Exclusive CEO Interview: Netflix celebrates 20 years
In an exclusive interview, Netflix founder Reed Hastings says that the secret to his company’s success is simply “having great shows”
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WeTV Arabia partners with Red Bee Media in launching a 24/7 educational channel via the Abu Dhabi broadcast hub.
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Leica cinematic lenses arm rebrands as Leitz, inaugarates new factory
CW Sonderoptic revealed a full relaunch under the new brand name Leitz Cine Wetzlar to coincide with the opening event of the new Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.

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beIN to Broadcast 22 World Cup Matches on Its Free-to-Air Channels in MENA
The broadcasters said this landmark deal represents a gesture of goodwill by the global broadcaster to offer its content to the widest possible audience across the Arabic speaking world.
Vista Cinema software installed in Saudi cinemas
Vista's cinema management software deployed in Saudi cinema venues provides reporting to the General Commission for Audiovisual Media
Comcast tops Disney's offer for 21st Century Fox assets
Comcast on Wednesday offered to buy the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for $35 per share in cash, valuing the assets at $65 billion.
Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi picks up edutainment program by Ukrainian studio
National Geographic Kids Abu Dhabi has bought the latest title from MK Distribution, a part of MK Media Group, Ukraine released in January 2018, and titled "Who’s there?"
VIVA Kuwait strikes deal with OSN to provide its customers with WAVO
After a one-month free trial period, customers will automatically remain subscribed to WAVO for KD3 a month unless they opt out.
Mideast's first ScreenX multi projection cinema to open in Kuwait
Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) signed an agreement with South Korea's CJ 4DPlex to set up the Middle East's debut ScreenX in Kuwait - the world's first multi-projection system that provides a 270-degree panoramic film viewing experience within a theatre setting.
Fox regional chief reveals plans for OTT play
Fox Network Group Middle East head Sanjay Raina says the successful experience in South East Asia, leave it optimistic about a similar OTT streaming video service in the Middle East
Signiant expands presence in Asia through partnership
Ideal Systems will resell and support Signiant’s portfolio of industry-leading solutions in the region. The companies first outing together will be at BroadcastAsia2018, Suntec Singapore, 26-28 June 2018.
World Cup broadcast in 4K Ultra HD on eLife from Etisalat
Football fans in the UAE will have the opportunity to watch 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia also in 4K, on channel 772 in English and channel 773 in Arabic.
Rotolight launches lightweight Neo 2 Explorer kit
Representing a 50% weight saving over the existing three-light light hard case, the Explorer Kit is one of the lightest weight kits ever designed, with the Rotolight NEO 2 Explorer Kit weighing a mere 6.8kg.
Broadcast Solutions to show full systems integration portfolio at Broadcast Asia
Broadcast Solutions will introduce the all-in-one live production systems manufacturer Simplylive to the Asian market for the first time.
Intigral selects ARRIS OTT set-top for Jawwy TV service
The service, which is scheduled to debut in the coming weeks will be powered by ARRIS's VIP4302W OTT set-top, with the widely deployed KreaTV HTML5-based middleware platform.
Blink Studios wins Auggie Awards at Augmented World Expo
Blink Studios was awarded the ‘Best Art or Film’ for its animated short series ‘Karim & Noor’ at the 2018 Augmented World Expo (AWE) awards. This prestigious win marks a first for the Middle East based studio.
Egypt claims right to terrestial broadcast of 22 World Cup games
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Egyptian Competition Authority said it had decided to "enforce its authority" and "compel FIFA to give the right for direct ground transmission to the (Egyptian) National Media Authority" for 22 World Cup matches.
Tickets set to go on sale for Saudi Arabia's first Disney film screening
AMC Cinemas says Incredibles 2 will premiere at its cinema located at the King Abdullah International Conference Centre in Jeddah
Quality over Quantity
Nahla Elmallawany, Head of Content at Discovery Middle East & Africa explains their approach to creating quality Ramadan programming.