OSN has renewed with Disney giving it the exclusive rights to Disney’s first-pay movies and channels in the MENA region.
The deal means that OSN will continue to offer an extensive selection of movies, popular series and coverage of the Academy Awards.
OSN, which is the sole MENA provider of the channels Disney XD, Disney Junior and Disney Channel HD, will also launch a dedicated Disney-branded HD movie channel early next year, as well as the Disney Forever on-demand service in the coming months, which will include fan favourite Disney Channel classic series.
The Dubai-based broadcaster will also launch three new digital services: Disney Channel Pop Pick Play, Disney English and Disney Channel Hindi.
OSN said that it will remain the entertainment destination for the biggest blockbusters from Lucasfilm Ltd such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Marvel titles including Doctor Strange, Disney/Pixar films such as The Incredibles 2, as well as top quality ABC Studios shows including Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, among others.
OSN’s subscribers will get to watch the latest Disney movies on OSN’s channels more than a year before any other pay television or subscription on-demand platform in the region. OSN will also continue to broadcast some of the top ABC Studios television series.
Emad Morcos, chief content officer, OSN, said: “We are continuing to build on our strong collaboration with Disney through an even wider range of content that appeals to family and kids.”
Chafic Najia, general manager, Disney Middle East & North Africa said: “We are delighted to build on our long-standing and dynamic relationship with OSN across the MENA region. Through offering new, dedicated channels and services, families across the Middle East and North Africa can access the premium family entertainment that Disney is world-famous for.”
OSN viewers will also continue to get access to box sets of favourite series with ABC Studios on Demand and classic movies on Disney on Demand.
Disney XD will introduce Arabic dubbing in 2018 adding to Disney Junior and Disney Channel HD are already available with Arabic dubbing or subtitles.