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OSN to launch new flexible package and cut expensive sports programmingFebruary 22, 2019OSN, the Dubai-based pay TV operator, has officially launched a new TV service in Saudi Arabia and a number of Gulf countries. The new service, called El Farq, which means “The Difference” in Arabic, is a flexible entertainment package that does not tie up the subscriber with a long-term contract. El Farq offers monthly renewal options, precisely like the main OTT subscription services all around the globe. OSN claims El Farq will provide its subscribers in Saudi Arabia with value for money for several main reasons. First, because of its content offering which includes all six premium OSN film channels, out of a total of 56 channels for the whole package. Second because the price of 159 Saudi riyals ($43) per month is the cheapest price ever offered for an OSN high-tier package. Finally, OSN claims El Farq provides the subscriber with the option of a simple online purchase process and guarantees the latest children’s, lifestyle, movies and TV series programming for the whole family. Separately, OSN is shutting off most of its sports channels in an effort to better control programming costs. The operator will retain only the its cricket-programming channels OSN Sports Cricket HD and its bouquet of TEN Sports channels. OSN plans to replace this content with additional lifestyle content tailored for a female audience.Subscribers Only
MENA Pay TV Market Growth & Challenges - February 2017February 22, 2017The Pay TV Market in the MENA region in 2016, accompanied with historical references and forecasting up to 2020.Subscribers Only
OSN slashes its package prices to reverse decline in subscribersFebruary 16, 2017OSN, the Dubai-based satellite pay TV operator, has launched new packages with new prices for the 24 MENA countries that form the base of its operations. The operator said the move represents the first steps of a new OSN, an operator that wants to ensure its customers that they will get access to the most premium content at the most affordable prices, and said that further initiatives are planned. OSN has launched a new introductory package, called The Entertainment GetStarted Pack, at a price of $21 in the Gulf States and around $16 in countries outside the Gulf like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco and Algeria. OSN said it carried out extensive market research to identify its customers’ needs among 40,000 households across the region. The company has also introduced a new packaging policy which allows subscribers to customise what they want to watch and to pay only for the content they have chosen.Subscribers Only
BeIn Media continues its push into entertainment with Warner Bros dealOctober 20, 2016Continuing its move into non-sports programming, BeIn Media Group has agreed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. International Television. According to the deal, the Qatar-based group will immediately be able to offer its subscribers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) access to TV series including Arrow, Gotham and The Originals and will also have second window pay TV rights for Warner Bros movies for the region. However, from 1 January 2019 BeIn Media will have first window pay TV rights for all Warner Bros content. BMG will also have catch-up TV rights for Warner Bros content as well as access to the US company’s library content.Subscribers Only
BeIn Media expands non-sports business with Miramax acquisitionMarch 03, 2016The Qatari-based BeIn Media Group (BMG) has acquired US studio Miramax. The previous shareholder of Miramax was the holding company Filmyard Holdings, a joint venture controlled by the US investment fund Colony Capital and the Qatar Investment Authority, one of the Gulf Emirate’s sovereign funds. Filmyard Holdings acquired Miramax in December 2010 for $663 million from Walt Disney.Subscribers Only
OSN prepares its defences with HBO channel and EST storeOctober 23, 2015HBO is to launch programming day and date with the US on a dedicated channel launching in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The channel, launching in 2016, is a joint venture with the pan-Arabic pay TV operator OSN. The Dubai-based operator will enrich the content offer of its On Demand service with more than 2,000 hours of HBO programming, including a thousand hours of complete box sets of HBO TV series.Subscribers Only
Is Al Jazeera joining the chase for Digiturk?December 20, 2013Qatari-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is reported to have joined the list of possible buyers of troubled Turkish satellite pay TV operator Digiturk. Local press reports say that the Arab operator has appointed investment banking firm Barclays Capital to act as consultant for the acquisition process.Subscribers Only
StarTimes launches low cost packages in South AfricaDecember 05, 2013The South-African satellite pay TV operator StarSat is launching the first of five pay TV packages in the country beginning this month.
HD channels in the MENA TV MarketNovember 18, 2013The HD channels offered in the MENA region is one of the richer in the world. We explain the reasons behind this trend, the platforms used to deliver the HD channels as well the operators, pay and free, that provide the content.Subscribers Only
Two new satellite platforms launch in South AfricaOctober 14, 2013OpenView HD, a new free-to-air satellite platform, launched in South Africa on 15 October.
OSN enriches its HD content portfolio with cricket channelOctober 01, 2013OSN has added a new HD sports channel to its channel portfolio with the launch on 1 October of OSN Sports Cricket HD.
The Israeli Parliament forces competition in the pay TV marketJuly 31, 2013The Israeli Parliament (Knesset) has approved major amendments to the Telecommunication Act that will have serious implications for the shape of the pay TV market in the country...
Multichoice responds to mounting pay TV competitionJuly 25, 2013South Africa's DStv pay TV satellite service, operated by Naspers Ltd unit Multichoice, has launched a new channel package called DStv Extra...
Al Jazeera gets English Premier League for whole Middle EastJuly 16, 2013Al Jazeera Sports has acquired the TV broadcasting to the English Premier League (EPL) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Al Jazeera obtained the rights on an exclusive basis, meaning...
Arabic TV drama production in MENA a brief outlineMay 06, 2013A new televised drama series of Syrian origin is about to be filmed in the UAE. The drama series will be shot at the Abu Dhabi studios of twofour54, the Emirate's Media production hub. The series will be...
New Filipino channel deals for OSN and My-HDApril 29, 2013OSN has inked a deal with ABS-CBN to distribute four channels to the large Filipino and South-East Asian community in the Gulf States. The four channels (TFC, Bro, Cinema One Global and ANC) will be...
China seeks a foothold in Africa and the Middle EastApril 25, 2013The Chinese Media company, StarTimes Group is backing the Business Rescue Plan for the beleaguered South African pay TV operator TopTV. On DigitalMedia (ODM), the parent company of TopTV, has been known for a...
Turkish regulator awards 33 DTT licencesApril 21, 2013Turkish regulator, the Radio and Television High Council (RTUK), has awarded 33 national digital terrestrial TV (DTT) licences, following an auction procedure, to a range of private broadcasters and thematic channel operators.
The HDTV Channels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)March 26, 2013 Subscribers Only
South Africa sets ambitious end 2013 target for analogue switch-offDecember 21, 2012The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) this week published its plan for digital migration, setting an ambitious target for analogue-switch-off on 31 December 2013. The long-awaited...