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Raft of MENA launches for Discovery

Discovery Communications has announced a raft of carriage deals for its channels in the MENA region, adding six to the fledgling entertainment service from beIN, and two new brands to longstanding platform operator OSN. The beIN pay TV service branched out from sport and launched its entertainment line-up last November. It has now added six […]

BBC launching 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 regional 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 […]

Nickelodeon Play launches in MENA

Children’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available to customers of pay TV service OSN in the Middle East and North Africa region. 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 of […]

Viacom reveals global SVOD service

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers. The service is likely to […]

Nickelodeon joins OSN Play online service

Children’s network Nickelodeon has launched on OSN Play, the online TV service from Middle East and African pay TV operator OSN. Nickelodeon HD will be available to live-stream on OSN Play, strengthening the service’s channel line-up which also includes networks like OSN Sports Cricket HD, Food Network and Sky News. At the same time, Viacom […]

Pay TV outshines piracy in MENA

Piracy remains a major problem in the Middle East and North Africa, despite the many efforts to eradicate it. Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray showcases the latest data and forecasts relating to piracy and the wider pay TV market in the MENA region. According to the latest Digital TV Middle East & North […]

Nets accept Sony’s Marry Me proposals

Broadcasters such as MTG, RTE and OSN have bought American romantic comedy series Marry Me from Sony Pictures Television. MTG has taken rights for its free TV channels and SVOD service, Viaplay, in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, while Ireland’s RTE has picked up the NBC show for RTE2. Middle Eastern pay TV provider OSN has […]

OSN bulks up OTT with new channels

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has added three new linear channels to its OTT TV service OSN Play and, separately, 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 […]

OSN owner ‘rejects’ $3.2bn takeover offer

Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco) has reportedly rejected a US$3.2 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 a stake […]

Kipco receives offer for Middle East’s 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 […]