Satnews Daily
September 15th, 2014

Arabsat + Selevision's Spirits Are High On Hybrid... MENA's First Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV Service

[SatNews] ..."REDO unit will allow us to provide a variety of interactive new hybrid services to the market before any other provider in the region.”

Selevision and Arabsat announced that they have entered into an exclusive long-term partnership to deliver the first Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) service to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa). The Service will be provided to Arabsat customer base from three different locations; Jordan Media City in Jordan, Du in UAE and Overon in Spain.

The Arabsat Satellite based HbbTV service will be complimented by the Selevision OTT platform and content library of Selevision to provide different viewer's experiences for the 26deg Arabsat hotspot. Broadcasters will enjoy different standardized applications in addition to the wide possibilities of customized applications. The service will be available to viewers on all HbbTV compatible set-top-boxes in the market. Furthermore, Arabsat and Selevision will launch the first HbbTV Channel in the region as a pilot to present the concept to the customer base of Arabsat.

Dr. Raed Khusheim, Chief Executive Officer at Selevision said: “We are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with Arabsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. We are constantly looking forward and are committed to delivering engaging new services for customers, The HBBTV service will be compatible with all available HBBTV-ready boxes in the market, furthermore, we have also announced REDO, Selevision's new invention; the first hybrid android unit with approved C.A.S system platform: REDO unit will allow us to provide a variety of interactive new hybrid services to the market before any other provider in the region”.

Khalid Balkhyour, President and CEO of Arabsat said: “Arabsat is always keen to deliver new experiences to its viewers and facilitate access to new technology for its broadcastors base customers; this partnership with Selevision will add value to Arabsat hotspot at 26deg E with its growing neighborhood that will benefit both the broadcaster and the viewer. This platform will leverage on Arabsat reach and on Selevision extremely competitive offerings and services. Both Parties have invested in this platform to provide an excellent cooperation model in the industry’

HbbTV is a global initiative that brings together broadcast and broadband TV services into one user experience through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV standard utilizes existing standards and web technologies including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C.
Selevision provides pay television technology. In addition to designing and manufacturing high end set-top units, Selevision provides a unique user experience throughout its exclusively engineered full services such as Live TV, VOD (Video On Demand), full advanced EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and instant Catch-up service, all made available not only on Selevision’s units but also on any connected Devices like Set top Box, Connected TV, and smart devices. Selevision is headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with development and sales offices in the United Arab Emirates. Kindly visit for more information.

Founded in 1976, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 30 years. Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations and 2 Pay-TV networks and over 85HD channels reaching 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26 degrees East. Kindly visit for more information.