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BeIn Media enters MENA entertainment content marketNovember 06, 2015Qatar-based media company, BeIn Media Group, announced that it is entering the movies and entertainment content market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The announcement, which came on October 31st, marked the 12th anniversary of the BeIn Media Group. Explaining the company’s decision, CEO Nasser Al Khelaifi stated: “Our consumer research in the MENA region indicated for quite some time that families expect a leading entertainment provider like BeIn to offer a complete range of TV entertainment channels. Furthermore, we identified a sweet-spot in terms of pricing of pay TV in the region that has traditionally been over-priced”.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
Qatari media entrepreneur acquires largest Turkish pay TV operatorDecember 22, 2014Turkish media reports disclose that the satellite pay TV operator Digiturk has been acquired by Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar. The reports indicate that the Sheikh has agreed to pay $820 million for the acquisition of 53% of Digiturk.Subscribers Only
Multichoice pre-empts competition in the emerging South African OTT marketNovember 21, 2014Multichoice, the largest pay TV operator in South Africa (its home market) and in Sub-Saharan Africa, is bringing to the market a bunch of new online services and enhanced functionalities for its DStv Explora set-top box. Subscribers to the top-tier DStv Premium package will have the option to buy a DStv WiFi connector for a price of 399 Rand ($36). Using the WiFi connector the subscribers can connect their DStv Explora set-top box to the internet and set decoder recordings remotely at any time though their smart-phones, tablets and PCs.Subscribers Only
MBC to launch SVoD service in MENAJuly 10, 2014Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the free-to-air satellite TV operator covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, is planning to launch a new over-the-top (OTT) service later in the year, according to local press reports.
Israeli mobile operator Cellcom to launch over-the-top pay TVJune 27, 2014Israeli mobile operator Cellcom is planning the launch of an over-the-top (OTT) pay TV service. Cellcom’s board of directors approved the decision last month, and received immediate endorsement from Israel’s ministry of communications, which is keen to promote competition in Israel’s multichannel TV market.
OSN targets youth with new OTT service launchMay 20, 2014MENA pay TV operator is launching a new OTT service called Go by OSN. The service, which will be available to 22 MENA countries, is addressed to non-subscribers of OSN and primarily to young people under the age of 35. Go by OSN offers a selection of premium content controlled by OSN.
OSN targets new markets by enriching its Arabic content offeringApril 10, 2014OSN, the Dubai-based pay TV satellite operator, is expanding its Arabic-language programming as a strategic move to extend its customer base and to further position its brand as the number one destination for premium content in the MENA region.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.
OSN continues to diversify as it considers IPOSeptember 01, 2013MENA satellite pay TV operator OSN has announced the acquisition of Pehla Media & Entertainment. No financial details for the deal were given but the CEO of OSN David...
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...
Middle East broadcasters gear up for RamadanJuly 11, 2013Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) is re-vamping its online services in an a effort to take advantage of the media-consumption habits of the Arab population during the holy month of Ramadan (10.07 - 08.08.2013)....
Saudi Arabia to become OSN's largest market as Arabic focus increasesJune 13, 2013The pay TV market of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to become the most important single market for satellite pay TV operator Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...
My-HD Media to launch low-cost HD package in MENAMay 16, 2013My-HD Media, a Dubai-based satellite TV operator is launching a low-cost HD channels package for the MENA region. The package comprises around 25 HD channels and among them all eight of MBC HD channels....