Orbit Communications Company This article is about the old Orbit. For the company's current successor, see OSN
Orbit Communications Company
was a privately owned Pay TV
network, operating in the Middle East
, North Africa
. Owned by Saudi Arabia
-based Mawarid Holding
(via Digital Media Systems),
it was the first fully digital
, multi-channel, multi-lingual, pay television
service in the Middle East
and North Africa
and was also the world's first fully end to end digital TV network.
Launched in 1994, it was originally situated in Tor Sapienza, Rome, Italy as the location was considered entirely suitable to build a satellite farm.
Orbit employed around 600 employees[when?]
who were largely a combination of British and Italian staff with several Arabic speaking nations also represented.
Orbit broadcast in several languages around the world including English
Orbit Communications Company
Some of Orbit's Arabic channels including Bahrain TV, Al Safwa, Fann, Al Yawm, Cinema 1, Cinema 2, Mousalsalat and Mousalsalat +2 are available throughout North and South America through myTV (Arabic)
In 2009, the company merged with Showtime Arabia
to form OSN
, which is currently the biggest pay-TV provider in the MENA region.
Orbit had launched 4 multi-function interactive decoders:
This allowed the following features:
- 2-level parental control (Channel & Rating).
- 7-day bilingual electronic program guide.
- 22 radio channels of music & news & entertainment.
- Arabic subtitles & multi-lingual audio on selected channels.
- MOVIES CHANNELS:
- Show Movies 1
- Show Movies 2
- Show Movies Comedy
- Show Movies Action
- Super Movies Horror
- Super Movies Thriller
- Show Movies Family
- Show Movies Kids
- Super Movies Classics
- ART Aflam 1
- ART Aflam 2
- ART Cinema
- Cinema 1
- Cinema 2
- Paramount Channel
- Star Movies
- Super Movies
- Super Movies +2
- Xtra Movies
- Xtra Movies +2
- OSN Movies Disney
- Edge Sport
- AD Sports 5
- AD Sports 6
- Dubai Racing 3
- Al Riyadiyah 1
- Al Riyadiyah 2
- Al Riyadiyah 3
- Al Riyadiyah 4
- Al Riyadiyah 5
- Al Riyadiyah 6
- Al Riyadiyah 7
- Al Riyadiyah 8
- Orbit Sports
- Orbit Sports 1
- Orbit Sports 2
- Orbit Sports 3
- Orbit Sports 4
- Orbit Sports 5
- ShowSports 1
- ShowSports 2
- ShowSports 3
- Kids and Education:
- Series and Lifestyle:
- Pay Per View:
- TVMAX 1
- TVMAX 2
- TVMAX 3
- TVMAX SPORTS 1
- TVMAX SPORTS 2
- TVMAX SPORTS 3
- ShowShasha Extra
- Bahrain TV
- Al Thalitha
- AL Oula
- Al Thania
Up To 500 and more Free-To-Air television and radio channels (including Arabsat
... - based on type of connection).
Orbit ESPN's disappearance On 1 April 2008,
after being on the air since 1994, Orbit ESPN
disappeared from the Orbit lineup. This left Orbit without coverage of the NCAA
, Major League Baseball
, the National Hockey League
, Major League Soccer
, the National Football League
, major golf and tennis tournaments, and the premier action sports franchise in the world, ESPN's X Games
One of the reasons that break the contract with ESPN is the severe financial problems happened at that time, since 1999-2000 the production graph line has been moved down. In 2009, a major delay in paying salaries for orbit employees in Egypt, Lebanon and KSA for more than 4 months.
BBC Arabic Television
BBC Arabic Television
was originally transmitted via Orbit from 1994 until April 21, 1996, when it was taken off air by Orbit after the channel broadcast an episode of the BBC Panorama
program critical of the Saudi Arabian government. Many of the BBC Arabic Television staff then went to work for Al Jazeera
The BBC has since relaunched the channel autonomously in 2008.
(THE FOLLOWING PACKAGES ARE ORBIT'S MAIN PACKAGES) (PACKAGES MAY DIFFER FROM COUNTRY TO ANOTHER)
- SUPER MEGA: Super Mega includes all Arabic and Western Orbit TV Channels. Plus, 22 Radio Chanels and 4 TV MAX Channels.
- SUPER PRIME: Super Prime includes only Orbits' Western Channels, plus NBA TV, Al Riyadiyah, Music Now, MTV Arabia. Plus, 22 Radio Channels and 4 TV MAX Channels.
- ALFA: Includes all Orbits' Arabic Channels, plus CNN International and Music Now. Plus, 22 Radio Channels and 4 TV MAX Channels.
- FAMILY: The best in Family entertainment: Al Safwa, Al Yawm, Fann, Music Now, Arabic Series Channel, MTV Arabia, Fun Channel, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney, Disney Channel, Spacetoon, Nickelodeon, The History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, CNN International, Bloomberg Television, Euronews, CNN International, Al Riyadiyah, NBA TV, Hollywood Channel (Zone Club), BBC Prime, Super Comedy, Discovery Travel & Living, 4 TV MAX channels. Plus, 22 Radio Channels.
- PINOY PLUS: The best in Filipino programming: GMA Pinoy TV, NBN Pinoy News, GMA Life TV. Plus, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, MGM Movies, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Hollywood Channel (Zone Club), Fashion TV, Music Now, Trace TV, MTV Arabia, CNN International, NBA TV, 22 Radio Channels and 4 TV MAX Channels.
- KIDS: The package includes the best in kids entertainment, documentary channels and sports channels: Fun Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney, Disney Channel, Spacetoon, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, The History Channel, NBA TV. Plus, 22 Radio Channels and 4 TV MAX Channels. (Kids package is only available as a second subscription only).
Showtime Arabia merger
The newly formed company, which is called OSN,
is an equal partnership that would offer 70 exclusive channels featuring new movies
content and international shows.
New customers can subscribe to packages featuring Showtime Arabia's
and Orbit Communications Company'
s programs, while existing subscribers will be able to either retain or upgrade their content. The company will offer HD
channels, video on demand
and other interactive
- ^ Zawya - Mawarid Holding
- ^ Zawya - Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network
- ^ ORBIT PLANS TV SERVICE. telecompaper, 9 December 1993 http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orbit-plans-tv-service--13295
- ^ a b Fact Provided By Former Employee
- ^ http://www.my-tv.us/PackagesListing.aspx?pageid=29
- ^ Newlywed in Dubai
- ^ Orbit and ESPN International renew programming distribution agreement Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ a b Chiba Yushi (February 2012). "A Comparative Study on the Pan-Arab Media Strategies: The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia" (PDF). 5 (1&2). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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