E-Vision seals SVoD content deal with BBC Worldwide

Etisalat's E-vision acquires SVoD rights for raft of top BBC series
Natasha Hussain, VP and GM, BBC Worldwide.
Natasha Hussain, VP and GM, BBC Worldwide.

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Etisalat’s E-vision has agreed an SVoD content deal BBC Worldwide. The deal, which will see E-Vision gain BBC content including War and Peace, Wolf Hall and Wild Mexico, was finalised at Mipcom 2017.

Jonathan Haysom, VP of home product marketing for Etisalat UAE, said: “eLife TV service continues to expand its content horizons and solidify itself as the biggest entertainment hub in the UAE. eLife TV customers will now enjoy more cutting-edge dramas, immersive documentaries and compelling children's content that the BBC is famous for.”

Natasha Hussain, VP and GM for the Middle East and Mediterranean region, BBC Worldwide said: “MENA is one of the fastest growing online markets in the world, with changing viewing habits among data-savvy consumers. Everyone wants convenient, quick access to world-class entertainment. BBC Worldwide is delighted to be answering this need by bringing the very best of premium British content at pace, directly to E-Vision clientele, including eLife TV subscribers.”

Humaid Sahoo, CEO of E-Vision, added: “We are delighted to continue to enhance our content offering by partnering with BBC Worldwide. This first agreement with BBC Worldwide aims to be the start of a long partnership with a world-class content house.”

The agreement delivers a broad spectrum of content to Etisalat’s SVOD customers, including War and Peace, the critically acclaimed modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time makes it SVOD premiere in the market, alongside Golden Globe award-winning drama Wolf Hall, spectacular natural history series Wild Mexico, classic comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (S1-3) and feel-good family comedy Citizen Khan (S1-4).

Music fans will be able to watch Last Night of BBC Proms 2014 & 2015, and younger viewers can learn through play with BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning preschool title Hey Duggee alongside ratings hit Go Jetters and Sarah & Duck.

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