By Andy Sambidge
TV company to launch 8 new channels and high definition options following merger.
The new look Orbit Showtime TV network - rebranded OSN - will be launched next month with new channels and high definition offerings.Less than 6 months since the merger between Orbit and Showtime was announced, OSN-Orbit Showtime will relaunch with 8 new channels including OSN Arabia, the region's first western entertainment channel dubbed into Arabic and the region's first bouquet of three high definition channels.
Starting February 1, OSN's launch will also include OSN Variety, Food Network, BET (Black Entertainment TV), Discovery ID and the regions first three high-def channels OSN Movies HD, Discovery HD and Nat Geo Wild HD.
The TV company added that more high-definition channels would be on the way by mid 2010.
OSN Arabia will include Hollywood's best movies and series, dubbed into Arabic, including House MD, CSI NY, House of Saddam and blockbuster movies such as 300, The Forbidden Kingdom and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Marc-Antoine d'Halluin, CEO of Orbit Showtime Network said: "When Orbit and Showtime merged in 2009 we promised to deliver the best pay-TV platform in the Middle East and North Africa.
"Now, in less than six months we are thrilled to unveil OSN, a single platform that offers even more Western and Arabic premium content than ever before on its exclusive 75 channel platform.
"We continue to push boundaries and lead the industry by launching the regions first high definition bouquet and the region's first Western channel fully dubbed into Arabic."
Can we assume there will also be more original home-grown productions? We loved the football commentator comoetitions and Won Ho's soap opera skits.