UAE


OSN launches kids channel with Mega Max Media

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has launched a new kids channel, OSN Kids Zone, in partnership with Mega Max Media and Middle East distributor Magmedia International. The channel, aimed at kids aged two to eight, incudes shows such as Barney & Friends, Thomas & Friends, Transformers Rescue Bots, Heroes of the City and My […]

My-HD taps Conax for service-based content security

Middle East-based pay TV outfit My-HD has tapped Conax to provide cloud-based content security for its service in the MENA region. Dubai-based My-HD Media is using the Conax Contego-as-a-Service platform, the first Middle East operator to use the service-based offering from the technology company. Carmen Chen, chairman of the board, My-HD Media, said: “With operational […]

Paramount Channel added to OSN

Viacom has agreed an expanded deal with OSN and its Nickelodeon, NickToon and Paramount Channel will now all be carried on the Middle Eastern pay TV platform. The Teen Nick On Demand service will also be added as part of the new deal. Paramount Channel, which internationally is movie-focused although a new Paramount net is […]

OSN revamps offering with flexible packages as competition bites

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has revamped its offering with new packs and new price points in the wake of an extensive customer research project across 40,000 homes in the region. The new services will be made commercially available from tomorrow. The company is offering customers a choice of new sports, movies and entertainment […]

Icflix extends reach in Pakistan through PTCL deal

Middle East and North Africa-focused on-demand streaming service Icflix has struck a deal with IT and entertainment provider PTCL to extend its presence in Pakistan. Under the terms of the deal, PTCL customers will be able to view high- Icflix content on PTCL Smart TV, which offers viewers range of content and is available in […]

OSN adding new on-demand services and movie channel from Disney

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has struck an extended deal with Disney, enabling it to launch four additional services – Disney Channel Pop Pick Play, Disney Forever, Disney English and Disney Channel Hindi as branded on-demand services and as part of the OSN Play service. The agreement also covers first-pay movies from across The […]

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 […]