Broadcast Business

MENA pay TV impacted by piracy, OTT platforms
The ‘Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts’ report from Digital TV Research found that pay TV revenues for 20 MENA countries declined 11% to just under US$3 billion (€2.6 billion) between 2016 and 2018.
YouTube broadcast of Spanish second division football announced in 155 countries
YouTube channel will provide live English coverage from Spain´s second division providing free access to the competition in countries where it had previously been unavailable.
Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) acquires Freecaster
The acquisition expands BCE’s portfolio with live and on-demand streaming services, as well as enhancing its production capabilities.
MyHD extends deal with SPI International
FilmBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FightBox and Gametoon which will continue to air on the My-HD platform.
beIN resumes service in Egypt
Cable Network Egypt (CNE) has now signed an agreement for the carriage of beIN on its network.
Deluxe appoints new MD of EMEA distribution business
Deluxe appoints media veteran Andrew Bell to Managing Director, Deluxe Distribution EMEA
beIN cuts linear service in Egypt after dispute with cable provider
The service cut came after negotiations to agree on "commercial terms" for a new contract with Cable Network Egypt (CNE) broke down
Managed Broadcast Services Special Report: Knowledge Partner Interview with Red Bee Media
As part of Digital Studio's Knowledge Partnership for the special report on Managed Broadcast Services, we invited Houssam Al Khaled from Red Bee Media Middle East and Richard Cranefield, Head of Portfolio for Playout at Red Bee Media, to talk about the benefits of using managed services in broadcasting to manage success during this time of change and how the Red Bee Media way of working has led to innovations like the world’s first software only uncompressed playout deployment.
Starz Play reveals plans to release 50 new shows in 2019
Most of the new shows catalogue will be unique to the STARZ PLAY platform and will air on the same day and time as they debut in the US.