Mideast TV viewership rises by 3 hours a day during Ramadan: Netflix poll

Updated 11 May 2018
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Mideast TV viewership rises by 3 hours a day during Ramadan: Netflix poll

  • The poll asked residents in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt about their changing behaviors and looked at how people spent their time during the Islamic holy month
  • Findings showed that peak viewership time in region shifts to 2 a.m.-5 a.m., with viewers spending on average an extra three hours a day watching TV shows or movies

DUBAI: Television viewership during Ramadan goes up by 78 percent in the Middle East, a recent YouGov survey commissioned by Netflix found.

The poll asked residents in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt about their changing behaviors and looked at how people spent their time during the Islamic holy month.

Findings showed that peak viewership time in region shifts to 2 a.m.-5 a.m., with viewers spending on average an extra three hours a day watching TV shows or movies. That adds up to 90 extra hours of TV time over 30 days — equivalent to about 60 movies or 180 30-minute shows.

The rise is due to later bedtimes, the study suggests, as many will stay awake to the earlier hours of the morning for suhoor — when Muslims eat their last meal of the day before fasting.

In Saudi Arabia, 50 percent of those who took part in the survey said they went to sleep at 5 a.m.

Over half of survey respondents from the Kingdom (52 percent) spent two to three hours of TV time with family and friends, with the top genre among those being comedy, followed by family drama and history.


Mystery of Saudi journalist Khashoggi's missing tweets

Updated 16 October 2018
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Mystery of Saudi journalist Khashoggi's missing tweets

RIYADH: Unusual activity has been observed on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Twitter account since his disappearance on Oct. 2 — with a total of 163 old tweets having been deleted.
This has raised questions about the identity of the person managing Khashoggi’s Twitter account — and whether it is his alleged fiancée Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz. It was reported that all of Khashoggi’s cellphones are in her possession; yet Khashoggi’s ex-wife, Alaa Nassif, has said neither she nor Khashoggi’s family had any knowledge of Khadija.
On the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, he had not followed anyone new and the number of the accounts he followed was 778, according to the analytics tool SocialBlade.

After US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Khashoggie tweeted about how he had “collapsed crying.” He wrote on Twitter: “I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah (Bin Laden’s nickname). You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion.”
After US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Khashoggi tweeted about how he had “collapsed crying.” He wrote on Twitter: “I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah (Bin Laden’s nickname). You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion.”


That day, an additional 20 tweets were posted on Khashoggi’s account. Yet between Oct. 3 and Oct. 15, a total of 163 tweets were deleted — including 90 tweets on Oct. 4 alone. The number of accounts followed by Khashoggi also dropped by five during the same period — although it is not clear whether these accounts were deliberately unfollowed.

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A Saudi Twitter user named Trad Al-Asmari has also monitored Khashoggi’s account and posted the findings online.
Questions have been raised over the kind of tweets being deleted from Khashoggi’s account, given the controversial nature of some of his posts, in which he had expressed views that could have been deemed sympathetic to Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

In another tweet, Khashoggi apparently aimed to justify Daesh’s tactic of beheading people.


Lebanese political activist Nidal Sabeh said in a tweet about the activity on Khashoggi’s account:
“The person managing the Twitter account of Jamal Khashoggi has removed me from his friends list. His account has been recently very active, deleting several tweets and unfollowing accounts Jamal used to follow. I have no idea what could be the purpose of this act, but it certainly is noticeable.”