By Staff writer
New channel BBC First will feature series such as Sherlock and Luther alongside War and Peace
OSN, the UAE-based pay-TV platform, will be the exclusive home to BBC First in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from February 1.
OSN said in a statement that it will be the only place to watch the best of British premium drama, with two hours of primetime programming featuring Arabic subtitles.
The brand new channel will launch on February 1, with series such as brand new Sherlock and Luther alongside the BBC’s new adaptation of War and Peace.
The long-running EastEnders will also be brought to OSN viewers soon after its UK broadcast, the statement said, adding that BBC First will be available on channel number 215 on OSN.
As part of BBC Worldwide’s global strategy, the channel will replace the pan-regional BBC Entertainment channel with increased investment in content as well as key titles introduced with Arabic subtitles.
Natasha Hussain, vice president and general manager for Middle East and Mediterranean at BBC Worldwide, said: “The BBC has a strong reputation for its outstanding drama programming. I’m delighted viewers in the Middle East and North Africa will soon be able to enjoy the most popular and critically acclaimed dramas coming out of the UK express from their original transmission.”
Emad Marcos, senior vice president – Media partners & Digital, OSN, added: “The addition of BBC First builds on our commitment to bring exclusive content for our subscribers and underlines the exceptional portfolio of programming that we offer to our subscribers in 2016.
"This is the first of several exciting new premium additions to OSN being announced in the first quarter of this year and reaffirms that we are the number one destination for premium content in the region.”
Viewers can also enjoy popular content including EastEnders on OSN’s online viewing platform, OSN Play.