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In this monthly Africa and Middle East video spotlight feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of news related to over-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives in different African and Middle Eastern markets.


* Netflix Inc. has begun the production of its first Arabic-language series "Jinn," Variety reported Aug. 13. The teen drama, which will run for six episodes, will be available on the streaming platform in 2019.

* Naspers Ltd. has appointed Niclas Ekdahl as the CEO of the company's new over-the-top video unit, Connected Video, Telecompaper wrote Aug. 9.


* Multichoice Tanzania has stopped broadcasting its free-to-air channels in the East African nation following an order by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority to do so, according to an Aug. 13 NexTV News Africa report.

* BeIN SPORTS has secured exclusive rights to air all Premier League football matches in the Middle East and North Africa for three seasons, beginning 2019-2020, according to an Aug. 10 news release. Under the deal, beIN Media Group LLC's sports channel will air all the 380 games of the Premier League per season.

* Eutelsat Communications SA has sold its stake in the Eutelsat 25B satellite to the Qatar-based co-owner of the said equipment, Es'hailSat, for €135 million, Rapid TV News reported Aug. 10. Eutelsat 25B is used by institutions, such as broadcasters and businesses, in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

* OSN will broadcast Walt Disney Co.'s Disney XD programs in Arabic, NexTV News Africa wrote Aug. 9.

* BBC Studios on Aug. 2 announced that it has partnered with beIN Media Group to explore joint development, production and distribution in the Middle East. The agreement between the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Qatari media company will initially run for three years.

* Kwesé Iflix, a joint venture between Econet Media Ltd. and iflix Sdn. Bhd., has acquired rights to broadcast the NBA Africa Game 2018, Digital TV Europe reported Aug. 2.

* Australian company TV2U International Ltd. will expand its video content delivery platform under the brand name TV2U Africa, through an agreement with Africa Enterprise Media Group, according to NexTV News Africa's July 20 report. The deal gives Africa Enterprise Media the right to exclusively use the TV2U platform and brand in South Africa.

* Vivendi SA unit Universal Music Group will launch Universal Music Nigeria, a new division intended to tap on developing artists and musicians in Nigeria, as well as other West African countries, such as Ghana and Gambia, Reuters reported July 17. The upcoming new division will operate from Lagos.

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