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Piracy kills OSN’s Pehla bouquet

June 19, 2019

By Chris Forrester

Dubai-based OSN (the former Orbit-Showtime Network) has reportedly decided to end transmissions of its South Asian ‘Pehla’ bouquet of channels.

Transmissions – and subscription renewals – will cease on July 15th after the close of the massively popular ICC Cricket World Cup.

OSN firmly blames piracy as being a huge challenge in the Middle East, and especially in the Gulf countries.

OSN acquired Pehla in 2013 and brought Pehla’s near-40 channel bouquet under the OSN umbrella.

Dubai’s BroadcastPro quotes a statement from OSN saying that “Illegal streaming sites, pirate IPTV decoders within OSN’s licensed territories has made it difficult for OSN to continue offering Pehla”.

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