Advanced Television


Starzplay: 70% increase in viewership during Ramadan

Ramadan entertainment continues to be in high demand in MENA and has driven growth in viewership during the Holy Month, according to a viewership analysis by Starzplay, an SVoD service in the region. The platform witnessed a significant increase in viewership across the GCC markets with nearly a 70 per cent increase in unique users […]

May 23, 2023

Starzplay appoints Saab in SVP role

Starzplay, the MENA streaming service, has announced the appointment of Tony Saab as the Senior Vice President of Content and Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Saab will be responsible for developing and implementing content acquisition and original production strategies which will further bolster Starzplay’s library of original content and shows. This includes all aspects of […]

May 2, 2023

PTO on Starzplay Sports

The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has announced that streaming service Starzplay Sports will broadcast all its 2023 PTO Tour races live across 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) this year as well as show race highlights and preview shows. Starzplay launched Starzplay Sports in 2022, a dedicated package that provides premium international […]

April 27, 2023

Starzplay’s Kaboos becomes #1 show across MENA within 48 hours

Kaboos, the Starzplay original horror series produced in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, has broken viewership records for the streaming platform within 48 hours of the first two episodes premiering. Since its release, Kaboos has uplifted acquisitions to Starzplay, with many new users watching Kaboos immediately upon subscription, lifting engagement within the platform by […]

February 16, 2023

Lionsgate: Record revenue from TV, film library

Lionsgate has reported Q3 (quarter ended December 31st 2022) revenue of $1 billion (€0.93bn), operating income of $7.8 million and net income attributable to Lionsgate shareholders of $16.6 million. “We reported a strong financial quarter with record trailing 12-month library revenues affirming the value of our intellectual properties,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.  “We enter […]

February 10, 2023

Starzplay, WATCH IT content partnership

Starzplay has announced its multi-year partnership with WATCH IT, one of the leading VoD platforms in the region, to bring the biggest Arab talent and their most recent works to Starzplay and evision audiences, and likewise the biggest Hollywood productions to WATCH IT subscribers at no extra cost. From movies and series to daily talk […]

February 2, 2023

Starzplay launching first Arabic original series

Starzplay, the MENA streaming platform, has announced the launch of Starzplay’s first Arabic language original, Kaboos. The series is set to stream on the platform starting from February 9th. Set in different eras and across countries in the MENA region, Kaboos is a modern-day retelling of Arab folklore. The series takes viewers on a journey […]

January 26, 2023

Lionsgate takes $1.8bn hit, cuts territories

Lionsgate has reported second quarter (to September 30th 2022) revenue of $875.2 million (€893.7m), operating loss of $1.75 billion and net loss attributable to Lionsgate shareholders of $1.81 billion. The company made a strategic decision to exit seven Lionsgate+ (formerly Starzplay International) international territories, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, the Nordics and Japan, to streamline […]

November 4, 2022

Starzplay streams ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Starzplay will stream every match from the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in partnership with eVision, the media, and entertainment division of e& life (part of e&). Cricket fans can watch all 45 games live on Starzplay and subscribers to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament pass will be able to stream all […]

October 18, 2022

Starzplay rebrands as Lionsgate+

Starz has announced that its Starzplay streaming service will rebrand as Lionsgate+, coinciding with a new brand look rolling out globally on September 29th. Starzplay will rebrand to Lionsgate+ in 35 Starz markets excluding the US and Canada where it will remain Starz. Brand names for Starzpay Arabia along with South and Southeast Asia’s Lionsgate […]

September 28, 2022