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A re­view of the state of the in­dus­try in 2018. Re­gional ex­perts pro­vide their per­spec­tive on the de­vel­op­ments that trans­formed the re­gional me­dia and broad­cast sec­tor this year.

The Mid­dle East and North Africa mar­kets re­mains one of the big­gest global emerg­ing mar­kets within the me­dia, broad­cast and pro­duc­tion sec­tor. In a re­gion still dom­i­nated by free-to-air TV, satel­lite-de­liv­ered pay TV con­tin­ues to grow steadily, but faces a fun­da­men­tal chal­lenge from stream­ing video ser­vices that have cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the re­gion’s youth­ful au­di­ence, grow­ing their ap­petite for orig­i­nal lo­cal con­tent. Saudi Ara­bia’s at­tempts to trans­form into a re­gional me­dia pow­er­house with global as­pi­ra­tions is fu­el­ing , and the devel­op­ment of the OTT mar­ket with both global and lo­cal ser­vices gain­ing a foothold are help­ing to stim­u­late lo­cal con­tent pro­duc­tion, amid grow­ing con­sump­tion of mo­bile video.

Hur­dles to achieve growth re­main - the re­gion’s di­verse na­ture stands in the way of me­dia com­pa­nies build­ing pan-re­gional scale. With many ex­ist­ing play­ers fo­cused on a few ma­jor mar­kets, the sec­tor con- tin­ues to bat­tle fa­mil­iar chal­lenges such as piracy and lack of trans­parency. Dig­i­tal Stu­dio ME’s End of Year Re­view 2018 tracks the key de­vel­op­ments over the last year. In the fol­low­ing pages three re­gional ex­perts give their per­spec­tive on the re­gion’s me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. A look at 2018 from three dif­fer­ent points of view start­ing with the chang­ing dy­nam­ics of the MENA con­tent busi­ness, the broad­cast man­u­fac­tur­ing mar­ket out­look and ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy af­fect­ing the in­dus­try.

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