Showtime goes into Orbit

By Julian Clover

July 15, 2009

The first changes have been made to the programming line up of the newly merged Showtime and Orbit pay-TV platforms in the Middle East.Five premium channels from the Showtime bouquet; Showmovies 1, Showseries, Showcomedy, Showsports 3 and E! Entertainment have been made available to Orbit subscribers, while Showtime viewers will be able to watch Super Movies, America Plus and Super Comedy from the Orbit bouquet.

The new channels are being added on a temporary basis while the management team led by Showtime’s Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, CEO of the newly merged pay-TV platform, decide on the final line-up. “We promised maximum entertainment, great value for money and simplicity of choice for TV viewers across the region.

By taking immediate steps to give current Showtime and Orbit viewers not only the best but everything that Hollywood has to offer, this should leave viewers in no doubt that the merger is good news for them.”

Orbit customers will benefit from an expanded line-up of top movie titles and the addition of the English Premier League from the start of the new season.