Homepage of OSN Play.
|Joint venture between |
Mawarid Holding (Private)
|Founded||July 12, 2009|
|Headquarters||United Arab Emirates Egypt and Saudi Arabia|
|Middle East and North Africa or United Kingdom|
|Faisal Al Ayyar (Chairman, Panther Media Group Limited)|
Patrick Tillieux(CEO, OSN)
|Footnotes / references|
Coverage Area http://www.nilesat.com.eg/CoverageArea.aspx
Orbit Showtime Network (OSN, stylized as "osn") 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, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal, ESPN and DreamWorks in addition to local versions specifically for the MENA region. As of 2015[update] 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.
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. OSN's corporate headquarters and Broadcast Center are based in Dubai Media City in the 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; Plus HD, a 3D, HD, internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder and OSN on Demand, the region's first VOD service were all launched in the same year.
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. On July 15, 2019 OSN discontonued The OSN Pehla package of Asian content including the Cricket content to focus on Arabic and Western content.
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). 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.
OSN had launched 2 multi-function interactive decoders:
- OSN Plus HD
- OSN HD
- OSN On Demand HD
- Kids and Family:
- Pinoy (Philippines)
- OSN website.
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