Byron Allen targeting Middle East after securing du deal

US producer and channel provider Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group division Entertainment Studios has secured carriage for seven of its global television networks in the United Arab Emirates on the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC)-owned du telecom platform. Allen said that this distribution deal, which was facilitated by SAWA Rights Management, is part of a wider arrangement that will soon extend to […]

E-Vision taps Synamedia for multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service

UAE service provider Etisalat’s E-Vision subsidiary has chosen Synamedia’s Infinite platform to underpin a new multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service for the Middle East. The E-Vision service is already live in Egypt and is set for a launch in Saudi Arabia soon, with other markets to follow. The multi-tenant, cloud-based service is designed to give operators […]

BBC retains FA Cup rights until 2025 

The BBC has agreed a new four-year deal that will see it continue to broadcast the Emirates FA Cup until 2025. The agreement was struck with the Football Association (FA) and will start at the beginning of the 2021/22 season, covering live match coverage, highlights and clip rights. The BBC will broadcast up to 18 […]

OSN hails win in battle to keep DishTV India out of Gulf

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has hailed the decision of a UAE court to reject an appeal against the sentencing for piracy of an illicit DishTV India dealer in the country. The UAE’s highest Court, the Court of Cassation, sentenced the dealer to three-months imprisonment and a fine of AED 50,000 for infringing the […]

BeIN Media to distribute sports channels on Etisalat

Qatar-based BeIN Media has struck a deal with UAE service provider Etisalat to distribute its four dedicated sports channels live with coverage of the FIFA World Cup in the UHD format for the first time. The agreement means that Etisalat’s eLife subscribers will be able to view BeIN Media’s coverage of the World Cup from […]

BeIN Media channels back on Du after pair strike deal

Qatar-based BeIN Media Group’s channels have been restored to UAE telecom operator Du’s TV service after a brief absence after the pair were able to strike a last-minute agreement, according to a statement released by the Dubai-based service provider. The agreement comes ahead of BeIN Media’s coverage of the World Cup from Russia in two […]

Mediapro producing VR coverage of UAE football

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro is to produce a virtual reality live broadcast of the UAE football league, covering a minimum of 10 of the best remaining matches from the current season. The UAE professional football league has teamed up with Mediapro Middle East to enable live-streaming in VR of matches of the Arabian Gulf […]

Al Aan TV HD broadcasting on Arabsat

Arabic entertainment channel Al Aan TV HD has begun broadcasting on the Arabsat BADR-4 satellite at 26° East. Al Aan TV’s exclusive deal with Arabsat will enable it reach over 100 territories in the satellite operator’s footprint in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Wael Al Buti, Arabsat CCO said: “Al Aan TV is […]

Parrot Analytics: clean sweep for Netflix in UAE in-demand list

There were no big surprises in Parrot Analytics’ list of the most ‘in-demand’ digital originals in the United Arab Emirates for the week from November 13-19, with Stranger Things topping a Netflix-dominated list. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions […]

OSN welcomes arrest of illegal cable operators

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has welcomed the arrest of three individuals alleged to be behind a large-scale illegal cable operation in Kuwait. According to Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), three Indian men have been arrested after successful raids in a residential area of Salmiya, where they had been operating a sophisticated illegal cable […]