OSN launches new online viewing service for best of Hollywood and Arabic film and TV
The leading pay-TV broadcaster officially launched its brand new Go by OSN service today - though we gather some seriously on-the-ball cinephiles had already downloaded the app when it went online in the iTunes and Google Play stores last night, even before this afternoon's official announcement!
Go by OSN will offer online streaming of thousands of hours of Hollywood blockbusters and critically acclaimed Arab movies, as well as full box sets of popular TV series and loads of kids' content, and the even better news for users is that you don't need an OSN subscription, and the service costs just US$10 a month, with no contract, for us much content as you want to watch.
OSN is no newcomer to the online viewing phenomenon - its OSN Play service has already proved popular with viewers and won numerous industry awards. OSN Play, however, unlike the new service, is restricted to existing OSN TV subscribers and only screens the shows and films that OSN is currently licensed to screen on the main TV channels, so once a series finishes, it comes off the platform. Not so with Go by OSN, which will be a permanent library of some of the best movies and TV shows around that can be accessed by mobile phone, tablet, laptop or (soon) smart TV and consoles.
With no Netflix currently in the region, there is a huge gap in the market to become established as the region's leading online provider of movies and TV shows before the global giant may arrive. Although Go by OSN may not be the first service on the market, OSN CEO David Butorac is determined it should be the best, cheekily noting at the launch event: "Some of our competitors spend their money on billboards. We spend it on content."
At launch, the service offers around 300 Hollywood movies and 200 Arabic, making Go the region's largest premium online movie library, according to OSN. Another key selling point, says Butorac, is the amount of recent content available for viewing. Serials available to subscribers include the best of Egyptian, Khaleeji and Turkish shows, as well as Western favourites like Cougar Town and Revenge, all available in their entirety and in their original format, dubbed, or subtitled in Arabic.
To learn more and activate a free seven-day trial, download the app from iTunes or Google Play, or visit http://go.osn.com and start watching today.
Published: May 18, 2014 04:00 AM