Dubai, United Arab Emirates: OTT & FAST Channels provider OTTera has partnered with the Dubai based, largest channel aggregation and distribution company in the MENA region, SAWA Rights Management (SAWA), to meet the growing demand for Free, Ad-supported Streaming TV (FAST) channels in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.
The partnership will pair SAWA’s wide range of local channel rights and advertising connections with OTTera’s comprehensive OTT and FAST channel services. SAWA’s TV channel distribution business reaches all main IPTV and OTT platforms as well as over 750 commercial properties across the MENA region. In addition, SAWA holds international rights to over 40 TV channels which are currently being licensed to both commercial properties and consumer platforms worldwide.
OTTera has recently moved full speed into Brazil and China with key business partnerships in the LATAM and Asian continents. Following the increased demand for ad-supported OTT channels around the world, OTTera has made a continued push into areas with changing demographics and viewership habits.
“OTTera remains committed to increasing our global reach to support the goals of both our content and platform partners. Taking this step with SAWA Rights Management furthers our existing relationship over the past 3 years and cements OTTera’s commitment to being a part of the emerging FAST market in the MENA region.” said Steven Rifkin, COO of OTTera Inc.
SAWA will head the partnership from SAWA’s headquarters in Dubai. “Our agreement with OTTera will introduce a new era in TV entertainment across the MENA region. An era that offers viewers free access to local and international premium entertainment whilst adding a new digital advertising revenue stream to TV Networks on our platform” said SAWA CEO, Ali Ajouz. “Our lineup of channels will be launched as part of an app in both iOS and Android app stores as well as a wide range of Smart TV app stores.”
OTTera is an OTT & FAST channel service provider that allows companies to quickly launch highly customized, affordable OTT services. Based in Los Angeles, OTTera manages 60+ OTT services and 120+ channels with more than 100 million users worldwide. OTTera offers companies the latest OTT technologies with one of the widest distribution reaches on the market. For over 10 years OTTera has maintained strong partnerships with the world’s largest CE manufacturers including Samsung, Vizio, Sony and Hisense.
The OTTera services are fully managed, scalable OTT services with native distribution across all major operating systems including iOS, tvOS, Android, Android TV, Roku, HTML5, and Web. The service also offers linear distribution to cable/satellite services and vMVPDs (Samsung, LG, Sling, Xumo, PlutoTV, etc.), as well as diverse monetization opportunities including subscription, advertising via the OTTera’s AdNet+ service, and transactions.
About SAWA Rights Management
SAWA Rights Management FZ LLC (SRM) is a Dubai Media City company and part of the SAWA Group of companies, founded by Group CEO, Ali Ajouz. SRM is a strategic service provider to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Television industry, offering a wide range of services to broadcasters, Pay-TV Platforms, Hospitality, IPTV/OTT Networks, Telecom Operators, ISPs and Independent Consultants. SRM represents a wide range of TV Channels and content from regional and international licensors including FOX Networks Group (Disney), Lagardère, France TV, RTL, Channel One Russia, OSN, MBC, Rotana and many more. All in all SRM represents and licenses over 300 HD, SD and 4K TV channels making SRM the single largest supplier of TV Services to platforms in the MENA region. SRM manages the full relationship between Licensees (clients) and Licensors (TV Channels, Studios and other rights owners). SAWA Group of companies include, SAWA Rights Management SAWA Media and SAWA Technologies .