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Orbit Showtime Network
Joint venture between
KIPCO and
Mawarid Holding (Private)
IndustryBroadcast
FoundedJuly 12, 2009
Headquarters United Arab Emirates
Area served
Middle East and North Africa or United Kingdom
Key people
Faisal Al Ayyar (Chairman, Panther Media Group Limited)
Patrick Tillieux(CEO, OSN)
Products Direct-broadcast satellite
Website www.osn.com
Footnotes /references
Coverage Area http://www.nilesat.com.eg/CoverageArea.aspx

Orbit Showtime Network (OSN, stylized as "osn" [1] ) is a direct-broadcast satellite provider serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It offers popular entertainment content such as movies, sporting events and various TV shows from major networks and studios such as Warner Bros., Paramount, HBO, Fox, Disney, Sony, Zee Network, MGM, Universal, ESPN and DreamWorks [2] in addition to local versions specifically for the MENA region. As of 2015 OSN offers 154 television channels and 53 high-definition channels and 3D entertainment. OSN was formed as a result of merger of two of the Mideast's largest TV networks, Orbit and Showtime Arabia in 2009. [3]

Middle East region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt. Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest Middle Eastern nation while Bahrain is the smallest. The corresponding adjective is Middle Eastern and the derived noun is Middle Easterner. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century.

North Africa Northernmost region of Africa

North Africa is a region encompassing the northern portion of the African continent. There is no singularly accepted scope for the region, and it is sometimes defined as stretching from the Atlantic shores of Mauritania in the west, to Egypt's Suez Canal and the Red Sea in the east. Others have limited it to the countries of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, a region that was known by the French during colonial times as "Afrique du Nord" and is known by Arabs as the Maghreb. The most commonly accepted definition includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Sudan, the 6 countries that shape the top North of the African continent. Meanwhile, "North Africa", particularly when used in the term North Africa and the Middle East, often refers only to the countries of the Maghreb and Libya. Egypt, being also part of the Middle East, is often considered separately, due to being both North African and Middle Eastern at the same time.

Warner Bros. American entertainment company

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., d/b/a Warner Bros. (WB), is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film, television and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The OSN network is owned and operated by Panther Media Group Limited, a joint venture between KIPCO (60.5%) and Mawarid Holding (39.5%) and is registered in the DIFC. [4] OSN's corporate headquarters and Broadcast Center are based in Dubai Media City in the United Arab Emirates.

KIPCO

Kuwait Projects Company (Holding), known as KIPCO, is an investment holding company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with consolidated assets of US$34.2 billion as of 31 December 2018. The Group has significant ownership interests in a portfolio of over 60 companies operating across 24 countries. The group's main business sectors are financial services, media, real estate and manufacturing. Through its core companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, KIPCO also has interests in the education and medical sectors.

Mawarid Holding is a private Saudi investment company. It was established in 1968. Its headquarters are in Suleimania. It manages and controls investments in diversified businesses in financial services, telecommunications, satellite television and radio network, construction, general distribution and trading, catering and restaurants.

Dubai Media City free economic zone

Dubai Media City (DMC), part of Dubai Holding, is a tax-free zone within Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

OSN introduced several technologies and services in the Middle East market. In 2012 the OSN DVR HD was launched. OSN Play, an online TV platform; [5] Plus HD, a 3D, HD, internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder [6] and OSN on Demand, the region's first VOD service were all launched in the same year. [7]

A digital video recorder (DVR) is an electronic device that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes with direct to disk recording, portable media players and TV gateways with recording capability, and digital camcorders. Personal computers are often connected to video capture devices and used as DVRs; in such cases the application software used to record video is an integral part of the DVR. Many DVRs are classified as consumer electronic devices; such devices may alternatively be referred to as personal video recorders (PVRs), particularly in Canada.

Video on demand Systems which allow users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content on demand

Video on-demand (VOD) is a form of video media distribution that allows users to consume TV and movie-content whenever they choose rather than at a scheduled broadcast time. During the 20th century, the major form of media distribution was broadcast in the form of over-the-air programming. The development of the Internet and IPTV technology in the late 20th century resulted in a significant switch in content consumption habits with VOD coming to televisions and personal computers. Unlike broadcast TV, video on demand requires each user to have considerable internet bandwidth to access the content effectively.

In August 2013, OSN acquired Pehla Media & Entertainment, offering around forty channels in a variety of South Asian languages in the MENA region, with content such as Bollywood movies and cricket

South Asia Southern region of Asia

South Asia, or Southern Asia, is the southern region of the Asian continent, which comprises the sub-Himalayan SAARC countries and, for some authorities, adjoining countries to the west and east. Topographically, it is dominated by the Indian Plate, which rises above sea level as Nepal and northern parts of India situated south of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush. South Asia is bounded on the south by the Indian Ocean and on land by West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

MENA is an English-language acronym referring to the Middle East and North Africa region. An alternative term for the same group of countries is WANA. The term covers an extensive region stretching from Morocco to Iran, including all Mashriq and Maghreb countries. This toponym is roughly synonymous with the term the Greater Middle East.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry (Tollywood) and other industries, making up Indian Cinema – the world's largest by number of feature films produced.

On 13 February 2019, OSN announced that it would discontinue its sports channels, besides cricket, beginning 31 March 2019, in order to focus more on premium entertainment content. [8] [9] On July 15, 2019 OSN discontonued The OSN Pehla package of Asian content including the Cricket content to focus on Arabic and Western content.

Overview

Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) is a partnership between the Orbit Communications Company – a member of Riyadh-based Mawarid Holdings, and Showtime Arabia – a subsidiary of Kipco, the leading pay-TV operator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). [10] Showtime Arabia, was launched in 1996 as a joint venture between KIPCO (79%) and CBS Corporation (21%) and six years after its launch became the number one satellite television platform in MENA. Showtime Arabia continued its growth in the region by adding a range of new channels and new services such as the “Showbox DVR’ System in 2005 which allowed subscribers to record different programs. In 2008, Showtime Arabia also introduced a video on-demand service, broadcasting full seasons of premier U.S. series and top Hollywood movies. [11]

Technology

OSN had launched 2 multi-function interactive decoders:

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References

  1. OSN website.
  2. "OSN strengthens its presence in Qatar with new dealership". Zawya (Press release). OSN. November 19, 2013.
  3. Birkinbine, B.; Gomez, R.; Wasko, J. (2016). Global Media Giants. Taylor & Francis. p. 282. ISBN   978-1-317-40286-2 . Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  4. "Kuwait's KIPCO hires Rothschild to advise TV arm IPO". Reuters U.K. 22 June 2013.
  5. "OSN Play". OSN.
  6. "OSN launches Plus HD". mediaME. 17 September 2012.
  7. "OSN goes hybrid with new PVR". BroadcastPro Middle East. 5 November 2012.
  8. "OSN to ditch all non-cricket sports channels from March 31". The National. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  9. Shakeel, Shayan (February 13, 2019). "OSN to drop all sports channels except for cricket". Arabian Business .
  10. Pavlik, J.V. (2015). Digital Technology and the Future of Broadcasting: Global Perspectives. Electronic Media Research Series. Taylor & Francis. p. 116. ISBN   978-1-317-48695-4 . Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  11. "Operator Briefing: Orbit Showtime Network (OSN)". Dataxis. June 2014.

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