OSN seals HBO deal to bring new Games of Thrones to MENA

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 12 March 2015

Middle East pay-TV network OSN has extended its partnership with HBO for first and exclusive content in the Arab world, including the new series of Game of Thrones, to air at the same time as it premiers in the US.

Game of Thrones - OSN HBO partnershipThe agreement also covers the first airing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) of new shows comedies Togetherness, Ballers and The Brink, and sci-fi/Western thriller Westworld and eight other returning series, including True Detective, The Leftovers, Girls, Veep and Silicon Valley.

"HBO has set an industry benchmark in global television with its accomplished track-record of award-winning content. Our partnership with HBO for first and exclusive telecast rights delivers tremendous value to our subscribers by bringing premium programming at the same time as in the US," said David Butorac, CEO, OSN.

The new shows will join other HBO's award-winning series, mini-series, TV movies, comedies and documentaries already showing on the pay-TV platform or available on the OSN On Demand service.

Charles Schreger, president of programming sales, HBO, added: "It has always been our priority to deliver added value for our viewers in the MENA region through the exclusive partnership with OSN. In 2015, we are strengthening our line-up of exclusive shows, and bringing many of them to OSN subscribers at the same time as in the US."