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Qatar's beIN inks Turner deal to expand entertainment channels

Deal comes as beIN seeks to expand its sports-dominated platform to include movies and entertainment channels

Qatar's beIN inks Turner deal to expand entertainment channels

Turner, a division of Time Warner, has announced a partnership with Qatar-based beIN Media Group which will see Turner-owned channels being offered exclusively in the Middle East and North Africa.

Channels such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM (Turner Classic Movies), HLN (Headline News) and CNN HD will be offered on DTH (direct-to-home) via beIN's distribution network, a statement said.

The deal comes after beIN announced in November that it is to expand its sports-dominated platform to include movies and entertainment channels.

Rani R Raad, managing director, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Turner said: "We are pleased to announce our exclusive partnership with beIN Media Group in the Middle East and North Africa region.

"Together with beIN Media Group, we're expanding our reach to cater to the needs of audiences across the region. Subscribers to the network can enjoy unlimited access to news, movies and animation via our world-class broadcast channels and entertainment offering."

The commercial agreement, which comes into effect on January 1, enforces beIN Media Group's entertainment TV segment.

Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media Group said: "In November, as we launched beIN's entertainment portfolio we had committed to our subscribers that we will partner with leading global brands to bring them the best of global entertainment. Our partnership with Turner is a solid step in that direction."