Saudi Arabia


MBC migrating services to Arabsat

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group is transferring its channels to the Arabsat satellite platform through a strategic partnership with the satellite operator. MBC and Arabsat said that some channels would be exclusive to Arabsat and that the pair would focus on providing reliable set-top boxes to ensure a high-quality viewing experience. MBC Pro Sports, which […]

Selevision taps Verimatrix for hybrid TV offering

Content security provider Verimatrix has been chosen by Saudi Arabia-based service provider and technology provider Selevision to provide technology to protect security on its new Seevii hybrid IPTV and OTT entertainment service.  Seevii offers 200 channels in HD and SD in addition to restart TV, catch-up TV, and EPG and video-on-demand services. The service is […]

Netflix launches in 130 new countries

Netflix has launched in 130 new countries including India, Nigeria, Singapore and Turkey, company CEO Reed Hastings announced at CES. In a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hastings said: “I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix on in Azerbaijan, […]

Icflix partners with Viva Bahrain

Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has struck a partnership with Saudi Telecom Company Group-owned VIVA Bahrain. Through the deal, VIVA customers will be able to access Icflix’s catalogue of movies, TV shows, cartoons and documentaries for BHD3 (€6.98) per month. VIVA subscribers will be able to access the content on up to […]

LBC claims victory in Bin Talal lawsuit

The international arm of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation has claimed victory in its legal dispute with Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal. LBCI has won back rights to the LBC Europe, LBC America, LBC Australia, LBC Africa and LBC Maghreb channel brands, for which they must pay US$1 (€0.90), and Bin Talal will also face […]

Popcornflix expands into Middle East, Latin America

Free movie and TV show streaming app Popcornflix has launched in 36 new countries – including 16 countries in the Middle East and 16 in Latin America.  Announcing the expansion at MIPTV in Cannes, Popcornflix said its Middle-Eastern footprint includes Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, while in Latin America the service is available in countries including Mexico and Argentina. The other four […]

Starz SVoD service to debut in MENA

Starz’s international subscription on-demand platform will makes its worldwide debut in the Middle East and North Africa. Starz Play Arabia launches on April 2 in 17 territories throughout the region, offering consumers premium content from the US cable channel on-demand. Starz developed its local offer with Parsifal Entertainment Group, with Maaz Sheikh, who was chief […]

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 […]

Arabsat completes Saudi hub upgrade for STC

Middle East satellite operator Arabsat has completed the implementation of a project with Saudi telco STC to to renew and upgrade the latter’s satellite hub in Riyadh, with the goal of supporting STC’s position in providing premium satellite communication and broadband services to both private and governmental sectors. “The multi-million dollars renewal allows reliable communications […]

Selevision teams with Arabsat to launch Middle East HbbTV platform

Saudi Arabia-based technology provider Selevision has teamed up with satellite operator Arabsat to launch what the pair say will be the first HbbTV-based service in Middle East and North Africa region. The Service will be provided to Arabsat customers from Jordan Media City, via service provider Du in the UAE and via Overon in Spain. […]