BBC launches drama channel in Middle East

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with OSN and will roll out its drama channel in the Middle East and North Africa region on the pay TV platform. BBC First is one of Worldwide’s key channel brands after it rejigged its offering last year and has already rolled out in Australia and parts of Europe […]

Fix&Foxi debuts in UAE with Etisalat

Your Family Entertainment-owned kids channel Fix&Foxi has secured carriage on UAE telecom operator Etisalat’s eLife TV platform, taking the channel to the Gulf state for the first time. The channel will be added to the Etisalat’s eLife TV Western basic package. Rashed Al Abbar, Etisalat’s Vice President Consumer Product Innovation said, “eLife offers the best […]

OSN extends retail presence with Sharaf DG deal

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has strengthened its retail presence through a partnership with UAE electronics retail outfit Sharaf DG. The company will offer OSN subscriptions across its retail network including its renovated showroom at Times Square Mall in Dubai. Starting with 24 retail outlets this year, the partnership will see OSN expand its […]

Nickelodeon Play launches in MENA via OSN

Children’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN. OSN subscribers will be able to access full episodes of Nickelodeon shows via the mobile service, with content available in both English and Arabic. The operator said that more than 1,000 pieces […]

OSN hails ‘milestone’ in antipiracy fight

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has hailed the jailing of a dealer in pirated content via IPTV as “a milestone in the fight against TV piracy” in the region. A Dubai court has sentenced a deal of illegal IP video services to a three-month jail-term and fined him AED50,000. He will also be deported […]

Grey Juice Lab opens regional hub in Dubai

Video-on-demand content aggregator Grey Juice Lab has opened a new regional content marketing and commercial hub in Dubai Media City. The new office is under the direction of Grey Juice Lab’s EMEA Regional Director Remi Olivan. It aims to better serve the company’s existing MEA clients whilst capitalizing on the growing OTT opportunities in the […]

Arabsat takes additional capacity on ABS-3A

Satellite operators Arabsat and Permira-owned ABS have struck a deal whereby Arabsat will use additional capacity on ABS-3A, mostly for data services. The expansion capacity agreement on ABS-3A for a multi-transponder, multiyear deal for Ku-band payload will see Arabsat take capacity for different customer networks within the Middle East and North Africa regions in particular […]

Icflix teams up with Groupon to target MENA subscribers

Middle East streaming platform Icflix has teamed up with Groupon UAE to launch a number of promotional initiatives to drive takep-up of the service. Groupon subscribers purchasing six-month or one-year subscriptions will be rewarded to savings worth up to 37%, according to Icflix. “We are always thinking of ways to reward our customers. This will […]

OSN hails Ajman piracy crackdown

Officials in the UAE Emirate of Ajman have conducted a series of raids on retail outlets to combat piracy in an initiative pushed by pay TV operator OSN. Following a recent crackdown on piracy in neighbouring Dubai, Abdullah Ahmad Al Ali and Abdulaziz Qaed Murad from Ajman’s Department of Economic Development (DED) conducted raids in […]

Ka-band satellite Al Yah 3 passes critical design review

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Orbital ATK have completed a Critical Design Review for the Al Yah 3 spacecraft and payload. Yahsat senior management were in Virginia in the US with its partner Orbital ATK to complete the review, the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite. Al Yah 3, which is based […]

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