Tag Archives: Bahrain

Alarab to launch in Feb 2015

Bahrain-based 24-hour Arabic-language news channel, Alarab, will be launched on February 1, 2015, with a completely new style of news programming in the Middle East and beyond, announced Saudi billionaire businessman, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Alarab will break the mould of news presentation, becoming a platform for transparent presentation and discussion of the regions most [...]

Alarab news gears up for year-end launch

Bahrain-based 24-hour Arabic-language news channel, Alarab, is set to launch by the end of the year. The news channel targets Arabic-speaking viewers across the Arab world and beyond and aims to compete with Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia. The announcement was made by Prince Alwaleed during his recent visit to the news [...]

MENA pay-TV subscribers increase 19% in year to March

Pay-TV subscriptions in Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region topped 6.7 million at the end of March 2014, according to the latest update from Dataxis Intelligence service, a 19.14% increase over the 5.7 million reported in 1Q13. Two countries Saudi Arabia and UAE together accounted for 67% of the total pay-TV net [...]

Al Arab news channel to launch with Viz Mosart

Bahrain-based news channel, Al Arab, has selected Norwegian content production tools company, VisualiZation Real Time (Vizrt), to provide two Viz Mosart studio automation systems to cover the news channels two studios in Manama. The news channel is expected to be launched later this year across MENA region. Out of the two studios, the larger studio [...]

Bahrain assigns ASBU to monitor Al Manar TV

Kingdom of Bahrain has assigned the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) to monitor Lebanese satellite television station, Al Manar TV, in light of its apology to Bahrain after airing defamatory campaign against the country. The broadcasting union has also been tasked to submit a semestrial report to the Arab Information Ministers Council. The move came [...]

Noor-Sat under Bahrain’s scanner for violation

Bahrains High Authority for Information and Communication (HAIC) has referred the files, contracts and agreements of TV company, Noor-Sat, to the National Audit Office to identify irregularities and violations. This comes after Noor-Sat violated an agreement with Information Affairs Authority (IAA) by launching satellite stations without obtaining IAAs approval. Following which, IAA demanded the company [...]

Batelco adds OSN channels to Play

Bahrain-based telco, Batelco, has added seven OSN channels to the Batelco Play HD Smart Box which will be available on the Batelco Play Advance Package for no increase in the monthly rental of BD 10 (USD 26.52). The new channels include Discovery World, Discovery ID, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, OSN News, JimJam and Cartoon Network. [...]

Al Arab to be launched this year

Al Arab, the new Arabic news channel financed by Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, is gearing up to start transmission from its Bahrain headquarters. The business-focused channel is expected to launch its FTA service by June this year. The channel was first mooted in July 2010 with rumours of a partnership with News Corp. [...]