OSN brings Discovery’s TLC in High Definition to MENA

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  • TLC HD, exclusively on OSN, to feature dedicated OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network programming block
  • 4 HD channels added in March; increases total number of HD channels on OSN to 44 – largest HD bouquet in the region.

Dubai, UAE; March 3, 2014: OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has once again reinforced its position as the only destination for world-class high definition programming, with the launch of Discovery Networks International’s (DNI) TLC HD. The brand new HD channel, available exclusively on OSN, will also showcase the best programming from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Launching on Monday 24th March, TLC HD brings the number of Discovery Networks channels currently available on OSN to six, as it joins Discovery Channel HD, Discovery Science HD, Animal Planet HD, Discovery World, and Investigation Discovery.

March also marks the rebirth of OSN Movies Premiere, OSN Movies Drama, and the History Channel in high definition – increasing the total number of HD channels on OSN to 44, the largest HD offering in the region.

David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer, OSN, said: “Discovery Networks has been an integral part of OSN’s growth story, enabling us to provide viewers with world-class exclusive content found nowhere else. TLC HD will further complement our existing lifestyle channels bringing even more premium entertainment choices for viewers.

“We began 2014 with a bang launching four new channels in just two months. It has always been our endeavour to bring OSN viewers the best content from across the world first, and we will continue to grow the unrivalled content we offer viewers with an unmatched television viewing experience.”

“The launch of TLC HD is hugely exciting for us and marks a key moment in our continuing investment in the Middle East and partnership with OSN,” said James Gibbons, SVP & Country Manager, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “There is clearly a gap in the market for a channel like TLC – the ultimate destination for the best in female-skewed entertaining and inspirational content – and its success globally is proof of how well the content works across cultures. We are thrilled to present TLC HD to the market, and are sure our OSN viewers will love the channel when it launches this month.”

Broadcasting the best in meaningful entertainment and ‘real’ reality, TLC HD will showcase authentic stories from real life characters that captivate and entertain, all in stunning high definition. Key programme genres include weddings, fashion, food, family and alternate lifestyles, as well as the biggest hits from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

At launch, key series on the channel will include OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, featuring in-depth interviews with some of the world’s biggest celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Jennifer Hudson; and Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s thought-provoking and inspirational series designed to help viewers awaken their best selves.

The channel will also feature a weekly wedding night with global hits such as Brides of Beverley Hills; glamorous shopaholics in Ultimate Shopper with Holly Valance; eccentric family fun in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo; and unusual subcultures in Breaking Amish. With these and many other new shows TLC HD will be a refreshing new destination for modern Middle Eastern women.

TLC, DNI’s flagship female brand, is the leading lifestyle and entertainment channel for women and is the second most widely distributed channel internationally after Discovery Channel, reaching 329 million households in 167 markets across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

About OSN
OSN is the ultimate destination for the widest choice of brand new premium Western, Arabic, South Asian (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil) and Filipino entertainment in the Middle East and Africa. OSN is the home of nearly 140 channels filled with great value entertainment, offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies, top rated series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows. The movie offering includes over a 100 uncut and uninterrupted movie premieres a month so viewers can watch them the way they were meant to be watched.

OSN boasts the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal, HBO and DreamWorks and offers access to the world’s leading television brands including Disney channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and Nat Geo.

Launched in August 2013, OSN Pehla brings the best of Bollywood movies and premium cricket, including exclusive telecast rights of international tournaments such as the ICC Cricket World Cup and Indian cricket, through leading sports channels OSN Sports Cricket HD and Ten Cricket.

As the leader in innovation, OSN has changed the TV viewing experience by bringing quality entertainment through 44 High Definition channels and is currently the only network offering a full HD bouquet of channels as well as 3D entertainment in the region. OSN was the first to launch the DVR, the OSN DVR HD; the regions first online TV platform, OSN Play; the regions first 3D, HD, internet enabled satellite receiver and recorder, OSN Plus HD and the region’s first VOD service, OSN on Demand offering viewers the opportunity to watch over 1000 movies and 52 latest seasons of the top series, all available in full HD quality and Dolby Digital sound.

September 2012 saw the launch of OSN’s rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering subscribers money can’t buy experiences, special offers and premium prizes all year round. The OSN platform is owned and operated by Panther Media Group Limited; a company registered in DIFC, and is owned by KIPCO and Mawarid Group Limited.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 195 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 15 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. In Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 10 Discovery brands reach 243 million cumulative subscribers in 105 countries with programming customized in 19 languages.

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