Abu Dhabi Media inks deal with STARZPLAY to exclusively stream AFC matches in UAE


Football fans in UAE can watch Asian Championships on Abu Dhabi Sports Asia 1 and Abu Dhabi Sports Asia 2 channels via STARZPLAY

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company, has announced the signing of an agreement with STARZPLAY, MENA region’s leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, to stream AFC tournaments of the national teams and clubs competitions. The broadcast rights in the UAE belong exclusively to Abu Dhabi Media, from 2021 to 2024.

Beginning September, the matches will be streamed on STARZPLAY starting with the Asian qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

For only AED 15 a month, football enthusiasts in the UAE can watch the Asian competitions and subscribe to Abu Dhabi Sports channels (Asia 1 and Asia 2) on STARZPLAY platform. Alternatively, they can also subscribe to the complete STARZPLAY package for AED 40 and enjoy a wide assortment of incredible programming. The commentary for all the Asian championships’ matches will be available in both Arabic and English.

Haitham Al Kathiri, Acting Executive Director of Abu Dhabi TV Channels Network, commented: “We are delighted to partner with STARZPLAY to broadcast the Asian Football Confederation championships. This comes in line with Abu Dhabi Media’s strategy of delivering audience centric content and expanding our sports digital offering through partnering with leading digital platforms. We are committed to bring the best sports events in the region to reach the largest sports fan base .”

Danny Bates, Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer, STARZPLAYsaid: “Football is one of the most viewed sports in the UAE. We are excited to be the exclusive platform streaming every match within the Asian Football Confederation through the leading Abu Dhabi Sports channels. We look forward to growing our relationship with Abu Dhabi Media and offering rich and diverse content for our subscribers who are sports enthusiasts.”


STARZPLAY is a subscription video on demand service that streams Hollywood movies, TV shows, documentaries, the same-time-as-the-US series – plus dedicated kids’ entertainment and Arabic content – to 20 countries across MENA and Pakistan.

The service carries thousands of premium titles including exclusive STARZPLAY original content such as Baghdad Central, STARZ Original content such as Power, Outlander, Spartacus and The White Queen as well as premium content with add-ons such as discovery+, UFC Arabia, BluTV and Premier Sports.

STARZPLAY has secured tie ups with a host of leading, global studios including MGM, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Discovery and Fox International Channels.

STARZ, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) are the lead investors along with media and technology investment firms including SEQ Capital Partners and Delta Partners. In early 2021, STARZPLAY secured its first independent financing in the region of US$25 million (approx. AED 92 million) from Abu Dhabi based Ruya Partners.

Reaching over 1.8 million subscribers, STARZPLAY allows subscribers to watch its full HD and 4K content via most internet-enabled devices, smart TVs and game consoles, and is widely available on regional IPTV services. Its iOS and Android apps – installed on more than three million devices – also allow downloads for offline playback.

About AD Sports Channels:

AD Sports is the most popular TV channels network in the Arab world for its distinguished programmes and coverage of the world leading championships and competitions across its four channels.

Established in 1998, AD Sports presents an innovative, world quality coverage of the sport competitions and events, telecasting digital content through its website, the digital app ADSPORTS available on Apple and Android stores, its social media accounts, in addition to live online broadcasting and its own app on Apple TV.

AD Sports channels play a significant role in promoting the local sport competitions and events, especially the UAE Pro League, the UAE President’s Cup, the Netherlands league (eredivisie), the Egyptian Premier League, as well as many significant local and international championships, such as Jujutsu and other special programmes.

AD Sports is one of five TV channels owned by Abu Dhabi Media, the leading public media services company in the UAE and one of the major media companies in the Middle East and the GCC.