Batelco and IPTV to offer high quality etertainment to Bahrain's residents

Sat, 2011-10-08 13:15 - By

Batelco, the principal telecoms operator on the island of Bahrain, has confirmed that it will launch its new IPTV service shortly in two recently-developed residential areas.

The new service will offer a combination of free-to-air content and premium bouquets such as Orbit Showtime Network. A free video-on-demand library will also be available, offering approximately 200 movies, documentaries and more, with new additions made each month. Advanced features of the service include time-shifting, personal video recording, and an advanced interactive electronic programme guide.

"Whether you are a sports fan, a movie buff or hooked on series or 24 hour news from around the world, our broadband IPTV service is certain to meet your very specific demands." Rashid Abdulla, CEO, explained.

The service will be delivered in partnership with Saudi technology firm Selevision, and will be expanded outside its two launch areas at a later stage, according to Batelco.

Batelco will also be present at the IP&TV MENA Forum. Maitham Abdulla, Manager Internet & Messaging of Batelco will be debating on a panel discussion on day one at 12.20 entitled: Partnerships between Telcos and Broadcasters to Indicate the Rise of the Next Generation of TV Viewing. The panel will discuss:

Increasing returns by leveraging investment in interactive services
Maximising on core knowledge and technical expertise of telcos to offer interactive services
Using the content experience of Satellite players
How to find the right balance and share revenues for content and network providers?
In 2010 the IP&TV Forum Middle East & North Africa hosted 750 attendees from the full IPTV value chain and in which 50%+ were from CXO/ Director Level.

Now, as the growth of the telco and media services in the MENA region continues at a steady pace, the IP&TV Forum Middle East & North Africa 2011 event also continues to provide you with a perfect platform to learn about the latest developments in the TV industry and network with the key decision makers from the entire IP&TV eco-system.

The IP&TV Forum Middle East & North Africa is the ONLY event involving all Pay TV markets using IP Platforms and is the LARGEST show, reaching the interactive TV markets in the MENA region.

This packed two day, multi-stream conference programme will teach you how to achieve leadership in the paid TV markets in the MENA region and how to find the most viable solution for your business.

This year's Strategic Operator Partner will be Etisalat, which will have a strong presence at the event.

The Forum will be sponsored by Selevision, Motorola, Airties and Argela.