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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. […]

Al Jazeera to cut 500 jobs worldwide

Al Jazeera Media Network has announced plans to cut roughly 500 jobs worldwide, the majority of which will be in Qatar.  The news broadcaster said the plans are part of an “optimisation initiative” that is linked to the “ongoing transformation of the media landscape” and follow a decision earlier this year to close its US TV […]

CBeebies to make Middle East and North Africa debut

BBC pre-school channel CBeebies is due to launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the first time as a full channel service in April. The children’s network will be available exclusively with an English audio feed to subscribers of satellite TV service beIN on channel 134, broadcasting 24-hours a day. “CBeebies […]

Al Jazeera taps Arqiva for global satellite distribution

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network has tapped media services provider Arqiva to provide its global teleport and satellite distribution services. As part of the long-term agreement, Arqiva will distribute Al Jazeera’s flagship news channels Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English to global networks. Arqiva said it will provide dual and triplicate redundancy on […]

Es’hailSat outlines future plans

Middle East satellite operator Es’hailSat plans to launch its Es’hail-2 bird by the end of this year, and discussions are underway with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for a third satellite, Es’hail-3, according to the company. The operator plans to place Es’hail-2 at the 26° East hotspot to enable it to continue to […]

beIN Media buys Miramax

The fast-growing Qatar-based beIN Media Group has bought US studio Miramax. The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, hands beIN 100% of the LA-based Miramax, which has been on the block since last year. Shareholders cashing out include Qatar Investment Authority and Colony Capital, who led a takeover of the studio six years […]

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