YahLive boosts HD line-up with Russian news channels

UAE-based DTH operator YahLive has added two Russian news channels to its HD bouquet. The operator has struck a deal with broadcaster RT to carry English language channel Russia Today and Rusiya Al-Yaum, which airs in Arabic. Russia Today is the flagship news channel of the RT network, covering political, economic and cultural issues. Rusiya […]

Sky News Arabia goes OTT with Envivio

Sky News Arabia has launched a new OTT video service using technology from Envivio. Sky News Arabia is a 24-hour, Arabic-language news channel operated as a joint-venture by Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation and UK pay TV operator BSkyB. It has begun offering a real-time web streaming service using the Envivio Muse video processing solution […]

TwoFour54 unveils 30% rebate for TV producers

Abu Dhabi media development group TwoFour54 is introducing a rebate for TV and film producers shooting in the Emirate. 
The scheme is the first of its kind in the Middle East and TwoFour54 chief operating officer Wayne Borg told told DTVE’s sister publication TBI that discussion with producers are underway and he expects the first […]

Middle East pay TV channels stand at 143

The number of pay TV channels in the Middle East region stood at 143 at the end of February, according to a study by Arab Advisors Group. The group said that the region’s four satellite pay TV operators – Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), Al Jazeera Sports Plus, Abu Dhabi Sports and Al Majd – offered […]

Zee TV launches two channels in UAE

Indian broadcaster Zee TV is launching two channels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company is launching general entertainment network Zee TV HD and movie channel Zee Cinema HD through satellite operator eLife TV. Zee TV HD will air reality series and event programming including Dance India Dance and the Zee Rishtey Awards, while […]

Tony Orsten returning to the UK after leaving TwoFour54

Tony Orsten is returning to the UK following his departure from Abu Dhabi media hub TwoFour54.
 Orsten announced earlier this year that Noura Al Kaabi was taking over as CEO of TwoFour54, but said he was staying on in Abu Dhabi until this month. Orsten told DTVE’s sister publication TBI that he couldn’t reveal details […]

YahSat 1B launched

The YahSat 1B satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur onboard a Proton-M launcher on Monday night. The satellite, owned by UAE-based YahSat, which includes a Ka-band payload, will provide services to customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and south-western Asia. YahSat 1A was launched last year from French Guiana onboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

Kaonmedia and Verimatrix deliver OTT box for Etisalat

Digital set-top vendor Kaonmedia and conditional access company Verimatrix have partnered to help UAE telco Etisalat deliver its OTT service OnWeb. The companies have developed an Android pay TV solution that features Kaonmedia’s Android-based SmartCube/TV+ consumer devices with digital TV revenue security from Verimatrix and its Video Content Authority System for internet TV. The platform […]

Etisalat launches High TV 3D channel

UAE service provider Etisalat has launched 3D channel High TV on its eLive TV service. The launch is the first 3D service to be made available in the UAE, according to Etisalat. US-based High TV offers a range of entertainment programming, promising over 100 new shows and 400 new hours of 3D content each year. […]

Etisalat expands reach with Intelsat

Middle Eastern telco Etisalat has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite, which is scheduled to launched next month. Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will use the satellite’s capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia. “We […]