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Arab satellite pay-TV operators provide 280 channels

November 9, 2015

Research and analysis by the Arab Advisors Group reveals that as of October 2015 the four satellite pay-TV operators, broadcasting from the region, offered a combined total of 280 channels. OSN is the leader in terms of the number of offered channels.

Four satellite pay-TV providers broadcast from the Arab World. Namely: Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), beIN Sports, Al Majd and MyHD. Expectedly, beIN Sports offers the highest number of sports pay-TV channels with 21 sports channels.

Three of the four pay-TV providers also offer HD channels: OSN, beIN Sports and MyHD. OSN and MyHD offered 55 and 53 HD channels, respectively, while beIN Sports provided 20 HD channels.

“By September 2015, the four pay-TV providers offered 280 channels. OSN had the highest number with 162 channels (including the 3 pay-per-view channels and two On Demand channels), MyHD came in second with 84 channels. beIN Sports offered 21 channels, while Al Majd TV provided 13 channels,” Hiba Al Atiyat, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst wrote in the report.

“The total air time per month for the four pay-TV providers reached 201,600 hours. OSN and MyHD had a 57.9 per cent and 30 per cent share of the total air time, respectively, while beIN Sports’ market share of the total air time reached 7.5 per cent. As for Al Majd, it stood at 4.6 per cent by end of September 2015,” Al-Atiyat added.

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