By Joanne Bladd
Network says it will show all Academy Award winners and nominees 18 months before any other broadcaster
Dubai-based Obit Showtime Network (OSN) on Monday said it would screen all of the 2011 Oscar nominated and winning films during this year.
Subscribers to the network will be able to watch Colin Firth’s Oscar winning performance in the King’s Speech in June, 18 months before any other network in the region, OSN said.
The network said it would screen Inception, which walked away with four Oscars for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects, as well as Toy Story, which won best animated feature, this month.
The story behind Facebook, The Social Network, and The Wolfman will shown in April, said the network.
Other winning films at the 83rd Academy Awards include Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, The Fighter, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Inside Job, the winning documentary which chronicling the global economic downturn.
In February the network told Arabian Business it would launch a new service that would allow subscribers in Saudi Arabia to watch blockbuster films as soon as they debut in cinemas.
The scheme, which is the first of its kind, is set to launch in the first quarter of 2011, said David Butorac, CEO of OSN.
“What we will launch is a pay-per-view service which is the equivalent of the cinema service. For the first time anywhere in the world we’ll launch titles the same day they get released in the cinema,” he said.
“It will be up and running in the first quarter of this year so its imminent.”
.. and how are they paying for it?! By cutting back on the channels in my package!!!!! We lost another channel this week (America Plus was replaced by a +2 Channel). Once again no notification & if you call Du they blame "the supplier".
Since they incorporated Showtime & Orbit the number of channels has steadily declined (as has the quality & choice!!). I only get it for Sport now & am seriously thinking of cancelling my subscription so I only pay for Jazeera Sport & AD Sports!! They don't care about the customer, why should I care about them!!??