OSN rebrands channels and launches new services

Middle East pay TV provider OSN Group has rebranded its exclusive 18 channels offering with a launch of nine new and revamped channels. OSN has given its exclusive 18 channel line-up a new look and feel. The revamped channels include dedicated Arabic content services OSN Yahala, OSN Yahala Bil Arabi and OSN Yahala Aflam alongside international content-focused services OSN […]

UAE’s e& becomes Vodafone’s biggest shareholder

e&, the UAE state-backed service provider formerly known as Etisalat, has become Vodafone’s largest shareholder after taking an 9.8% stake in the mobile and fixed-line giant. e&, or Emirates Telecommunications Group Company, acquired t8he stake for US$4.4 billion, or around 130p per share, according to Bloomberg, representing a premium of around 10% on the company’s […]

OSN names Kawkabani as new CEO

Middle East pay TV operator OSN Group has named Joe Kawkabani as its new CEO, effective immediately. Kawkabani has been a board member and a close partner to the OSN leadership team working on the vision and strategy across all divisions. Kawkabani previously served as the group chief investment officer at KIPCO, OSN’s parent company. […]

E-Vision owner and Abu Dhabi investors to take majority stake in Starzplay Arabia

The owner of Middle East pay-TV operator E-Vision and Abu Dhabi-based investment group ADQ is to acquire a majority stake in MENA streamer Starzplay Arabia. A consortium, led by E-Visions telecoms parent e& (fka Etisalat Group), has struck a binding agreement to take a 57% stake in the SVOD, with the deal valuing the company […]

OSN launches new streaming offering OSN+

Middle East media outfit OSN Group has launched OSN+, a new premium streaming service that replaces the existing OSN streaming App.  The pay TV operator said that OSN+ marks the beginning of a new chapter for the group, embracing the growth opportunities presented by the growing MENA SVOD landscape. The group said that it was […]

Moonbug Kids lands on OSN

Moonbug Entertainment has partnered with MENA entertainment hub OSN to launch the first Moonbug Kids branded linear preschool kids’ channel in the region. Launching on 23 December, the channel will offer 24/7 access to Moonbug’s full collection of kids’ programming, including Cocomelon, Blippi, Morphle and Little Baby Bum. All content will be available in English, with Arabic and […]

ODMedia opens new office in Middle East

OTT technology provider and aggregator ODMedia has opened a new office to serve the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Based in Dubaï, the new office will be headed up by Fatme Kayed, who has previously worked for companies including Fanar Production, My-HD Media FZ, and Qtelmedia FZ, developing their businesses in the region. […]

E-Vision takes lead in MENA with new audience measurement system

UAE-based pay TV provider E-Vision has launched a new audience measurement initiative identifying audience preferences and trends from eLife, the Middle East’s largest IPTV service. The Television Audience Measurement (TAM) system identifies the number of views and the interests of TV viewers, so that TV stations can develop their programmes to match the desires of […]

M6 international channel secures distribution in Canada and UAE

Canal+-owned channel distributor Thema, as the distribution partner of M6 Group’s international channel, has announced two major launches for the channel in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Launched in 2019 in Africa, M6 International claims to bring together the best of M6 group programmes, for international viewers. The channel, which styles itself as “a […]

Etisalat taps Synamedia for SwitchTV streaming launch

UAE-based service provider Etisalat has tapped Synamedia’s cloud TV capability for the launch of its new direct-to-consumer streaming offering SwitchTV. The new service is based on Synamedia’s Infinite cloud TV platform and video network portfolio. Etisalat is leaning on Synamedia’s technology to deliver a multi-screen service with both free and premium live TV channels, catch-up […]

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