UAE


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 […]

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% […]