Qatar


QTel goes X Large with VOD

MENA-focused telco QTel is launching a premium video-on-demand service, On Demand Club. QTel runs the Mozaic IPTV service and its VOD offer will comprise movies, TV series, music videos and kids content. It will be launched by On Demand Group. The first movie available on the service will be X Large, which will cost Qatari […]

Al Jazeera signs satellite deal with Es’hailSat

Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera is partnering with Qatari satellite company Es’hailSat that will see the latter providing various satellite solutions. Es’hailSat will offer satellite capacity and develop orbital positions and ground services to support future expansion for Al Jazeera. Es’hailSat’s first satellite, Es’hail 1 is under construction and future satellite launches are planned. Sheikh […]

Lagardère names Qatari adviser, mulls sports tie-up

French media group Lagardère Unlimited has named Qatar national Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as an adviser. The move follows statements by Lagardère boss Arnaud Lagardère at the company’s annual meeting last week about developing potential partnerships with Qatar in the area of sports rights. Qatar owns a 12.8% in the French company.

Qatar becomes 2% shareholder in Vivendi

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has become a 2% shareholder in Vivendi after investing over €350 million over in the French media and telecom giant over the past few months, according to local reports. Qatar held 25 million Vivendi shares at the end of February, making it the ninth largest shareholder in the group. Vivendi is […]

Al Jazeera could launch IPO next year

Al Jazeera could launch an initial public offering in Qatar as early as next year, according to press reports. Olivier Gueris, chief operating officer of the Qatar exchange, told the Reuters news agency that Al Jazeera would like to list next year subject to regulatory approvals and market conditions. Gueris said that the Qatar government […]

Al Jazeera dismisses Kids channel chief and senior staff

The general manager and a swathe of senior staff at the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) have been dismissed, leaving international production partners in the dark about the future of their projects.
 DigitalTVEurope.net’s sister site TBIvision understands that general manager Mahmoud Bouneb (pictured) and up to 30 of the senior JCC management, including director of […]

Eros sells Bollywood fare to Middle East



Bollywood producer and distributor Eros has inked a video-on-demand deal and content deals with a trio of Middle Eastern pay TV services. Qatar Telecom has taken a package of 300 Eros-distributed Bollywood film titles and related Bollywood content will make them available on its QTEL VOD and subscription VOD service. 
Middle Eastern IPTV service Intigral […]

Al Jazeera to launch new sports channel

Al Jazeera Media Network is launching a sports news channel across the Middle East next month. The channel, which will be distributed via satellite platform Nilesat, will launch on November 1. This coincides with the 15th anniversary of Al Jazeera. The channel will cover all major international sports events and tournaments including the English, Spanish, […]

Qatar to launch raft of new channels


The Qatar Media Corporation is to launch a raft of new channels and is particularly eyeing a revamp of its sports channels. The corporation, which operates Qatar Television and Qatar Radio, is launching a new media strategy as it aims to develop the country’s media. Mubarak Jaham Al Kuwari, executive president of QMC, said that […]

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