OSN Group announces the launch of OSN+

OSN+ to deliver the highest quality selection of international, local, and original content to a fast-growing base of streaming subscribers across the MENA region 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2022: OSN Group today announced the launch of OSN+, a new premium streaming service that replaces the OSN Streaming App.  Transforming its traditional iconic red OSN logo to take on a more youthful and colorful aesthetic, OSN+ marks the beginning of a new chapter for the OSN Group, embracing the explosive growth opportunities presented by the growing MENA SVOD landscape.

OSN+ is the home of premium international entertainment in the MENA region.  It is committed to providing the most compelling content of any SVOD service in the region by deepening its exclusive and longstanding partnerships with leading studios. In January, OSN announced the extension of its long-term exclusive partnership with HBO, as well as an expansion of its NBCU relationship to include more premium television exclusives and boxsets from Peacock and Sky Studios.  Announcements of new deals for premium series from Endeavour Content and All3Media also followed, supplementing existing partnerships with Paramount, Warner Media, Sony, Discovery, MGM, and Lionsgate.  The OSN+ launch is headlined by the long-anticipated Paramount+ blockbuster series Halo which will be available exclusively on OSN+ on the same day as its worldwide premiere from March 25.   

In addition to the strongest selection of international content in the region, OSN+ will feature world-class Arabic original content produced locally by leading creative talent from the region.  The first OSN+ Original series, a star-studded local adaptation of smash hit series Suits, will launch at the start of Ramadan, followed later in the year by OSN+ Original feature film Yellow Bus.  OSN+ is investing significantly in local premium series and features, with a rich and diverse original slate currently in development.  More titles will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Suits Arabia OSN scaled

The launch of OSN+ demonstrates the OSN Group’s commitment to bringing its rich history in world-class entertainment to a much wider audience.  The explosion in streaming growth both worldwide and in the region presents a huge opportunity for the brand to expand beyond its leadership in the premium TV space. The OSN+ business will be led by Nick Forward, previously Chief Content Officer at Stan in Australia, supported by an all-star team with a track record of driving growth in streaming services on a global scale. 

Sangeeta Desai, CEO of OSN Group, spoke on this occasion about the new direction the company has taken in recent months, “The OSN Group is on a mission to consistently deliver outstanding entertainment on every screen and OSN+ is the cornerstone of our new business proposition.  Building on our rich legacy in world class entertainment, OSN+ will lead the next phase of our journey to deliver the best of global and local content to our viewers anytime, anywhere at an accessible price point.  I am thrilled that Nick and the team are today bringing this vision to life.”

Nick Forward, Managing Director OSN+, and Chief Content Officer said: “I am delighted to lead the launch of OSN+, which has been many months in the making.  Drawing on my prior experience of building a leading regional streaming service, I see a fantastic opportunity to grow OSN+ into the leading SVOD offering in MENA, buoyed by a brilliant offering of world-beating content reflecting the best of global, locally curated for our audiences.”

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The OSN+ App will be available across devices from all major TV manufacturers, as well as iOS, Android, and web devices, with a refreshed interface, and an enhanced discovery engine allowing customers to effortlessly discover thousands of hours of leading content from all over the world.

OSN+ can be accessed via websites and all mobile iOS and Android devices. The service costs USD 9.50 per month (and equivalent local currencies) and includes a 7-day Free Trial, Stream now https://osnplus.com/

About OSN+

OSN+ is the region’s leading local premium streaming service, featuring an incredible line-up of exclusive premium global and local curated content for customers.

Led by its long-term partnerships with major studios including HBO, NBC Universal, Paramount+, Endeavor Content, MGM, and Sony, the platform ensures the latest content at the same time as the US, including critically acclaimed series and must-see movies. OSN+ is also the home to world-class Arabic original content with its OSN+ Originals. The star-studded local adaptation of smash hit series Suits launches at the start of Ramadan, followed later in the year by OSN+ Original feature film Yellow Bus.

Part of the OSN Group, OSN+ is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unbeatable value, and curated exclusive content for the region. The OSN Group is on a mission is to deliver outstanding entertainment to every screen.

OSN+ can be accessed through all your favorite devices, including major TV platforms, all iOS, and Android devices, and from the web. Find out more and stream now at www.osnplus.com

Ariff Sidi
Ariff Sidi
Chief Product Officer at Edgecast

Ariff Sidi is a General Manager and Chief Product Officer at Edgecast. Ariff joined the team with 15 years of experience in internet and digital media problem solving, and 10 years of experience in streaming media platform development.

Ariff has generated 11 patents and earned an Emmy award for innovation during his many years of digital media platform and product development, in both B2C and B2B businesses. He has held leadership roles in engineering, product management, and strategy in start-ups, media companies like Disney and FOX, and tech heavyweights like Qualcomm and Verizon. He currently has responsibility for Edgecast's industry-leading video streaming and content delivery business.

Ariff's background includes leading the development of multiple industry-first streaming products including ABC's Full Episode Player and FOX's national primetime live streaming. He has also led the development of several multi-platform, VOD products for Disney across Europe.

Several of Ariff's patents have defined industry best practices for online video and advertising, and several of his novel solutions were precursors to now industry standard specifications.

Additionally, Ariff founded a technology start-up in the kids and family mobile space and co-founded a ground-breaking social video start-up.

Ariff has a BS in Computer Engineering from UC San Diego and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 

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