Du taps CommScope for UHD set-top

UAE service provider du has tapped CommScope to supply its VIP7802 Ultra-HD set-top box. The VIP7802 is CommScope’s next-generation set-top box with a fast quad-core CPU, a Vulkan 3D-capable GPU, and dual-band Wi-Fi 6. The VIP7802 supports 4K UltraHD resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats. CommScope said it customized the VIP7802 platform to meet […]

E& launches new FAST and AVOD streamer Starz On

E&-owned media outfit Evision has launched a new FAST and AVOD-based streaming service, Starz On. According to e&, formerly known as Etisalat, the new offering will be powered by an AI driven ad technology smart targeting users based on their preferences, behaviour and geolocation. Starz On will offer a mix of regional and global content […]

Starzplay launches TVOD movie offering

Middle East streamer Starzplay has lauched a transactional VOD store. Starzplay, one of the region’s top three subscription video-on-demand services, has launched the Starzplay Store, which it says will bring users access to box office movies immediately after their theatrical run without the need for a subscription. The TVOD offering will give Starzplau users access […]

BeIN channels off Etisalat’s eLife TV after pair fail to strike deal

BeIN Media’s channels will no longer be available on e&-owned UAE operator Etisalat’s platform after the pair failed to strike terms, e& has announced. Customers of Etisalat’s eLife TV offering are to receive a monthly discount on their subscriptions to take account of the reduced content offering, starting today. eLife TV customers also have the […]

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 […]

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