UAE’s Evision launches dedicated golf channel for MENA region

E-Vision, the media and entertainment arm of UAE-based e& (formerly Etisalat), has launched a new golf channel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The launch follows the acquisition of exclusive MENA rights to the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour (2023/24), the 2023 Ryder Cup and the 2024 Presidents Cup. Called GolfLife, […]

Starzplay to invest in Arabic content for younger audience

Dubai-based Starzplay is on the lookout for Arabic scripted shows skewing towards a younger adult demographic as it pushes into original content. Starzplay co-founder and CEO Maaz Sheikh said that that the MENA streamer is particularly looking to appeal to the “17 to 35-year-old segment”, speaking to DTVE sister title TBI at the Media & […]

Middle East’s MBC Group could launch IPO in 2023

Middle Eastern pan-regional broadcaster and streamer MBC Group is working with HSBC Holdings and JPMorgan Chase on an IPO. Details about valuation and scope are sketchy at this stage, but a public listing could come as early as next year. Currently, MBC is 60% owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the balance in […]

Etilsalat adds two new SPI FilmBox channels to its line up

SPI/FilmBox, a Canal+ company, has inked a strategic agreement to introduce two new FilmBox channels to subscribers of Emirates-based telco Etisalat subscribers. “We are excited to expand on our agreement with Etisalat with the launch of two sought-after FilmBox channels in the region,” said Murat Muratoglu, head of distribution at SPI International. “Now, subscribers will be […]

SPI International Brings FilmBox channels to the Middle East with Etisalat

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and Emirates-based telecommunications company Etisalat have signed a strategic agreement to launch two new specialist FilmBox channels to subscribers in the Middle East, marking the debut of the channels in the region.  FilmBox Action and FilmBox Familywill be available starting October 1 on channels 654 and 655, respectively. FilmBox Action offers thrillers, Westerns, horror, sci-fi, […]

MBC moves HQ from Dubai to Riyadh

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group has opened a new headquarters in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The move to Saudi Arabia marks a key change for the Saudi-owned group, which was founded in the UK and has been based in Dubai in the UAE since 2002. The move from Dubai comes against the backdrop of a […]

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 […]

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