beIN launches movie and entertainment channels in MENA

Sports and entertainment network beIN has expanded its platform with the launch of a range of movie and entertainment channels in the Middle East and North Africa. Announcing the move, beIN said that it is launching 24 entertainment channels in HD and that the company is positioning itself as a “comprehensive pay TV entertainment player” […]

Al Jazeera names AJ+ chief

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has named Dima Khatib as managing director of its digital-only news platform AJ+. Khatib joined Al Jazeera in 1997 as a broadcast journalist in Doha and later became a news producer. She has also been responsible for setting up Al Jazeera bureaus in China and Venezuela. AJ+ disseminates news via channels including […]

Qatar selling down stake in Vivendi

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has reduced stake in Vivendi, according to business news service BFMTV, which noted that Qatar Holding is no longer included in the French media giant’s list of principal shareholders. Qatar Holding acquired a 1.55% stake in Vivendi in 2011, later augmented to 2%, a holding worth around €450 million. It had […]

Mid East SVoD service icflix expands

Middle Eastern subscription on-demand service icflix has launched in Kuwait. Icflix has formed a strategic partnership with Ooredoo Kuwait to offer the platform locally. Ooredoo (formerly known as Qatar Telecom) will offer the service free for two months to its Shamel tier customers for a promotional period. Non-Shamel users can access the service for 2.4KD […]

MENA pay TV numbers to top 21 million by 2020

The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will reach 21.3 million in 2020, doubling over the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that 18% of TV households in the MENA region legitimately paid for TV signals by the […]

Es’HailSat taps SES unit for teleport build

Middle East satellite company Es’HailSat has tapped SES’s TechCom unit to provide technical expertise and engineering advice for the creation of a new teleport near Doha.  The teleport, which will be situated to the North of the Qatari capital, will provide satellite control and communications support for the Es’hail 2 satellite, and offer up-linking and […]

Es’hailSat order second satellite for 26° East

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has ordered its second satellite, which will be built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric (Melco). The satellite, Es’Hail 2, will be positioned at the Middle East hotspot of 26° East. It will have a Ku- and Ka-band payload and will provide TV distribution and government services as well as the first satellite […]

Al Gore suing Al Jazeera for allegedly withholding funds

Former US vice-president Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera, claiming the Qatar-based broadcaster has withheld US$65 million owed to him and a partner over the sale of Current TV. Gore and fellow Current TV founder Joel Hyatt have accused Al Jazeera of fraud and breach of contract. The filing, in a Delaware court, alleges that […]

Al Jazeera launches innovation unit

Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera has launched an Innovation and Research Group, which the company says will explore and create concepts, products and ideas “at the intersection of media, technology and popular culture”. The group will build a network of innovators in technology and media, to be grown via a series of conferences, local events, […]

Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite. The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East. Es’hailSat said the new satellite will significantly add to its capacity to deliver premium DTH services across the Middle East and North Africa. Es’hail 2 […]