Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- Middle East digital content provider Istikana has partnered with Samsung Gulf Electronics to launch an Arabic video on demand (VOD) service for users of internet-enabled smart TVs. Over 3,000 hours of Arabic content will be provided by Istikana, including cartoons, films, children's TV, and documentaries, as well as international television series dubbed into Arabic. In addition to Istikana, Samsung's 250 smart TV applications include Dubai Media Corporation's streamed television stations; 60 Indian channels from YuppTV; Al Jazeera; the Arabian Radio Network; and DEWA, a UAE-developed business solutions app.

Samsung says it aims to secure further business partnerships 'to provide locally tailored content and services' to consumers in the Middle East and North Africa.

- S.A.: Ballz Visual Radio, the new visual online radio station that features four hours of sport and entertainment, has indicated that its early listenership results are good since its first broadcast in April 2012.

- African Press Organization (APO) releases two video infographics on online press conferencing and interactive webcast, two services considered the future of media relations. “Through the online conference tool, the African Press Organisation (APO) is re-defining the concept of 'news conferencing'.