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Google Chromecast the top Over the Top device in EMEA

According to a new study by video infrastructure technology company Bitmovin, Google Chromecast is the leading Over the Top device in EMEA. It has 37% adoption among developers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Amazon is in third place with 15% of the market, with Roku coming a close second with 8% share. Chromecast …

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Minaa VOD partners with Muvi to launch a Documentary based VOD Platform for the Arab World

At Muvi we are happy to announce the launch of yet another one of our client’s Video on Demand (VOD) website – Minaa VOD (www.minaa.online) Minaa VOD is the first of its kind interactive Video on Demand platform which specializes in collecting, harbouring and celebrating regional and creative documentaries from the Arab world. Minaa considers …

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Cisco VNI: Mobile video growing fastest with video viewing amounting to 82% of internet traffic

According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) shows a growth of 1.3 billion Internet users by 2021 amounting to 4.6 billion or almost 60% of the population. Also, it suggests that 82% of internet users watch videos. It is expected that there will be 27.1 billion devices and connections half of which will …

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SVOD service iflix Arabia launches in five MENA markets

Zain which is Kuwait’s (Middle East) service provider, has launched OTT TV service iflix Arabia across five of its eight key markets in the region. The video-on-demand service, a joint venture between Zain and iflix (Asian SVOD player) is available in the initial period in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan. It will soon be …

Zero-rating streaming service launched by OOREDOO

The Qatari international telecommunication Company Ooredoo revealed their new offer called ‘Stream On’ which is a video streaming service that provides unlimited access to certain content providers such as Youtube and VIU.  It is priced at US$1.30 per day for prepaid customers and US$26 per month for postpaid customers. This service provides only SD quality …

Internet transforming traditional TV viewing habits in MENA

The increased usage of smartphone and internet has transformed TV viewing patterns in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to Frost & Sullivan. According to research conducted by the business consulting firm, the large, young population present in the MENA region is responsible for garnering investment in the OTT video services space. There …

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iFlix expands to Middle-East & North Africa

South-East Asian SVOD provider Iflix has expanded into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with launches in eight territories. The service is now available in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan, broadening Iflix’s footprint to a total of 18 countries. The firm has also established a new regional headquarters …

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OTT platform Viu launches in Middle East

PCCW’s OTT platform Viu is being launched in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Egypt. The video on demand service is already available in markets including Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. The service majorly offers international, local and regional entertainment on-demand including the Syrian, Egyptian, Khaleeji and Tunisian TV dramas. In the Middle …

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Global IPTV Market to reach USD 93.59 billion in 2021

According to a recent report, global IPTV market was valued at some USD 34.67 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at USD 93.59 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of around 18.01% amid 2016 and 2021. The report states that the IPTV market is mainly driven by the increasing demand of high-definition (HD) channels and video …

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Half of Middle East Subs would Switch Operator for Unlimited Video

According to an independent research from Openwave Mobility, over 50% of Middle Eastern subscribers would switch their carriers to the one offering an uncapped video streaming service. The research also found out that subscribers blamed mobile operators for poor streaming quality. Mobile data in the Middle East and Africa has been growing at a phenomenal rate of increasing …

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