e-Vision adds time-shifted e-masala

UAE service provider Etisalat’s e-Vision service has launched a time-shifted version of its Indian channel e-masala. The channel, e-masala +2, will provide subscribers to the eLife triple-play offering to catch up on the channel’s programming two hours after the initial broadcast. Rashed Alabbar, vice-president, home product marketing at Etisalat said, “The introduction of e-masala +2 […]

New head for Etisalat UAE

UAE-based service provider Etisalat has named Saleh Al Abdooli as CEO of Etisalat UAE. Al Abdooli, who was previously CEO of Egyptian subsidiary Etisalat Misr, replaces acting CEO Nasser bin Obood. Saeed Al Hamli has been named as CEO of Etisalat Misr. Al Hamli was previously CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan.

Etisalat to add MBC HD channels

UAE-based telco Etisalat has added seven HD channels from broadcaster MBC to its eLife TV offering. The operator is adding MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Max, MBC Drama and Al Arabiya to its line-up. The channels will be available to Etisalat’s 100,000 eLife triple-play customers at no additional cost. Dual-play and […]

Etisalat plans large-scale expansion of OTT offering

UAE-based telco Etisalat is planning to expand the availability of its recently launched eLife OnWeb over-the-top service to a range of new devices. Speaking at Informa’s IP&TV Forum MENA event in Dubai earlier this week, Rashid Al Abbar, vice-president, home products marketing at Etisalat, said that an eLife iOS app would be published and available […]

Eros sells Bollywood fare to Middle East

Bollywood producer and distributor Eros has inked a video-on-demand deal and content deals with a trio of Middle Eastern pay TV services. Qatar Telecom has taken a package of 300 Eros-distributed Bollywood film titles and related Bollywood content will make them available on its QTEL VOD and subscription VOD service. 
Middle Eastern IPTV service Intigral […]

Etisalat launches new channels

Middle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launching three channels from India’s Times Television Network. The company, which operates the e-Vision pay TV service in the United Arab Emirates, is launching Times Now, ET Now and Zoom as it looks to appeal to the growing South Asian community in the country. The deal was announced […]

Du teams up with Intelsat for distribution platform

UAE service provider du has teamed up with satellite operator Intelsat to jointly offer turnkey multichannel per carrier (MCPC) television programme distribution solutions on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68.5° East. The new MCPC platform, part of the IntelsatONE network, will enable programmers in the Middle East to reach viewers in the Middle East and […]

Crime & Investigation makes Middle East debut

A+E Networks’ Crime & Investigation channel has launched in the Middle East on OSN’s platform. The channel is programmed and operated in the Middle East by A+E Networks UK, a joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB. It is available in OSN’s Platinum Extra HD and Premier Plus HD packages, airing series including The FBI […]

Sony opens distribution office in the Middle East

Sony Pictures Television is opening a sales office in Dubai. It will be run by Ziad Yaghi who has worked at Dubai Entertainment and Media Organisation, Tecom Authority and Orbit. Yaghi also founded the Dubai Film Market. SPT already has a production business in the Middle East after launching Sony Pictures Arabia in November 2010. […]

On Demand Group signs deal with 20th Century Fox

SeaChange International-owned video-on-demand provider On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to expand video-on-demand services in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deal will see Fox movies made available on services supplied by ODG in Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Recent blockbusters including Gulliver’s Travels, […]

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