Category Archives: OTT / VOD

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new policy for the OTT market

Kenya is working on a new policy by introducing tax to the Over the Top (OTT) non-resident organisations, including Netflix and Hulu, subscription-based services that charge users on a monthly basis. Speaking at the online tax forum, Githinji Gathirwa, manager at the policy unit, “KRA will come up with guidelines to address taxation of non-resident [...]

Chacha TV, first local streaming platform in Algeria

The group Sense & Med & com has just launched Chacha TV (Chacha means screen in Arabic) in Algeria. Chacha TV is the first streaming and video-on-demand platform based in the country. According to promoters, the platform will focus on Algerian audiovisual content but there will also be international productions.  The creators of Chacha TV [...]

Zain introduces exclusive Telly offer for the first time in Kuwait

Zain, the digital service provider in Kuwait, has launched an exclusive Telly offer for the first time in Kuwait. The exclusive offer will be available throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. Zain customers will be able to enjoy the largest collection of Khaleeji and Arabic content for two months free and more on its most advanced network in [...]

YouTube offers Ramadan program “Fiqh Al Almandhomah” in MENA

As Muslims around the world have started to fast for the Ramadan, Dr. Abdullatif bin Mohammed Al Afaliq rolled out his introductory program titled Fiqh Al Almandhomah on YouTube to cover the MENA region. The program was intended to be available on one of the Arab satellite channels; however, discussions to air the program in [...]

Showmax acquires streaming rights for ‘A Discovery of Witches’

Showmax has seized the streaming rights for A Discovery of Witches, directed by Bad Wolf. The British fantasy drama series will be accessible on Showmax from 1 May. ‘A Discovery of Witches’ has been extended for a second and third season in late-2018 and is based on Deborah Harkness’ All Souls novel trilogy series. In the story, a [...]

Riaad Moosa show premieres on Vodacom Video Play

Riaad Moosas comedy special, Life Begins, will be the first local title to be available on Vodacoms video-on-demand service, Video Play. As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africas most famous funny men. His one-man show is accessible for download on the platform. Vodacom stated its affordable video-on-demand service, Video Play, has [...]

Netflix inked deal to collaborate on its first African animated original

Netflix has inked a deal to team up with South Africas Triggerfish Animation Studios and UK distributor CAKE on animated action-comedy series Mama Ks Team 4. Set in Zambia and intended for children from six- to 11-year-olds, Mama Ks Team 4 supports the idea that anyone can be a superhero, with its story line centered on a group of teenage [...]

Netflix to produce new Arabic series ‘Al Rawabi School for Girls’

Netflixs latest original Arabic series, is a high school drama produced with a full female Arab cast and crew. Al Rawabi School for Girls is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali in partnership with writer Shirin Kamal. Al Rawabi School for Girls is the story of how a tormented girl gets revenge on her bullies, [...]

Twitter increases its premium video content in MENA

Twitter has revealed over 16 premium video content across sports, entertainment and news. The platform will now provide advertisers with more opportunities with premium video on Twitter; to connect with the most valuable audiences. Across the world, we find that Twitters audience leans in to our partners premium real time video and our advertisers appreciate [...]

Netflix to roll out its first original Arab series ‘Jinn’

Netflix’s first-ever original Arab series Jinn will be available on its online streaming platform this summer. The six-episode series has been filmed in Jordan. Its the story of a group of teenagers whose “lives are disrupted when a Jinn in the form of a teenage boy appears to them in the ancient city of Petra.”  Jinn feature Middle Eastern talent [...]