OSN Play adds 24 new live channels
OSN has dramatically increased the number of live channels available to subscribers on its OSN Play service, the free streaming online catch-up TV service. It has added an additional 24 channels to the platform, which is available free to all OSN subscribers.
Among the 60+ channels that subscribers can now watch live on the Play platform are BBC First, Sundance TV, Paramount Movies and TLC. These join already existing channels which include Comedy Central and OSN Series First.
Non-English speaking audiences are well-catered for with the new additions too - OSN Play now offers a total of eight channels from the Indian subcontinent including Pakistan’s Dunya TV, India’s Zee Cinema, and sporting action from Ten Sports. Filipino audiences now have five channels to watch on Play, including sports from PBA Rush and entertainment and movies from the ABS-CBN Regional Channel and Pinoy Box Office Channel, while Arabic viewers are served by OSN’s own Yahala and Yahala Cinema channels.
The new live channels are complemented by around 7,000 hours of On Demand content, including about 400 movies and over 40 complete series box sets at any given time, which can be watched on any connected screen.
The move comes as traditional broadcasters face increasing competition from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Starzplay, and the live, branded, linear channels represent a weapon in OSN's arsenal that is not currently available to many rivals.
Emad Morcos, OSN’s chief content officer, commented “We’ve listened to our customers and studied the trends, and by increasing the streaming capacity of OSN Play and taking it up to nearly 60 live channels, we are giving viewers access to the premium entertainment they know and love, the way they want it. This is part of our ongoing digital strategy to elevate content viewing experiences by providing more live and on-demand options, at no extra cost.”
OSN also promises that more live channels from its current traditional TV selection will also be added to the service in future.