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Streaming services in the UAE

Some in, a lot aren’t

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Netflix isn’t the first streaming service in the region. Here is a list of other services you can check out,

Starz Play

A not contract film and television streaming service available in the Middle East and Africa available on iOS and Android Apps and the Humax set top box. Monthly subscription cost of Dh30 ($7.99).


Middle East and North Africa online streaming service with Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic content. Prices start at Dh29 a month and there is no contract.

Bein Sports

Sports channel available around the world on online subscriptions plans and through paid television services, including in the Middle East. Bein Sports has exclusive Arab Middle East broadcasting rights for many major sports including the English Premier League. Bein Sports recently announced the launch of additional, non-sport, entertainment channels. Price vary.

Eros Now

Indian-content focused streaming service offering Hindi, Tamil, Bollywood and regional Indian programmes. Prices start at Dh17.99.


In May 2014, OSN launched ‘GO’, an online TV service providing subscribers access to thousands of hours of English and Arabic content. The subscription fee is $10. The services do not require a separate OSN subscription.


Video sharing website owned by Google.

And then there are the hold outs. These popular streaming services have yet to enter the Middle East

Amazon Video

On demand streaming service available in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Austria and Germany. Owned by Amazon and has a licensing deal with HBO content.


On demand, stand-alone streaming service created by American cable television channel HBO to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Does not require a television subscription to use. Only available in the United States and some US territories.


American online streaming service only available in the United States and Japan.

BBC iPlayer

Online catchup streaming service for radio and television programmes aired on the BBC. No fees or registration required but only available in the United Kingdom.

ABC iView

Australia’s public broadcasters version of iPlayer for ABC produced content. No fees or registration required but only available in Australia.