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OSN eyes video on demand pay-TV in Sept

Company says it could charge customers more in Saudi Arabia where cinema is banned.

OSN eyes video on demand pay-TV in Sept

Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) is set to launch a video-on-demand pay-TV service in September, it was reported on Monday.

The company said it could charge customers in Saudi Arabia, where cinema is banned, more to see recently-released movies, UAE daily The National reported.

Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, the president and chief executive of the satellite network, told the paper that subscribers would be able to view the latest movies for between $4-5 a film.

But he added that the company might charge more in Saudi Arabia, where cinemas were banned 30 years ago by the clergy.

The network currently operates a video-on-demand service, but this is the first time it will charge subscribers separately for current VOD content, the paper added.

The service will showcase movies up to six months earlier than on Showmovies, d'Halluin told the paper.

OSN also plans to start broadcasting 3D films later this year while it is also preparing for the migration to high definition television broadcasts.

The network said earlier that it planned to deliver all of its 75 channels in HD by the end of 2012.

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