Business18 February 2018
- New partnership marks first step for regional industry collaboration and integration
- Deal provides OSN customers with even more entertainment choices, value and convenience
Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2018: OSN, the Middle East and North Africa region’s leading entertainment network, has signed the first partnership deal in the region with Netflix – the world’s leading internet entertainment service – marking a bold first step for industry collaboration and integration.
The partnership comes amid a shifting global media landscape that sees demand for relevant and exclusive content across multiple platforms continue to grow; and soon OSN customers will be able to access Netflix’s amazing content library via a new OSN Box that will be launched towards the end of the second quarter. Plus, customers will also have the flexibility to pay for their Netflix subscription via one consolidated OSN bill.
With an emphasis on delivering great value, the customer-first partnership brings Netflix’s entertainment catalogue to OSN screens across the region, cementing Netflix and OSN’s drive to offer something for everyone, on demand, anywhere and anytime.
Martin Stewart, CEO, OSN said: “The future of the entertainment industry in the MENA region will be shaped by providers who offer value and choice at every turn, and through this groundbreaking partnership with Netflix, we are demonstrating our customer-centric focus on delivering convenience and flexibility for all.”
Neil Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of OSN added: “The breadth of OSN’s programming portfolio in the region is unbeatable and cemented by long-term partnerships with major international studios such as Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, and Sony to name a few. Now with the addition of Netflix, OSN continues to ensure entertainment lovers in the region have more choice and easy access to a stellar line-up of unique content via one interface.”
Maria Ferreras, VP Business Development for EMEA at Netflix, said: “With this regional partnership and thanks to hundreds of Netflix's original titles slated for 2018, OSN's customers will be able to seamlessly access and enjoy all the best entertainment in one place.”
The deal will offer access to Hollywood movies, top TV shows, documentaries, independent films, stand-up comedy and a wide range of kid’s titles and Netflix's critically-acclaimed original programming. Customers will also have access to exclusive series and films in Ultra HD 4K and HDR such as Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. For original series, there are Netflix award-winning shows like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and The Crown; global phenomena such as 13 Reasons Why and Narcos, and the new cyberpunk noir Altered Carbon. Netflix’s first Arabic stand-up comedy Adel Karam: Live from Beirut, is due to launch soon.
For more information on Netflix, please contact:
Technology and Corporate Communications
For more information on OSN, please contact:
Zahabia Motiwala Robert Tasker
Communications Director, OSN
Dubai Media City, Dubai, UAE
+971 (0) 367 7084
OSN is the region’s leading entertainment network with the rights to broadcast into 24 countries across the MENA. The company is owned and operated by Panther Media Group, registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has two shareholders, KIPCO and the Mawarid Group Limited.
OSN has a history of providing exceptional value for customers with its focus on exclusive and in-demand content, and innovative digital platforms for anywhere, anytime access.
With over 150 channels, OSN’s strength is its unbeatable range of exclusive programming led by its long-term partnerships with studio majors including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, Paramount, MGM, Sony, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.
65 HD channels mean OSN is the home for premium and nowhere-else content in Arabic, English, Filipino and South Asian languages. OSN broadcasts the latest content at the same minute as in the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best sports events. In addition, OSN also provides entertainment content for devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones via its OSN Play, online and mobile app entertainment platform, WAVO, offering movies, series and sports on the go.
OSN has been at the forefront of digital technology innovation in the Middle East introducing the first Digital Video Recorder HD, OSN Play, an online TV platform, an internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder and OSN on Demand, the region's first VOD service.
OSN also expanded its language services when it 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, including the ICC Cricket World Cup.
OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivalled exclusive content and unbeatable value.
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 117 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.