Yahlive expands offering with Balkan content

Yahlive launches expanded bouquet of channels for the Balkan diaspora in Middle East
Ammar Baranbo, Yahlive chief operating officer.
Ammar Baranbo, Yahlive chief operating officer.


UAE satellite broadcaster Yahlive has further expanded its content offering in partnership with Adriatic Tours S.L., owners of Alpha One RTV Network.

The announcement sees an expanded bouquet of channels for the Balkan diaspora residing in the Middle East and North Africa. These, along with other free-to-air channels, are available to anyone in the MENA region by pointing their dish at the Yahsat 1A satellite located at 52.5E.

The additional seven Balkan community-targeted channels include content available in several languages including Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, Turkish, Spanish, English and Arabic. This latest move forms part of the partnership, launched in October 2015, with Mahir Zisko, general manager, Adriatic Tours S.L., which saw the introduction of the first Balkan TV bouquet for the Balkan community residing in Europe.

The announcement follows the company’s latest offering - the launch of 57 Algerian channels of which 36 are exclusively available on Yahlive. Through these developments, the company has tripled its free-to-air channels in the region to over 247, 147 of which are exclusively available through Yahlive in the last three months.

Ammar Baranbo, Yahlive chief operating officer, said: “Our expanded offerings are designed to bring tailored content to different communities; hence we broadcast channels that are culturally and socially relevant. The Balkan community, living in MENA, holds immense significance for us and we are delighted to be able to air their favourite TV channels through Yahlive.

“Today, Yahlive’s viewers have access to hundreds of channels in more than 12 languages. We are committed to working closely with broadcasters to ensure that we are offering more free-to-air TV channels to niche communities across our coverage area,” Ammar added.

Yahlive, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, was launched in 2011 as a joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES, and Yahsat a pioneering UAE-based satellite operator. Yahlive has been operating a leading-edge network to broadcast free-to-air high-quality satellite television and positively impacts the lives of its viewers by remaining connected through language and content.


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