Category Archives: OTT / VOD

YouTube Kids now available in MENA

YouTube is rolling out its child-friendly app, YouTube Kids, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The free app is accessible on smartphones and tablets for children under the age of 13. The stand-alone app is now accessible in 86 countries including 15 in the MENA region. Googles regional marketing director for the [...]

OSN to invest in original content

Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) rebranded its streaming app Wavo to OSN Streaming with the intention of combining its traditional and digital offering. Within two months, content consumption on the app grew by a surprising 900 percent and the download of its apps increased by 1700 percent. Last year, OSN has announced new original productions that [...]

Pope Francis documentary to be available in UAE

A documentary about Pope Francis will make its MENA debut on Starzplay on April 1, ahead of Easter. In January, Francesco was acquired globally by discovery+. Francesco, a film by Oscar-nominated director and producer Evgeny Afineevsky, gives audiences an intimate look at the head of the Catholic church and global leader. Topics that will be addressed include climate change, [...]

Spacetoon introduces programming block for mothers and preschoolers in MENA

Family edutainment content creator, provider & streaming platform Spacetoon has introduced a new programming block targeting mothers and their preschool-aged kids on its free-to-air TV channel and Spacetoon Go online streaming service. Spacetoon will be the first Arab kids TV channel to launch such a co-watching block. Content will stream every day from 7 a.m. [...]

Netflix South Africa announces new paranormal series ‘Dead Places’

Netflix will release a new paranormal series set in South Africa, called Dead Places, in April. With the series taking place in South Africa, it features 50 filming locations across the country. This includes Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Cradle of Humankind, and the Limpopo town of Thabazimbi. Dead Places follows paranormal detective Will Stone, played by [...]

Intigral and NPAW renew OTT collaboration in MENA

Intigral has renewed its collaboration with the video intelligence company NPAW. By adding NPAWs new and enhanced Users product, to the existing suite of Youbora, Jawwy TV Intigrals premium media and entertainment product will be able to better understand its subscribers behaviour to optimise the platform. The wide set of metrics provided by [...]

Netflix and NFVF to fund South African movies

Netflix and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have announced a R28-million partnership to fund the production of South African micro-budget feature films. The agreement will see both partners contributing R14 million each in support of the production of local films, which will include exclusive debuts on Netflix. The partnership will see 6 local [...]