Showtime-Orbit launches 75 channel pay TV bouquet

EXCLUSIVE: Revamped service includes high definition sports channel.
Showtime president and CEO Marc-Antoine d'Halluin.
Showtime president and CEO Marc-Antoine d'Halluin.

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Showtime-Orbit will launch its revamped pay TV bouquet tomorrow, providing subscribers with 75 channels of news, entertainment and sport, including a high-definition service broadcasting English Premier League matches.

In an exclusive interview with DPme.com, Showtime-Orbit president and CEO Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, said the launch would consolidate the merged entity’s existing channel bouquet, and would be available to existing subscribers for a flat fee, “marginally greater” than existing Showtime-Orbit packages.

All new subscribers will be offered the package from the commencement of their contracts.

“This is the first step in our plan to pass on the benefits of this merger to our subscribers,” he said.

“It represents a major increase in the number of channels offered to Showtime and Orbit’s existing subscriber base.”

Showtime-Orbit has moved to leverage its stranglehold on the first-run feature film business, by offering 15 movie channels in the new bouquet. The merged entity currently maintains exclusive distribution rights with every major Hollywood film production studio.

Other highlights include expanded television news services and documentary channels, including the full roster of Discovery, History and National Geographic offerings.

The service will go live on August 14 to Showtime-Orbit satellite subscribers accessing Nilesat. Cable subscribers accessing Showtime-Orbit channels on du and etisalat platforms in the UAE, are expected to be provided access in “the coming days”, d’Halluin commented.

DPme.com will feature an extensive interview with Marc-Antoine d’Halluin in the coming days.

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