UAE


MENA pay TV revenue estimates downgraded

Digital TV Research has downgraded its pay TV revenue forecast for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by US$1 billion. The research firm now predicts that MENA pay TV revenues will reach US$4 billion in 2021, down from an earlier forecast of US$5 billion. “Along with long-running conflicts and slower economic growth, several […]

Dubai Media Inc taps Eurovision for news facilities

The European Broadcasting Union’s Eurovision has struck a deal with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) to provide worldwide news gathering broadcast facilities and a permanent connection to the Eurovision global fibre network. The deal means that DMI will be able to access the services that Eurovision provides to broadcasters to enhance news reporting as well as […]

OSN strikes new deal with UFC

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has struck a new long-term exclusive carriage deal with combat sports outfit UFC. The renewal means that all UFC content including live events, pre and post-event shows, and The Ultimate Fighter reality series, will be available exclusively for OSN subscribers in the region. OSN and UFC together will also […]

Selevision taps Voddler for peer-assisted streaming

Saudi Arabia-based service provider Selevision has chosen Voddler Group to provide technology for its streaming service. Selevision provides broadcast and online channels direct to consumers under several brands from its bases in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The company will use Voddler’s hybrid peer-assisted technology to deliver content with the aim of bringing Selevision content […]

Voddler targets MENA market with new hire

Peer-assisted cloud TV technology outfit Voddler has named Marwan Shehab as head of a new Middle East and Africa operation based in Dubai. Shehab will be tasked to driving Voddler’s expansion in the region, where it says it has a number of significant deals already in the pipeline. Shehab previously held a number of pay […]

BeIN Media opens retail outlets across UAE

Qatar-based Middle East pay TV and media group BeIN Media has opened six retail outlets in the UAE, the home territory of its rival OSN, with plans to extend its retail presence to Abu Dhabi and further locations in Dubai in the next couple of months. The operator’s first six retails outlets are in the […]

OSN launches dedicated Bond channel

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is launching a pop-up James Bond channel that will air all 24 Bond movies in HD for seven weeks from today. In addition to movies such as Dr. No, Moonraker, Goldfinger and more recent Daniel Craig-starring outing Spectre, the channel will feature additional content including a short-lived Casino Royale […]

Fox strikes OSN output deal

Fox has renewed its output deal with OSN. The deal gives the Middle Eastern pay TV platform rights to series and movies from the studio including 24: Legacy and Prison Break. Movies covered in the deal include X Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool. The agreement covers linear as well as digital windows, meaning pay TV subs can watch Fox content on TVs […]

Yahlive extends BBC World Service contract

Abu Dhabi-based SES and Yahsat satellite joint venture Yahlive has renewed and extended its partnership with the BBC to broadcast its Persian and Arabic TV channels across its footprint. As part of the agreement with the BBC World Service, Yahlive will distribute the broadcaster’s Persian and Arabic television channels as well as the radio programming […]

MBC migrating services to Arabsat

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group is transferring its channels to the Arabsat satellite platform through a strategic partnership with the satellite operator. MBC and Arabsat said that some channels would be exclusive to Arabsat and that the pair would focus on providing reliable set-top boxes to ensure a high-quality viewing experience. MBC Pro Sports, which […]