Category Archives: HD / 4K

Al Aan TV selects Harris Broadcast for HD transition

Al Aan TV, the Dubai-based free-to-air satellite TV network, has adopted a new end-to-end, file-based HD broadcast solution from Harris Broadcast to support its phased migration to HD. Al Aan has expanded on its existing video servers with a network of Harris Broadcast HD/SD Nexio server and storage solutions, along with Nexio Motion intelligent media [...]

DTH leads IPTV in provision of HD content

High-definition viewers in the Middle East will continue to proliferate on DTH platforms as IPTV cannot currently handle the bandwidth, according to Cliff Nelson, CEO of the Dubai-based, low-cost DTH provider, My-HD. “HD transmission requires 6-12 Megabits a second per channel which is a lot of bandwidth, and most countries in this region don’t offer [...]

Sundance Channel to shine on OSN

Pay-TV network, OSN, has signed an exclusive deal with Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, to launch Sundance Channel HD across the Middle East and North Africa starting January 15. The Sundance Channel, which offers independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, series and original programmes, takes the total number of [...]

Discovery Channel HD to be launched on DStv next year

Discovery Communications plans to launch an HD feed of the Discovery Channel in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform, DStv. The channel will launch in the first quarter of 2014 and replace the existing Discovery HD Showcase channel. The launch of the new dedicated HD Discovery Channel is an important milestone [...]

MBC add to its HD line-up on My-HD

Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), the Dubai-based satellite broadcaster, has added two new HD channels, MBC3 HD and MBC Persia, to its service on low-cost Middle East pay-TV platform – My-HD. MBC is reducing its SD output as the number of HDTV households across MENA region increases. Today, we estimate that 1.5 million regional households [...] to increase its HD content

South African FTA broadcaster,, plans to deliver and produce all its locally commissioned content for the HD format. recently launched 4 new channels, eAfrika+, eKasi+, eMovies+, and eToons+ on its sister companys subscription-free satellite TV service, OpenView HD, although Monde Twala, Group Head of channels division, said only and eMovies+ are [...]

OpenView warned of illegally broadcasting SABC channels

State owned South African broadcaster, SABC, has strongly opposed OpenView HDs inclusion of SABCs three main television channels as part of its newly launched FTA satellite bouquet. The public broadcaster said in a statement that there has been no agreement with OpenView to broadcast SABC channels, while Platco Digital responded by saying: The SABC, as [...]

Open View HD launched in South Africa

OpenView HD positioned by Platco Digital as Africas first free-to-air HD satellite television platform, has gone live with a bouquet of 10 new channels along with three SABC channels and etv with its four newly launched channels – eKasi+, etoonz+, eAfrica+ and emovies+. OpenView HD expects 5-million out of a potential 10.7-million television households to sign [...]

Orange extends IPTV agreement in Lebanon

Orange Business Services has agreed a two-year extension to its contract providing infrastructure and managed IPTV services for Solidere, the Lebanese company responsible for the development and reconstruction of the Beirut Central District. Solideres IPTV services deliver a range of movies, sports and TV programmes which are streamed directly to residents TVs over its broadband [...]