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Competition Heats Up in Arab Pay-TV Arena as OSN Strengthens Ties to MGM

Competition is heating up in the Arab world’s rapidly evolving pay-TV arena. Prominent Dubai-based paybox OSN announced on Thursday it has re-upped its exclusive output deal with MGM in the immediate aftermath of news that its fast-growing smaller rival beIN Media Group has acquired 100% of Miramax.

The “long-term” deal between OSN and MGM will give OSN first and second pay window rights for current MGM titles including “Spectre” and “Creed (pictured),” and also its vast library of classics comprising the entire “Bond,” “Rocky,” and “Stargate” franchises.

The partnership will give OSN viewers “the opportunity to enjoy over 175 Academy Award winning films,” the company boasted, including on OSN’s catch-up service OSN Play, and on-demand Go online TV.

OSN recently announced the launch of seven new channels – BBC First HD, OSN First HD Home of HBO, OSN Ya Hala Cinema HD, OSN Movies Family HD, H2, Discovery Family and IDX, and are planning to launch more premium and exclusive high definition channels over the next few months.

They have close relationships with other Hollywood studios including Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, NBC Universal, HBO and DreamWorks.

 

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