OSN adds Arabic version of Investigation Discovery

Middle East pay TV broadcaster OSN is to begin offering true crime channel Investigation Discovery dubbed in Arabic as well as English. The addition of a dubbed version of ID on July 1 will boost the number of localised services on OSN. The platform includes over 20 subtitled movie channels, eight TV series channels, 12 […]

OSN launches OTT service

Middle Eastern pay TV platform OSN has launched online TV service allowing its subscribers to watch content on connected devices. Go by OSN will cost the pay TV operator’s subs US$10 (€7.30) a month and allow them to tune into content carried on the OSN channels. The pay platform has programming deals with all of […]

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 […]

Kipco reveals plans to float OSN this year

Middle East investment group Kuwait Projects Co (Kipco) has said it plans to take pay TV operator OSN public within the next few weeks, according to local reports. Kipco vice-chairman Faisal Al Ayyar told journalists in Kuwait City that market conditions are now right for an IPO and that the process would be kicked off […]

Discovery launching TLC in Middle East, North Africa

The international division of Discovery is launching its TLC HD channel in the MENA region, sealing a carriage deal with OSN. The pay TV platform will exclusively carry the female-skewing channel on its service. The channel will be programmed with international and US TLC content as well as showcasing content from Discovery’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey […]

Sundance Channel HD launches in MENA

The Sundance Channel is set to launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) thanks to a deal between AMC/Sundance Channel Global and regional pay TV operator OSN.  The network will be available exclusively on OSN from January 15 and will be available to subscribers of the operator’s Platinum HD and Premier HD packages. Sundance […]

Arqaam raises OSN valuation ahead of possible IPO

Dubai-based Arqaam Capital has raised its estimate of pay TV group OSN’s worth from US$2.5 billion (€1.8 billion) to US$4.3 billion ahead of the company’s potential IPO. Arqaam said that OSN’s acquisition of South Asian channel provider Pehla Media & Entertainment in August would boost its performance. According to Arqaam, OSN posted revenue growth of […]

Arab pay TV channels top 150 but FTA still reigns

The four leading satellite pay TV operators covering the Arab world now offer a combined total of 151 channels, according to research by Arab Advisors Group. OSN is the leader in terms of the number of channels it offers among the four, which together with OSN is comprised of Al Jazeera Sports+, Abu Dhabi Sports […]

OSN signs exclusive first-run deal with Disney

Middle East pay TV broadcaster OSN has signed a content deal with The Walt Disney Company giving it exclusive first-run subscription service rights to Disney movies, ABC Studios series and Turkish adaptations of ABC Studios series. As part of the deal, OSN has extended its agreement with Disney for carriage of Disney Channel, Disney XD […]

OSN acquires South Asian channel provider Pehla

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has acquired South Asian channel provider Pehla Media & Entertainment. The company, which will now be renamed OSN Pehla provides about 40 channels in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam aimed at expatriate workers living in the Middle East and North Africa. In OSN’s home market of the UAE, […]