Starz Play Arabia

Starz Play Arabia to make first originals after closing US$125m

Maaz Sheikh

Starz Play Arabia has raised US$125 million (€110 million) to date after closing a third round of funding and plans to make its first push… Read more

Starz Play renews Warner Bros. deal

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Starz’ MENA-focused OTT service has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. The news comes soon after Starz Play Arabia secured an agreement with another… Read more

Starz Play Arabia raises funding to expand service

Maaz Sheikh

Starz Play Arabia has raised a “multi-million dollar” funding round, which it plans to use to expand its services and partnerships. Existing investors including SEQ… Read more

Interview: Starz Play Arabia CEO Maaz Sheikh

Maaz Sheikh

Starz Play Arabia has carved out place in the MENA video market and has its sights set on further growth, CEO Maaz Sheikh tells Andy… Read more

Starz Play plans African, Asian OTT expansion

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Over-the-top service Starz Play is planning to move outside of the Middle East and North Africa as part of a 2017 expansion plan. Speaking exclusively… Read more

Starz Play Arabia adds Arabic content to complement Hollywood fare

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Starz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare. Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region… Read more

The Middle ground: premium TV in the Middle East and North Africa

MBC’s The Voice highlights the appeal of local content.

Despite the region’s overwhelmingly free-to-air profile, competition is heating up in premium TV in MENA, with continued growth for BeIN Sports and OSN and the development of new OTT offerings. Rebecca Hawkes reports. It is… Read more

Starz Play Arabia selects thePlatform for video management

Saleem Bhatti

Starz Play Arabia selected thePlatform to provide the back-end video management and publishing system for the Middle East and North African SVoD service. The Comcast subsidiary disclosed the deal today and said the agreement was… Read more

Going over the top: recent developments in the OTT space

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Over-the-top and direct-to-customer offerings are becoming increasingly common among pay TV and channel operators alike. Andy McDonald looks at some of the most interesting recent developments in this space.  As the television market continues to… Read more

OTT’s eastern promise

Kate Bulkley

Over-the-top distribution is the new normal and the days of launching conventional linear TV channels may be numbered, writes Kate Bulkley. The appetite for buying bundles of channels hasn’t yet gone away – look no… Read more