OSN and Sony Pictures Networks continue longstanding partnership with extended agreement

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Customers can now enjoy TEN Cricket in HD anytime, anywhere on OSN Play

Dubai, UAE: OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, has extended its partnership with Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) enabling OSN Pehla customers to continue to enjoy popular channels Sony Entertainment Television, Sony MAX, Sony MIX and Sony SAB TV.

As part of the renewed agreement, TEN Cricket is now in High Definition and will also be live streamed on OSN Play, for sports fans to enjoy the biggest cricket matches on-the-go anytime, anywhere.

TEN Cricket HD holds the rights to coverage from five cricket boards including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe, meaning OSN cricket fans will have access to a full range of international matches, with all the action in glorious HD.   

Emad Morcos, Chief Content Officer, OSN, said, “Our priority is to provide choice and convenience to all OSN customers. This is why, in addition to providing channels from Sony Pictures Networks for OSN Pehla customers, we’re also adding more On-Demand content for ‘anytime’ viewing. Access to TEN Cricket HD also in live streaming on OSN Play, is a huge bonus for sports fans, who can catch all their favourite cricketing action on-the-go.”

Neeraj Arora, EVP & Head, International Business, Sony Pictures Networks said, “We are delighted to further build our great partnership with OSN by offering TEN Cricket HD alongside other SPN channels, which have been greatly appreciated by viewers in the region for nearly two decades. We look forward to strengthening our partnership further, while aiming to provide the best in entertainment from the Indian subcontinent to OSN viewers.”

Sony Pictures Network is the recognised leader in providing Hindi-language based general entertainment from the Indian subcontinent since 1995. With the renewed deal, both parties aim to provide a more engaging viewer experience, by bringing the best South Asian movies and TV shows to customers.

Alongside Sony Pictures Network, OSN also holds exclusive distribution rights with key South Asian content providers including Zee, Colors, Sun, Aaj Tak, GEO,  ARY, and the recently renewed Star Asianet TV deal

About OSN:

OSN is the region’s leading entertainment network with the rights to broadcast into 24 countries across the MENA. The company is owned and operated by Panther Media Group, registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has two shareholders, KIPCO and the Mawarid Group Limited.

OSN has a history of providing exceptional value for customers with its focus on exclusive and in-demand content, and innovative digital platforms for anywhere, anytime access.

With over 150 channels, OSN’s strength is its unbeatable range of exclusive programming led by its long-term partnerships with studio majors including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, Paramount, MGM, Sony, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.

65 HD channels mean OSN is the home for premium and nowhere-else content in Arabic, English, Filipino and South Asian languages. OSN broadcasts the latest content at the same minute as in the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best sports events. In addition, OSN also provides entertainment content for devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones via its OSN Play, online and mobile app entertainment platform, WAVO, offering movies, series and sports on the go.

OSN has been at the forefront of digital technology innovation in the Middle East introducing the first Digital Video Recorder HD, OSN Play, an online TV platform, an internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder and OSN on Demand, the region’s first VOD service.

OSN also expanded its language services when it acquired Pehla Media & Entertainment, offering around forty channels in a variety of South Asian languages in the MENA region, with content such as Bollywood movies and cricket, including the ICC Cricket World Cup.

OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivalled exclusive content and unbeatable value.

About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.

SPN comprises 31 channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, the English movie channels; LePlex HD showing critically-acclaimed Hollywood films; AXN and AXN HD, the action and adventure-oriented English entertainment channels; Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; ROX HD, a channel for contemporary Hindi music; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; Sports Network comprising 11 sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY TEN 1,  SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN GOLF HD; SonyLIV – the digital entertainment VOD platform, SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Sony Pictures Networks Distribution Pvt Ltd. (SPND) that distributes the networks television channels across different genres and languages through multiple content delivery platforms. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.

The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is a recipient of several awards, including the ‘Aon Best Employers India’ Award in the 2017 edition in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices, consistently ranking amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners, listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India in 2017 and adjudged one of India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces for its distribution business by the Great Place To Work® Institute in the 2017 edition.

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is in its 23rd year of operations in India. Its subsidiaries include Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Private Limited, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited, MSM Discovery Private Limited, Taj Television (India) Private Limited, Aqua Holding Investments [Pvt.] Ltd., and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited.