OSN Expands Licensing Deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution to Bring First-Run Content to Customers across the Middle East
- OSN will be the exclusive home for NBCUniversal’s first-run content in the Middle East, including shows from Sky Studios and Universal Studio Group
- Beloved film titles that will be available include Downton Abbey: A New Era, Jurassic World Dominion, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Beast (2022), Nope, and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates –17 April 2023: OSN, the leading entertainment network in the Middle East, today announced that it has expanded its licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution to deliver even more premium, must-see content to viewers across the Middle East and in Arabic-speaking North Africa. This deal will give OSN viewers access to a treasure trove of first-run content, which includes blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, kids animation series and unscripted shows so viewers have access to some of the most highly anticipated releases.
Film buffs can look forward to beloved movies such as Downton Abbey: A New Era, The Northman, Jurassic World Dominion, The Black Phone, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Beast (2022), Nope, Ticket to Paradise, and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, among others.
OSN will be the exclusive home for NBCUniversal’s first-run content in the Middle East, including shows from the Sky Studios and Universal Studio Group, giving viewers access to popular NBCU series including A Friend of The Family, New Amsterdam, Transplant, Gangs of London, A Discovery Of Witches, Bel-Air, Young Rock, Hacks, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order on OSN.
“Our focus remains driven by our relentless customer focus and putting them at the centre of everything we do. As such, we are thrilled to expand our deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution to bring even more world-class entertainment to our viewers in the Middle East,” said Rolla Karam, Head of Content at OSN. “We know our audiences crave fresh and exciting content, and with exclusive access to NBCUniversal’s biggest hits and new releases, we can’t wait to satisfy their appetite with the best in entertainment.”
As part of the expanded agreement, OSN viewers will be treated to a wide variety of new series, as well as the beloved sitcom The Office, which was by far the most streamed TV show (in minutes viewed) in 2020, according to Nielsen, and will be available to stream on OSN+ in June. Other highly anticipated drama and comedy series will be part of the deal, adding even more value to the already extensive range of programming available on OSN.
In addition to movies and hit series, viewers will have access to a range of NBCUniversal news and current affairs programs. NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, TODAY, Weekend TODAY, and MSNBC News Feed are all included in the deal, providing viewers with the most trusted and respected news sources in the world.
This deal marks an exciting development for both OSN and NBCUniversal, as they continue to collaborate to provide exceptional entertainment experiences for viewers across the Middle East.
OSN+ is the region’s leading local premium streaming service, featuring an incredible line-up of exclusive global and local curated content. 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, as well as world-class Arabic original content and OSN+ Originals.
OSN+ can be accessed through all your favourite devices, including major TV platforms, all iOS, and Android devices, and from the web. Find out more and stream now at www.osnplus.com
OSN is the leading service for premium entertainment servicing the MENA region in 22 countries featuring exclusive and in-demand premium global and local hit tv series and films. OSN delivers content across multiple divisions: OSN+, OSNtv, and b2b offerings in every market. Home to the most compelling content from around the world, OSN spearheads premium content including Western, Arabic, Turkish and more across divisions, distinctively known for broadcasting the latest content on the same day as the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best in kids and lifestyle programming.
OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivaled exclusive content, and unbeatable value. By seamlessly bringing together Global Network Partnerships, Studios, and Originals, along with reimagined Linear channels, OSN provides an ecosystem of entertainment.
About NBCUniversal Global Distribution
NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for the licensing and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media platforms in the U.S., Canada and in over 200 territories internationally. NBCUniversal’s content portfolio includes a vast and diverse library of more than 6,500 feature films and 170,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, kids, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, UCP, Universal International Studios, Sky Studios, NBC Late Night properties, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, and more, as well as locally produced content from around the world. Global Distribution is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.