Arabsat launches TV Everywhere

Global operator to stream many of GAB Channels live to multiple platforms
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO Arabsat.
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO Arabsat.

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Saudi Arabian satellite operator Arabsat has launched Arabsat TV Everywhere, a multi-platform OTT TV service with live streams of Arabic channels.

The service, which is powered by Globecast’s OTT Live solution, is an expansion of the already popular Global Arabic Bouquet (GAB), a grouping of premium Arabic channels from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

The service, which is available to watch for free from almost anywhere in the world on PC, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, will allow more people to enjoy content from GAB.

Globecast, which has been ARABSAT and ASBU’s partner for the worldwide distribution of the GAB since 2004, designed and developed the complete TV everywhere service. The end-to-end solution, which includes content preparation; content management; application design and development; delivery and a player, will enable Arabsat to deliver a seamless experience across all devices.

Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO Arabsat, said: “The world of OTT service delivery is one that’s growing rapidly. You only have to look at the growth in the sale of connected devices to see why.

Globecast has always provided us with excellent distribution services and we are very pleased to announce the extension of our partnership.”

Giorgio Giacomini, managing director, Globecast Middle East, said: “Arabsat’s decision to make many channels of the GAB available on smartphones and tablets reflects the growing desire of audiences around the world to consume content when and where they want. Because of this we have carefully designed our solutions to provide both technical and business acumen allowing our customers to easily expand with innovative new OTT services while concentrating on what they do best: create and develop world class content.”

Since the launch of their partnership, Globecast, Arabsat and ASBU have expanded the Global Arabic Bouquet’s potential viewership and footprint, offering a single global coverage to ASBU members.

Arabic language channels are now able to join the bouquet and reach viewers on all five continents free to air.

 

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