Category Archives: OTT / VOD

Netflix to reduce stream quality in Africa during Covid-19 crisis

Netflix will cut the bandwidth it uses to serve subscribers in Africa for the next 30 days in an effort to improve pressure on network infrastructure during the Covid-19 crisis. The streaming media giant said in a statement that it will reduce the streaming bitrate across markets in Africa by 25% until the end of April. [...]

Disney+ Originals to launch on OSN in UAE

Disney+ content will be available for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa on regional pay television and online streaming service provider OSN as from April 9. Disney+ original catalogue will include hit show ‘The Mandalorian’, which will be available on OSN’s pay television and online streaming services in 17 regional markets, [...]

Africa 24 Media launched factual VOD platform

Africa 24 Media announced the official launch of Africas first factual video on demand platform, Yebo which aims to be the guide of Africa through stories.  Africa 24 Media founder and CEO, Asif Sheikh, announced this is a huge milestone for Africa 24 Media and the continent at large. For two decades I was away [...]

Etisalat offers three-month Starzplay subscription for free

Etisalat announced a bundle of free services with its eLife TV box. Viewers will have access to free on-demand movies each week for the next six weeks as well as enjoy free StarzPlay for three months with the latest Arabic and International TV series and movies by simply subscribing on-screen. Those who want more premium [...]

MGM to launch new SVOD service in South Africa

MGM is planning to launch a new film and SVOD service in South Africa which will be part of Vodacoms Video Play Premium. This new service will also be available as an a la carte service.  The new service will draw on MGMs film and TV catalogue with titles including The Hobbit, Legally Blonde, The [...]

Showmax adds live news on its platform

DStv Now announced that 24-hour news channels will be available on its platform to everyone amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Showmax confirmed in a statement that BBC World News, CNN, Sky News, SABC News, Newzroom Afrika, Al Jazeera, and Euronews would now also be available to stream live on its platform. Both subscribers and non-subscribers [...]

Agora Services and Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to collaborate with telecom operators to offer VoD services

Côte Ouest Audiovisuel and Agora Services Group will together develop a video on demand (VoD) platform called Butterfly. According to a press release, Agora Services Group and Côte Ouest understood together that the content without the tool was no more useful than the tool without the content. This is why these two experts have concluded [...]

Saudi animation film ‘Masameer the Movie’ now available on Netflix

Following the success of Masameer the Movie in theatres, Netflix is streaming the movie with subtitles in over 30 languages. Netflix has acquired Masameer the Movie, the first Saudi animation movie based on the popular YouTube series that captured the imagination of the audience for years, produced by Myrkott. Myrkott is a Saudi animation studio based [...]

Shahid.net to provide free VIP subscriptions

MBC is offering free VIP subscription for video-on-demand (VOD) platform Shahid starting March 20. To benefit from this exceptional offer, VIP users must sign up between now until April 5th in the Middle East region.  Subscriber will have access to Shahids premium library which includes Shahid Premieres, Shahid Originals, latest Arabic films, live TV channels [...]

YouTube launches online music streaming in Nigeria

YouTube has rolled out the activities of its music streaming service YouTube Music in Nigeria. After South Africa, Nigeria is the second African country where it is possible to access the service. The service will be accessible for free in its standard version, and for the premium offer between 2.44 USD and 4.80 USD. The [...]