Yahsat taps Orbital and Arianespace for Yahsat 3

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has announced that Orbital Sciences will build its forthcoming Al Yah 3 satellite and that Arianespace will launch the craft from French Guiana in 2016. The launch of Yahsat’s third satellite will extend the company’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 17 countries and 600 million users across Africa and Brazil. […]

WWE Network gets global OTT launch

Over-the-top wrestling channel WWE Network has launched outside the US for the first time. The network, which sports entertainment giant WWE launched earlier this year in the States, is rolling out in 170 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics. The WWE expects the network to be available in […]

OSN adds new linear channels to fast-growing OTT service

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has added three new live channels to its OTT TV service OSN Play and has claimed a 60% increase in subscriber registrations and a fourfold increase in viewership for the platform. OSN has added BSkyB’s news channel Sky News, AMC Networks-owned kids channel JimJam and Scripps Networks’ Food Network […]

Kipco rejects US$3.2 billion offer for OSN stake

Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco) has reportedly rejected a US$3.2 billion (€2.4 billion) offer from an unnamed US private equity group for a majority stake in pay TV operator OSN. The private equity group’s offer comprised US$2.4 billion in cash and a further UIS$800 million that would have been subject to certain conditions being met, for […]

Kipco receives offer for OSN

Kipco, the majority owner of Middle East pay TV provider OSN, has received an offer for the company from an unspecified bidder. Kipco said it would evaluate the non-binding confidential offer and present it its board and minority ownership partner Mawarid Group. The group didn’t identify the buyer or the price. Dubai-based brokerage firm Arqaam […]

Samsung adds MBC Shahid VoD app

TV manufacturer Samsung has teamed up with Dubai-based broadcaster MBC to launch the latter’s Shahid premium video-on-demand app across the Middle East and North Africa. The Shahid service recorded 284 million views of TV shows and series last year. “The television experience is rapidly evolving for viewers across the MENA region,” said Choong Ro Lee, […]

OSN adds Arabic version of Investigation Discovery

Middle East pay TV broadcaster OSN is to begin offering true crime channel Investigation Discovery dubbed in Arabic as well as English. The addition of a dubbed version of ID on July 1 will boost the number of localised services on OSN. The platform includes over 20 subtitled movie channels, eight TV series channels, 12 […]

Vivendi completes Maroc Telecom sale

Vivendi has completed the sale of its majority stake in Maroc Telecom to UAE-based Etisalat for €4.138 billion. The sale is a further staging post in Vivendi’s evolution into a media company and away from telecoms. The group said that the closing of the sale would enable it further reduce its debt ratio. Vivendi expects […]

Du chooses ChannelSculptor to manage channel portfolio

Middle East telecom operator Du has hired ChannelSculptor to aggregate free-to-air channels for its IPTV network. ChannelSculptor’s initiative provides an platform to link up the myriad of TV channels and the growing number of IPTV networks in the region, according to the company. The announcement comes ahead of the Cabsat expo in Dubai. Ahmed […]

Du joins Europe-Southeast Asia cable consortium

UAE-based service provider du has joined an international consortium of telcos committed to building a cable system that will connect Southeast Asia to Europe through the Middle East.  South East Asia – Middle East -Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) is an undersea cable system that will connect 15 countries and will run for a length […]

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