Mid East & Africa

Al Jazeera launches audio app for hard-to-reach areas

Al Jazeera audio

News service Al Jazeera Network has launched a new audio web app to give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of… Read more

Friend MTS launches automated IPTV antipiracy service

Jonathan Friend

Content security specialist Friend MTS is to launch an automated IPTV antipiracy service, Viper, at the Cabsat exhibition in Dubai. Viper uses Friend MTS’s proprietary… Read more

Discovery strikes deals with beIN and OSN


Discovery has announced a raft of carriage deals for its channels in the MENA region, adding six to the fledgling entertainment service from beIN, and… Read more

New Qatari cultural channel launches

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari

Qatari cultural channel Al Rayyan 2 has launched on the Es’hail-1 satellite located at the 25.5⁰ East. Al Rayyan Satellite TV channel was launched in… Read more

African OTT service iROKO raises US$19m

Jason Njoku

African over-the-top video service iROKO has raised a total of US$19 million (€17.6 million) and announced plans to “expand aggressively” across the continent. The move,… Read more

OSN launches Arabic movie channel, Home of HBO service and H2

OSN Yahala HD cinema

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is launching six new HD channels including a ‘Home of HBO’ service, to highlight the scope of its entertainment… Read more

beIN Media launches new movies channel

Yousef Al-Obaidly

Qatar-based pay TV group beIN Media has launched a new movie channel, beIN Movies 3, dedicated to popular and award-winning Hollywood content. The movie is… Read more

OSN strikes new deal with NBCUniversal

Bates Motel

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has signed a new and extended long-term deal with NBCUniversal International that secures first pay window rights for the… Read more

Orange acquires more mobile assets in Africa


Orange has struck a deal with mobile operator Bharti Airtel International to acquire Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. Orange will acquire 100%… Read more

Orange to acquire Cellcom Liberia


Orange has entered an agreement to acquire 100% control of mobile operator Cellcom Liberia via its Orange Côte D’Ivoire unit. Orange said the acquisition would… Read more