. The private equity group’s offer comprised US$2.4 billion in cash and a further UIS$800 million that would have been subject to certain conditions being met, for […]

WWE in exclusive deal with OSN

Wrestling organisation WWE has truck a deal with Middle East pay TV provider OSN to provide its content, including flagship TV show Monday Night Raw, exclusively to OSN subscribers. The show will air live on OSN, which will be WWE’s exclusive MENA pay TV partner between now and 2019. WWE will also 0rovide programming including […]

Kipco receives offer for OSN

Kipco, the majority owner of Middle East pay TV provider OSN, has received an offer for the company from an unspecified bidder. Kipco said it would evaluate the non-binding confidential offer and present it its board and minority ownership partner Mawarid Group. The group didn’t identify the buyer or the price. Dubai-based brokerage firm Arqaam […]