MENA


SVOD subs in MENA grow by 48% as pay-TV declines

Pay TV subscriptions declined in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2017 while online video subscriptions grew 48% year-on-year, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that MENA pay TV subscriptions fell 21% percent to 4.2 million in 2017, with the growth reversal linked to blocks on beIN Media – something […]

BBCWW launches channels across MENA, Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

Netflix agrees first MENA operator deal with OSN

Netflix has agreed its first partnership in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with local operator OSN. OSN customers will be able to access Netflix’s library of content via OSN’s new set-top box, which is due to launch towards the end of the second quarter. They will also have the option to pay […]

EY: online video revenues in MENA to grow by 35% annually

Online video revenues are projected to grow by 22%-35% annually in most markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region until 2021, according to a new report by EY. The Videonomics report claims that MENA digital consumption growth is among the highest in the world, thanks to a large youth population, fast-improving mobile […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV ARPU in decline

Pay TV revenues are set to grow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) between 2017 and 2023 but at a lower rate than subscription numbers, according to Digital TV Research. The Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report said the figures indicate that average revenues per user (ARPU) must be falling […]

Middle East TV downgraded

Digital TV Research has downgraded its pay TV revenue forecast for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by US$1 billion. The research firm now predicts that MENA pay TV revenues will reach US$4 billion in 2021, down from an earlier forecast of US$5 billion. “Along with long-running conflicts and slower economic growth, several […]

Pay TV booms in the Middle East

Pay TV revenues and subscriber numbers rose sharply across the Middle East and North Africa last year, according to new research. IHS says that region-wide revenues increased to €873 million (US$946.2 million) in 2014 from €702 million in 2013. Pay TV subscribers increased 12.4% year-on-year, taking the end-2014 total to 4.8 million. IHS said that […]

MENA pay TV to top 21 million

The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will reach 21.3 million in 2020, doubling over the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that 18% of TV households in the MENA region legitimately paid for TV signals by the […]