TV Connect 2015: Arabsat launches OTT video service

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 29 April 2015

Arabsat TV Everywhere, a new multi-platform over-the-top (OTT) television service has been launched by the Saudi-based regional satellite operator and global content management company Globecast.

The service expands the reach of the Global Arabic Bouquet of channels from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), making them available to view without subscription in most places around the world on PC, or iOS and Android-based mobile devices.

Globecast designed and developed the OTT video service, which includes content preparation and management, application design and development, delivery and a player.

"Arabsat's decision to make many channels of the GAB available on smartphones and tablets reflects the growing desire of audiences around the world to consume content when and where they want," said Giorgio Giacomini, managing director, Globecast Middle East.

"Because of this we have carefully designed our solutions to provide both technical and business acumen, allowing our customers to easily expand with innovative new OTT services while concentrating on what they do best: create and develop world class content."

Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat, added: "The world of OTT service delivery is one that's growing rapidly. You only have to look at the growth in the sale of connected devices to see why. Globecast has always provided us with excellent distribution services and we are very pleased to announce the extension of our partnership."