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The Arab World’s Pay TV operators provided a total of 143 Pay TV channels by February 2012.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New research and analysis by the Arab Advisors Group reveals that as of February 2012 the four satellite Pay TV operators, broadcasting from the region, offered a combined total of 143 channels. Arab Advisors upcoming 9thConvergence Summit on May 22&23 will host industry leaders discussing the vibrant broadcast industry in the Arab World.

Four satellite Pay TV providers broadcast from the Arab World. Namely: Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), Al Jazeera Sports+, Abu Dhabi Sports and Al Majd. Expectedly, Al Jazeera Sports+ offers the highest number of sports Pay TV channels with 16 sports channels.

A new report, "Satellite Pay TV operators in the Arab World 2012" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on April 10, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. The 65-page report, which has 25 detailed exhibits, analyzes the landscape of satellite Pay TV and profiles the four operators including OSN, Al Jazeera Sports+, Abu Dhabi Sports and Al Majd. The report alsocompares the channels, packages, prices, dealers and interactive services of the four satellite Pay TV operators, in addition to full listing of channels, packages, prices and dealers.

Three of the four Pay TV providers offer HD channels: OSN, Abu Dhabi Sports and Al Jazeera Sports+. 

"By February 2012, the four Pay TV providers offered 143 channels. OSN had the highest number with 100 channels (including the 3 pay-per-view channels and On Demand channel), Abu Dhabi Sports came in second with 18 channels, while Al Jazeera Sports+ provided 16 channels dedicated for all sorts of sports events. Al Majd TV provided 9 encoded channels." Mr. Zaid Abawi, Arab Advisors Research Analyst wrote in the report.

"Despite the promotions of Pay TV operators, most of the Arab World remains tuned to free-to-air satellite TV channels. Economically, many viewers seem to favor the free content of FTA channels rather than paying for TV content". Mr. Abawi added.

Any investment in this report will count towards attending Arab Advisors' "9th Convergence Summit" on May 22 & 23, 2012 at the Four Seasons in Amman, or could count towards attending "The 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012" on November 26 & 27, 2012 at The Address Dubai Marina Hotel in Dubai - UAE. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge.

More information on the 9th Convergence Summit conference can be viewed on: is the main sponsor of the conference; Motorola, Orange, Qualcomm, UmniahZainand Ericsson are among the companies who are sponsoring the event.

More information on The 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012 conference can be viewed on:

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 2,900 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served 665 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on


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