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BeIN secures Australian cricket deal

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media Group has struck a deal with Cricket Australia to bring cricket to its BeIN Sports service for the first time. According to the company, the deal is the biggest ever cricket board rights deal for the region and will bring the best of Australian and international cricket to a […]

Al Jazeera denounces Israeli shutdown

Al Jazeera has denounced the Israeli government’s decision to close Al Jazeera Media Network’s bureau in Jerusalem and revoke the media credentials of its journalists. Al Jazeera spoke out after Israeli Communications Minister, Ayoub Kara, said during a press conference at the weekend that the government also planned to shut down Al Jazeera’s cable and […]

BeIN Media digital chief leaving

BeIN Media’s director of digital, Olivier Dufour, is leaving the company after five years to return to independent consultancy. “I am leaving #beIN after 5 thrilling years, with exceptional team. Now sharing vision & expertise as consulting with industry leaders,” Dufour said in a Tweet announcing his departure.  Dufour was charged with delivering BeIN Sports […]

Ooredoo taps Harmonic for 4K channel delivery

Qatar-based telecom operator Ooredoo has partnered with Harmonic on the delivery of 4K TV channels in the Middle East. Ooredoo launched what it claimed was the region’s first commercial 4K TV service last month and is using a Harmonic’s Electra video compression solution for all-IP environments. “The FunBox UHD channel is available today for all subscribers […]

BeIN Media adds new VOD services and channels

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has added multiple on-demand service and seven new channels to its offering. The video-on-demand services include a Box Office channel that will showcase Hollywood movies and include subscription and transactional options. BeIN said it would also offer comprehensive catch-up TV functionality. The operator has on-demand deals in place with […]

BeIN Media opens retail outlets across UAE

Qatar-based Middle East pay TV and media group BeIN Media has opened six retail outlets in the UAE, the home territory of its rival OSN, with plans to extend its retail presence to Abu Dhabi and further locations in Dubai in the next couple of months. The operator’s first six retails outlets are in the […]

BeIN Media passes Instagram milestone

BeIN Media has passed the social media milestone of having three million Instagram followers. The company said this made it part of an elite club of only a few companies in the MENA region to reach this figure, the fruit of a social media strategy targeting young sports fans. BeIN Media uses Instagram to offer […]

New Digitürk CEO named

Yousef Al-Obaidly has been named as the new CEO of Digitürk following the Turkish pay TV operator’s acquisition by BeIN Media Group. Al-Obaidly, who played a key role in the launch of BeIN Media and spearheaded the group’s entry into the French market, has been named to head up the Turkish outfit by BeIN Media […]

TMSF completes sale of Digitürk to BeIN Media Group

Turkey’s Saving Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) has completed the sale of pay TV operation Digitürk to Qatar’s BeIN Media Group. Digitürk was 53.3% owned by Çukurova Holdinga snd 46.7% owned by private equity group Providence Equity. Digitürk has an estimated 3.5 million subscribers. The sale price has not been disclosed by is reported to be […]

BeIN launches 360° video

Middle East pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media has begun publishing a range of 360° video content on its website. The operator said that the move was designed to enable sports fans to enjoy a stadium-like-experience, manoeuvring in every direction within the stadium. The company said it planned to add more 360° videos in the future. […]