UAE online video platform to launch
A United Arab Emirates rival to Netflix is to launch in Dubai this March.
Abu Dhabi-based tv.ae will allow users to live stream television channels, films and TV series as well as watching user-generated content.
Initially, the content will be viewable for free but will transition to a subscription model with some content being pay per view. The platform will also host a dual screen, offering users the chance to watch different shows simultaneously – such as behind- thescenes programmes – and also use social media at the same time.
A scaled-back version of the platform will be launched at the Dubai Lynx in March with full features being launched in time for Ramadan. Tv.ae will broadcast one session from the Inspiration Stage live each day and residents will be able to select sessions by way of a vote, which opens on January 31.
Additionally, one session from each day of the Arabic Stage will be available to view post-festival.
Marwan Saab, general manager of tv. ae, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership, one of the key reasons we’re launching tv.ae is to celebrate and support the incredible creative diversity and talent that exists in our region.”