‘The Flash’ tops regional streaming service’s chart for most-watched DC show

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Updated 29 June 2020

‘The Flash’ tops regional streaming service’s chart for most-watched DC show

RIYADH: Regional subscription video-on-demand service, StarzPlay, has revealed the most popular DC Universe show among its sci-fi fans.

A survey conducted by the service showed that 42 percent of its viewers were binging on DC shows with “The Flash” topping the chart at 62 percent of users watching and completing the full boxsets.

The show, featuring DC’s fastest man alive, was one of the most-watched series in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with 26.7 percent of StarzPlay’s monthly active users (MAUs) addicted to the action-packed superhero series.

DC fans in Kuwait were the biggest watchers of the crime-scene investigator at 38.1 percent of MAUs, followed by the UAE (31.4 percent), and Saudi Arabia (27.2 percent).

Another popular DC character “Batwoman” attracted the highest number of unique users, with 41 percent of DC fans consuming new episodes every week.

Khaled Benchouche, SVP programming and acquisitions at StarzPlay, said: “As a customer-focused brand, we constantly analyze our in-house data to provide content that is most sought-after and relevant for our subscribers. Our recent study shows the growing appetite for DC content in the region, especially boxsets.

“The latest additions to our DC portfolio have done exceptionally well. We have seen a tremendous increase in viewing during the stay-at-home period, which provided us with more insights into the type of content our customers prefer.

“We will continue to follow our data-led strategy to meet and exceed consumer expectations,” he added.

StarzPlay subscribers can also watch the entire second season of “Doom Patrol,” set to premiere on the platform this month. Following the story of DC’s beloved group of superheroes who are brought together by modern-day scientist Dr. Niles, viewers can watch how the super-powered outcasts together fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

The service is available in 20 countries across the MENA region, including Pakistan.

TWITTER POLL: UK decision to exclude Arab nations from COVID-19 quarantine ‘unjust’

Updated 07 July 2020

TWITTER POLL: UK decision to exclude Arab nations from COVID-19 quarantine ‘unjust’

  • Saudi Arabia's infection rate is similar to UK, Egypt is even lower
  • Poll reveals Arab News readers believe quarantine rule is unjust

DUBAI: The UK government’s decision to not include people traveling from any Arab nations in its waiving of the coronavirus quarantine requirements is unjust according to an Arab News Twitter poll.

The recent announcement that it was lifting quarantine requirements for people arriving in England from 59 different countries failed to include any Arab nations, despite many having significantly lower COVID-19-related fatality rates and similar proportions of infections.

Of the 1,039 people who took part in the poll, 56 percent said they did not believe that the United Kingdom’s decision was justified, while 27.3 percent said they did.

According to ourworldindata.org more than 15 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases lead to a fatality in the UK, while in the UAE that number was significantly lower at 0.62 percent, and in Saudi Arabia 0.91 percent.

People traveling from the countries not included in the list of 59 will still be required to self-quarantine on arrival into the UK for two weeks.

The UK currently has an infection rate of approximately 0.42 percent of its total population, while in France the rate is at 0.25 percent and Germany a slightly lower 0.23 percent – both the latter countries are included in the exemption list.


But Saudi Arabia’s infection rate is currently at 0.61 percent of its total population, Egypt is at 0.075 percent and Tunisia even lower at 0.01 percent – and yet none of these countries are included.

The UAE which has a significantly lower population  of less than 10 million, has an infection rate of 2.88 percent.

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