UAE


Eurochannel goes live on du in the UAE

European culture and lifestyle channel, Eurochannel, is now available in the United Arab Emirates through local operator du. Eurochannel is available on du’s English Basic and French Basic packages on channel number 1408. “Eurochannel continues its vast expansion across international borders thanks to the launch of our channel in the Middle East,” said Eurochannel CEO, Gustavo […]

OSN claims antipiracy success

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has claimed a series of wins against pirates in the region, following over 316 raids with the support of government authorities. Marking World Intellectual Property Day, OSN said that it had cooperated with authorities in all GCC countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as […]

Yahlive consolidates leading position among Farsi viewers

Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat, is the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and south-west Asia, according to a report by Ipsos Connect. According to the research, Yahlive’s market share amongst Farsi speakers increased from 20% in 2014 to 34% […]

OSN retains House of Cards as Netflix makes first Arabic acquisition

UAE-based pay TV operator OSN has retained the rights to the fourth season of Netflix’s House of Cards, despite Netflix’s launch in the country earlier this year as part of its 130-territory expansion. The fourth season of the show is currently available on OSN Play, the operator’s online TV service, and will remain on this […]

Eurovision deploys Flex for song contest, opens office in Dubai

The EBU’s Eurovision network is to deploy its new Flex platform in the premises of a number of member broadcasters participating in the next Eurovision Song Contest to enhance the competition’s voting procedure. Eurovision’s goal is to ensure that each participating Member is connected through at least two independent networks allowing maximum protection. Flex is […]

Al Jazeera taps Arqiva for global satellite distribution

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network has tapped media services provider Arqiva to provide its global teleport and satellite distribution services. As part of the long-term agreement, Arqiva will distribute Al Jazeera’s flagship news channels Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English to global networks. Arqiva said it will provide dual and triplicate redundancy on […]

Es’hailSat outlines future plans

Middle East satellite operator Es’hailSat plans to launch its Es’hail-2 bird by the end of this year, and discussions are underway with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for a third satellite, Es’hail-3, according to the company. The operator plans to place Es’hail-2 at the 26° East hotspot to enable it to continue to […]

OSN renews deal with MGM

UAE-based pay TV provider OSN has renewed an exclusive supply deal for movies with MGM. In addition to first and second pay window rights to the MGM catalogue, the deal gives OSN OTT rights via its OSN Play offering and Go Online TV by OSN, its TV everywhere service. MGM titles include the James Bond […]

OSN launches Arabic movie channel, Home of HBO service and H2

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is launching six new HD channels including a ‘Home of HBO’ service, to highlight the scope of its entertainment offering. The channels, which will be available form February 1, are OSN Yahala Cinema HD, which OSN says is the first Arabic movie channel in true HD, allowing viewers to […]

OSN strikes new deal with NBCUniversal

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has signed a new and extended long-term deal with NBCUniversal International that secures first pay window rights for the platform, in addition to exclusive OTT rights for OSN Play, its  digital platform that is free to subscribers, and Go, its non-subscriber based online TV service. OSN will now also […]