Digitization and technological advancement created unprecedented channels for the delivery of television content. Furthermore internet networks’ ubiquity and the convergence of the telecommunication and media industries enabled a vast spread of new broadcast services.The broadcasting sector witnessed the deployment of several digitised solutions including IPTV.
IPTV is in its initial stage of penetration in the Arab World, and is still developing. Reportedly there are ongoing or planned projects by service providers and / or governments in five MENA countries, with the aim to upgrade the countries' legacy networks and install fiber optics to facilitate offering services including IPTV in the near future. These countries are Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia.Moreover, there is a number of international and local broadcasting networks, which offer subscription-based video on demand (SVOD) services for viewers in the Middle East and North Africa. These providers include StarzPlay, Telly, Istikana, Netflix, WAVO, Shahid VIP, and Apple TV+.
Noor Al Asmar, senior research analyst, Arab Advisors Group said: “There were two IPTV providers in each of Bahrain and the UAE, while Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia had one IPTV provider each, as of December 2019. Installing IPTV infrastructure further allows the deployment revenue-generating services such as: video telephony and video conferencing, remote education, and home security/monitoring cameras.”