OSN launches internet-enabled DVR

Sunday, September 16th, 2012 
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Unlimited content now available at the touch of a button for OSN subscribers

  • OSN Plus HD, offering viewers a whole new world of entertainment

DUBAI, UAE — Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has launched OSN Plus HD, the regions first Internet enabled satellite receiver and recorder with full 3D and HD capabilities. OSN Plus HD is the first of its kind featuring an impressive online ‘Video on Demand’ library providing viewers with instant access to the newest releases plus 1000’s of hours of premium movies, TV series, sports and kids entertainment all available at the touch of a button.

OSN Plus HD will open up a whole new world of entertainment where viewers can watch what they want, when they want. There’s so much to discover every month with instant and secure online access to an incredible 1,000 hours of movies from both independent and Hollywood studios, 100 hours of catch up TV, over 100 hours of TV series and 200 hours of OSN Yahala!HD, OSN’s flagship premium Arabic content channel.

At launch, over 500 programmes will be available to download including family and kids genres, top series, catch up TV as well as sports including 40 hours per month of the very popular WWE and UFC. That’s not all, the new OSN Plus HD will also feature packaged content from premium channels such as Food Network, Jim Jam, Disney and the History channel.

David Butorac, CEO of OSN said: “We’re redefining the TV viewing experience bringing even more innovation and technological advancements to provide more flexibility and choice to customers. The new OSN Plus HD is a one stop shop for a viewing experience where the viewer is in complete control and can continuously watch what they want when they want over a secure online platform. At OSN, we understand the importance of being able to watch premium content at a time of your choosing and services such as OSN Play, the OSN Showbox and the all new OSN Plus HD are part of our strategy to bring more value and convenience to subscribers.”

The launch of OSN Plus HD makes OSN the first in the world to introduce a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) based on Broadcom’s next generation chipset technology. The set top box is manufactured by Humax, one of the world’s leading digital set-top box manufacturers.

The online Video On Demand library branded ‘OSN on Demand’ is a key feature of the new DVR and the advanced technology used enables viewers to start watching programmes in less than a minute. Viewers can also queue multiple downloads and store them on the massive one terabyte internal hard drive.

Mark Billinge, Vice President of Broadcast Operations and Technology at OSN, added: “The launch of OSN Plus HD builds on the success of our existing DVR platform and demonstrates our technology capabilities, innovation and ability to provide the ultimate TV viewing experience in the region. The new service allows viewers the convenience of choosing from over a 1000 hours of OSN’s premium content and watching the latest of what they want, when they want in the format of their choice whether its high definition or SD via the internet and satellite.”

The OSN Plus HD remote control helps users to easily navigate and record favourite shows or entire series, watch the best HD content on demand with options of pause, rewind and fast forward. OSN Plus HD also features a Common Interface (CI) slot that can be used for other services providers. Viewers have complete control of their viewing with the Parental Control functionality providing added security and enabling families to easily restrict or completely block channels or programmes.

The new service is available in UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Bahrain and requires a minimum internet download speed of 1MB.

Links: Orbit Showtime Network