Pay TV revenues for 20 MENA countries fell by 11% between 2016 and 2018 to just under $3 billion.
My-HD-Pay TV platform in the MENA region will carry SPI International’s channels for another three years.
Content owners and rights holders incur an annual loss of $750 million in MENA, according to Aditya Verma, senior legal counsel, OSN.
StarTimes and SMiT are to jointly launch CI Plus 1.3 CAM with an operator profile function on the African market.
The MENA region will have 20.80 million movie and TV series SVOD subscribers by 2023, up from the 5.22 million recorded by end-2017.
The Formula 1 organisation has launched an investigation into the illegal broadcasts by Saudi broadcaster BeoutQ.
NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and Eleven Sports Networks have now also complained about piracy of their live exclusive sports rights by Saudi based BeoutQ TV platform.
FIFA has launched an attack on piracy, threatening to take action against the Saudi TV channel BeoutQ which has been illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup via the Arabsat satellite.
Online subscription video market in MENA grew at a rate that was six times faster than pay TV in 2017, as political shockwaves reversed pay TV growth, according to Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal research analyst, IHS Markit.
Starz Play Arbia is leading the SVOD market in the MENA region with 26% of market share compared to Netflix at 16% and Icflix at 11%, according to a study by IHS Markit.