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Fox Middle East ties with Red Bee Media for global distribution service, renews playout contract

From left: Sanjay Raina and Houssam Khaled.

Fox Networks Group Middle East has renewed its playout and media management agreement with Red Bee Media for Fox, Fox Movies, Star Movies and Star World. In addition, Red Bee Media will also provide FNG Middle East with a cost-effective global distribution service through the Red Bee Media Channel Store for two of its channels. This is aimed at providing secure internet delivery, replacing costly satellite connections and adding new content delivery options.

Red Bee Media is now providing managed services for 10 Fox owned channels in the Middle East.

Red Bee Media has a long-standing relationship with Fox Networks Group Middle East. In addition to continuing to benefit from managed services within playout and media management, Fox will leverage the advantages of Red Bee Media’s global distribution service Channel Store for two of its channels. Replacing costly satellite and fiber connections with this secure and highly reliable internet-based signal transport solution, Fox will be able to achieve broadcast-grade distribution while significantly reducing cost and setup time.

Speaking about the partnership, Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Fox Networks Group Middle East said: “Red Bee Media has been our trusted service provider for a long time and we are happy to continue and expand this relationship for the years to come. Leveraging their global distribution offering, we are now also able to distribute channels globally in a more cost-effective and flexible way.

By adding their channels to the Red Bee Media Channel Store, Fox will now be able to quickly and cost-effectively distribute its channels onto multiple international affiliates outside of the Middle East, including BeIN, My HD and Etisalat.

“We are proud to have renewed and expanded our relationship with Fox and it is a clear confirmation of the value we bring by delivering our managed services. Doing so, we are providing Fox  with the ability to focus on content development, production and increased viewer satisfaction, driving business growth in their markets,” added Houssam Al-Khaled, Head of Market Area Middle East, Red Bee Media

Red Bee Media is delivering its services to Fox, through its Middle East hub in Abu Dhabi, servicing 10 channels and affiliate broadcasts.