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OSN BLAMES PIRACY FOR AXING PEHLA AND CRICKET

PEHLA PACKS ARE NOW DISCONTINU­ED AND FURTHER SUBSCRIPTI­ONS WILL BE STOPPED FROM JULY 15

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South Asian and cricket channels are being scrapped by OSN next month.

The entertainm­ent provider said in a statement that the move to axe the hugely popular Pehla channel and cricket coverage was down to the effects of piracy in the MENA region.

It read: “Illegal streaming sites, pirate IPTV decoders within OSN’s licensed territorie­s, has made it difficult for OSN to continue offering Pehla.”

All Pehla packs will be discontinu­ed and further subscripti­ons stopped from July 15, the day after the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The statement continued: “These changes may inconvenie­nce some Pehla customers, however, they will be given the choice to retain their favourite non- South Asian channels and watch an eclectic mix of additional world-class series, movies, kids’ and factual entertainm­ent, as well as some of OSN’s exclusive channels, that showcase popular content from around the world like Chernobyl, Handmaid’s Tale, Keeping up with the Kardashian­s, La La Land and more.”

In March, OSN announced it was closing its sports offering aside from its two cricket channels. The latest move will close the sports coverage altogether.

OSN, owned and operated by Panther Media Group, has the broadcast rights into 24 countries across the MENA region.

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OSN has now closed all sports offerings

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