Dubai-based pay-TV network OSN has extended its partnership with Discovery Communications across the Middle East and North Africa. As part of the deal OSN will launch two new HD channels, Discovery Family HD and IDX HD, and will also gain extended digital rights for its VOD and catch-up services.
Discovery Family HD and IDX HD are the latest premium exclusive channels from Discovery, and will join the flagship channels Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD and now Discovery Science HD, which are also exclusive for OSN across the region. Animal Planet HD will also continue to be carried by OSN.
The two new Discovery channels complement the five new channels recently launched on OSN, and will be fully localised from launch, featuring a mixture of Arabic dubbing and subtitling throughout their schedules to ensure they are accessible for all viewers.
Emad Morcos, senior VP – media partners and digital, OSN, said: “The long-term partnership with Discovery Communications further strengthens the ‘nowhere else’ television experience that we offer to our subscribers. The exclusive launch of two new channels and the introduction of new content, available across all our platforms, gives us a definitive edge as the go-to destination for thoughtfully executed and intensely researched programmes that are a signature of Discovery.
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“The wide breadth of programmes on Discovery Family HD and IDX HD will provide family audiences high quality content exclusively on OSN. We will continue to bring exceptional television experiences to our subscribers this year, having already expanded our offering through five new channels.”
James Gibbons, EVP and country manager, emerging business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA, said: “OSN has been our long-standing partner in the region for several years, and we are excited to extend this relationship further and add two new channels to their HD offering. Discovery Family HD is the destination channel that will bring the whole family together, featuring quality programming that will inspire a new way of learning, while IDX HD will have viewers glued to their seats with glossy reconstructions of real-life mysteries. Combined with an increase of new hours of entertaining content across our flagship premium channels, Discovery’s portfolio will now offer even more value for OSN subscribers.”
OSN subscribers can look forward to a number of new, exclusive shows on its channels Discovery Channel HD and TLC HD in 2016, including the series Harley & Davidson and the Bafta-nominated documentary special Sherpa, both coming to Discovery Channel later this year.
While on TLC, viewers can expect new series from popular faces such as Whitney Thore in My Big Fat Fabulous Life, plus even more content from Oprah Winfrey who, off the back of her series Belief, returns in 2016 with Oprah’s Master Class and Oprah: Where are They Now?