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OSN and Viacom International Media Networks partner to launch three new kids and youth channels in MENA

OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has strengthened its portfolio of exclusive and premium content with the addition of three new 24-hour channels that appeal to youth and families through its partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

OSN will expand its entertainment offering with two kids and family channels, Nickelodeon HD (OSN channel 355) and Nick Jr. (OSN channel 356), and international music channel MTV Live HD (OSN channel 300) on January 5th, 2015. This brings the total number of VIMN channels on OSN to four unique brands with the already existing VH1, further strengthening OSN’s roster of HD channels to a record 55.

Beginning in February 2015, both Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr. will be available in dual language (English and Arabic) on OSN. VIMN’s Dubai Media City team will take over the production of Nickelodeon HD, transforming it into the only international kids TV channel available in Arabic produced in the MENA region exclusively for OSN. The partnership with OSN strengthens VIMN’s ability to deliver high quality content appealing to different age-groups in MENA.

David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “We are consistently strengthening our offering of premium and exclusive content to create sustained value for our subscribers. The launch of Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr, both in Arabic, and MTV Live HD strengthens OSN’s engagement with two key demographics – children and youth. With over 200 million youth in the MENA region and nearly 63 per cent of parents preferring to watch TV with their children as per recent research*, the new additions make OSN the go-to platform for entertainment for the entire family. The new channels build on our portfolio of family and children’s entertainment offering, further underlining our commitment to offer content that meets the demand and aspirations of our subscribers.”

Raffaele Annecchino, Executive Vice President & Managing Director South Europe, Middle East and Africa, Viacom International Media Networks stated: “This partnership with OSN provides an ideal opportunity for VIMN to deliver a wide range of entertainment content to the MENA region. Our kids and family channels, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr., along with our music-oriented channels MTV Live HD and VH1, create a perfect balance and provide programming that appeal to audiences ranging from preschoolers to the adult demographic.”

Andrea Castellari, Senior Vice President and General Manager Italy, Middle East and Turkey, VIMN added: “The launch of these three VIMN channels on OSN marks a new, great era for us in MENA. We are excited to bring some of our most valued content to the region, ranging from beloved Nickelodeon programs to popular MTV live global music events.”

Nickelodeon HD, one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed kids and family channels, is the ultimate entertainment destination for kids 7-14 years old and combines the best in animation and live action with popular shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Breadwinners, Henry Danger and Sanjay & Craig. Nick Jr. provides a safe and positive entertainment destination dedicated to preschoolers 3-6 years old, featuring top programming including Dora and Friends, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.

MTV Live HD offers a wide range of international music and entertainment programming where viewers can choose from concerts of the biggest international stars, the best music festivals such as Isle of MTV and Roskilde and the top music awards shows including MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. Premiere music programs will also be aired featuring top music charts and thematic video countdowns, all in high definition format. VH1 is also a music-oriented channel that connects viewers to their favorite music, artists and pop culture.

Content from the newly launched channels will also be available on OSN Play, the region’s first online viewing platform. Not only does this strengthen the content variety on the award-winning service, it also offers families the option to watch their favorite shows anytime, anywhere on multiple devices. OSN Play is offered as a free value-added service for OSN subscribers.

A dedicated Nickelodeon website, social media accounts and an exclusive Nick app will also be launched soon.