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OTT to overtake pay TV in MENA

OTT revenues are set to overtake pay TV in the MENA region over the coming years. According to new figures from Dataxis, the growth of local players such as Shahid VIP, Starzplay and OSN along with international streamers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will see OTT become the driving force in TV within five […]

Global content spend hit US$220 billion in 2020 with Disney leading charge

The gross cash spend on the global production and licensing of new content for streaming platforms reached a new high last year, rising by 16.4% in 2020 to reach $220bn, according to new research from UK-based firm Purely. Amid this boom, The Walt Disney Company emerged as the biggest single global spender on content in […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max hires exec from Mid-East streamer Shahid to lead in Lat Am

WarnerMedia has hired another senior exec from the Middle East’s MBC Group to lead its streaming service HBO Max in Latin America. Luis Duran will join the company in February as general manager of the SVOD in Lat Am, reporting into Johannes Larcher, who left MBC-owned streamer Shahid last year to become the head of […]

Omdia: MENA pay TV faces shift to OTT and break up of sports rights

The TV business in the Middle East and North Africa region faces big changes over the course of next year as satellite pay TV operators switch to offering OTT services to take on cord cutting, sports rights holders move to selling rights on a country-by-country basis and OTT providers start to invest significant amounts in […]