OSN set to relaunch is streaming platform today
OSN has signed an exclusive rights deal for Disney+ Originals in the Middle East region, across both its box and streaming services.
TV fans will have access to Disney+ Original movies, series, documentaries, game shows, talk shows and specials, including the hit show ‘The Mandalorian’, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. The agreement also includes original movies and series from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
The announcement coincides with the relaunch of its streaming platform (at 7pm today, UAE time), that will also include its streaming app Wavo, which will rebrand as OSN, according to local media.
OSN described the arrival of Disney+ Originals content on its platforms as “a strategic decision” for the company, which it says will strengthen its position in the region’s highly competitive TV streaming market.
“Adding Disney+ Originals to our boxes and streaming services is a huge milestone for us and reinforces our commitment to offering premium content to our regional audience from only the most exceptional brands,” said Patrick Tillieux, CEO, OSN.
“By making the OSN streaming service available across all our platforms – TV, mobile, laptops, tablets, games consoles, and streaming boxes – the whole family can enjoy uninterrupted world-class entertainment unrivalled by any other platform.”
Amit Malhotra, regional lead, Content Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Company, said, “Given that we currently do not plan to launch Disney+ as a standalone service in the region in the near future, we are pleased to work with OSN to bring Disney+ Originals to viewers in the Middle East.
“This unique distribution strategy, designed specifically for this region, will provide fans and families the opportunity to enjoy world-class original content and amazing storytelling from our extensive portfolio of brands right now in these difficult times.”
Disney+ Originals will be available to OSN TV subscribers, as well as on OSN’s new streaming service. OSN streaming costs $9.50 per month and is available on osn.com, iOS and Android mobile apps, Apple TV, Android TV and Samsung and LG TVs.
Subscribers to Wavo will have the app updated with the new OSN version and will continue to pay the current price of $5 if they wish to maintain their subscription, according to local media.