Shahid now available on all major Smart TV brands and streaming devices

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Updated 03 September 2020

Shahid now available on all major Smart TV brands and streaming devices

  • Shahid’s entire offering is available via the TV apps

Shahid, the first and leading streaming service in the Arab world by MBC Group, is now available on all major Smart TV brands and connected streaming devices.

The announcement follows research by MBC Group that has found that an increasing number of Shahid VIP subscribers prefer to consume content on larger screen devices, in addition to mobile devices.

In addition to being able to screencast via a smartphone, the Shahid app is now available on all major Smart TV offerings, such as Samsung, LG and Android-powered TVs, including Sony, TCL Hisense, Philips, Toshiba and Skyworth. Other streaming devices include Apple TV and Xiaomi Mi Box.

Shahid’s entire offering is available via the TV apps, including Premieres, Originals, pre-theatrical movie releases and more.

“Our aim is to always offer the very best in content, experiences and technology for our viewers, and by enabling Shahid VIP across all mainstream Smart TV brands we are able to reach more consumers than ever before by supporting their additional video consumption habits,” said Dominic Farrell, director of Digital Technology at Shahid. “Despite being a recent offering, the return has been almost immediate and the results impressive. In fact, Smart TVs already account for around half of what our subscribers consume.

“Another advantage is that Smart TV subscribers have, on average, double the engagement compared to a VIP subscriber using their mobile device. While our effort is making subscribers happier, it is also moving the needle across all our service metrics. More devices will be added soon to the list, ensuring everyone enjoys their favorite premium video content whenever, wherever and however they want.”

Consumers purchasing a new Smart TV from Sony or TCL will receive a complimentary subscription to Shahid’s premium content offering, Shahid VIP.
 


Maradona of Aabdine, Lebanon? Looking back at the TV show that revealed it

Updated 26 November 2020

Maradona of Aabdine, Lebanon? Looking back at the TV show that revealed it

  • The football legend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60 after battling health issues and undergoing emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago

LONDON: Amid news of the death of Argentinian football superstar Diego Maradona on Wednesday, a Lebanese television clip that claimed he was originally from Lebanon has resurfaced on social media.

The Future Television show, Sire w Infatahit, hosted by award-winning journalist Zaven Kouyoumdjian, was the first to reveal the claim that Maradona originally hailed from the town of Aabdine in north Lebanon.

“There are people who left Aabdine to go to Argentina. However, they were only able to travel on ships because there were not many,” a man from Aabdine said in a report from the show.

“So they left on board the Titanic, which later sank but, one of them survived. One of their relatives is the great football legend, Maradona.

“Even after he became an international superstar, they came back to the village asking about their relatives in order for him to meet them.”

The football legend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60 after battling health issues and undergoing emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago.