Starz Play Arabia

Starz to debut in Canada as Lionsgate ramps up integration and international expansion

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada, while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised closer integration between the studio and Starz to fuel the latter’s international growth, and an eventual breaking out of international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials. Starz has […]

Starz Play Arabia to make first originals after closing US$125m

Starz Play Arabia has raised US$125 million (€110 million) to date after closing a third round of funding and plans to make its first push into original content. In an interview with DTVE, Starz Play CEO Maaz Sheikh said that the company is looking to produce original Arabic shows, and is also hoping to launch […]

Starz Play renews Warner Bros. deal

Starz’ MENA-focused OTT service has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. The news comes soon after Starz Play Arabia secured an agreement with another studio, Fox, as first reported by DTVE’s sister title TBI. The new Warner Bros. deal gives Starz Play new TV and films from the studio for the 19 countries it […]

Starz Play Arabia raises funding to expand service

Starz Play Arabia has raised a “multi-million dollar” funding round, which it plans to use to expand its services and partnerships. Existing investors including SEQ Capital Partners, and new investors including Delta Partners Capital, led the funding in the Middle East and North African streaming service. Starz said that Starz Play has achieved double–digit month-on-month […]

Starz Play plans African, Asian OTT expansion

Over-the-top service Starz Play is planning to move outside of the Middle East and North Africa as part of a 2017 expansion plan. Speaking exclusively to Digital TV Europe, Starz Play Arabia CEO and co-founder, Maaz Sheikh, said that the company plans to bring Starz Play to Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia next year. Sheikh said […]

Starz Play Arabia adds Arabic content to complement Hollywood fare

Starz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare. Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region a year ago, will bring about 1,000 hours of Arabic content to the platform, according to Saniel Jesse Bates, CCO, speaking on a panel session at TV Connect yesterday. Bates […]

Starz Play Arabia selects thePlatform for video management

Starz Play Arabia selected thePlatform to provide the back-end video management and publishing system for the Middle East and North African SVoD service. The Comcast subsidiary disclosed the deal today and said the agreement was struck with Swedish media group, Parsifal Entertainment Group, which partnered with Starz to launch Starz Play Arabia. The subscription service, […]

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 […]