GCC countries had the largest number of IPTV providers in the region.
IPTV is in its initial stage of penetration in the Arab World, and is still developing, according to a new report from Arab Advisors Group overviews the IPTV services in the Arab world by April 2015.
At present, fourteen service providers in nine countries in the MENA region offer IPTV services. These countries are: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Moreover, there is a number of international and local broadcasting networks which offer subscription-based VOD services for viewers in the Middle East and North Africa. These providers include: Starz Play, icflix and Istikana.
"By April 2015 […] Bahrain had the largest number of IPTV providers with three providers available in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia and the UAE followed with 2 service providers each," said Ms. Hiba Al Atiyat, a senior research analyst at Arab Advisors Group.
“As broadband Internet expands in the Arab world, IPTV adoption is increasing. The competition among IPTV service providers within the same country drives its offered features into frequent upgrades, which makes the user's TV viewing experience more interactive," she added.