Dubai’s MyHD makes speedy progress
March 17, 2014
By Chris Forrester
Barely a year ago it started test transmissions, and went ‘live’ on May 30th 2013, yet Dubai-based all-HDTV broadcaster MyHD is making dramatic progress. CEO Cliff Nelson says that total paying subscription numbers now exceed 400,000. Their DTH universe tops 150,000, while cable makes up the difference.
In a sideways dig at arch-rivals OSN, Nelson says that using OSN’s methodology of counting subscribers then MyHD’s totals would number in excess of 550,000.
MyHD is a joint venture with Arabsat, and operates exclusively from Arabsat’s satellites. Its channels are almost exclusively High Def, and over recent months it has added Discovery Science HD and Animal Planet HD as well as extra Rotana channels in HD. In February it added another MBC taking the total carried to 55 channels and of which 44 are in HD.