OSN, the Dubai-based pay TV operator, has officially launched a new TV service in Saudi Arabia and a number of Gulf countries. The new service, called El Farq, which means “The Difference” in Arabic, is a flexible entertainment package that does not tie up the subscriber with a long-term contract. El Farq offers monthly renewal options, precisely like the main OTT subscription services all around the globe. OSN claims El Farq will provide its subscribers in Saudi Arabia with value for money for several main reasons. First, because of its content offering which includes all six premium OSN film channels, out of a total of 56 channels for the whole package. Second because the price of 159 Saudi riyals ($43) per month is the cheapest price ever offered for an OSN high-tier package. Finally, OSN claims El Farq provides the subscriber with the option of a simple online purchase process and guarantees the latest children’s, lifestyle, movies and TV series programming for the whole family. Separately, OSN is shutting off most of its sports channels in an effort to better control programming costs. The operator will retain only the its cricket-programming channels OSN Sports Cricket HD and its bouquet of TEN Sports channels. OSN plans to replace this content with additional lifestyle content tailored for a female audience.
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Constantinos Papavassilopoulos researches the TV and online video markets of 21 countries, spanning APAC (India), the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, and Europe (Greece, Cyprus, and Malta). He authors market monitors and reports, and updates datasets, while also contributing to analysis and commentaries on a variety of topics.
Constantinos is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and events throughout MENA and Europe. Considered as an expert on the markets he covers, Mr. Papavassilopoulos is often interviewed for market research, trade, press, and business publications as well as for major news and current affairs networks. He joined IHS Markit in 2012 and Omdia in 2019. Previously, he had worked as a media researcher and head of the new technologies department at the Hellenic Audiovisual Institute. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant manager for a small TV production company in Athens, Greece. He holds a geology degree from the University of Athens, Greece, and a master’s in communications studies from the University of Leeds, UK.
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