Samsung Launches SmartPack to Meet MENA’s Growing Appetite for Video on Demand (VOD) Content

Consumers across the region have nonstop & unlimited access to the best entertainment on Samsung SmartPack in partnership with Shahid, STARZ PLAY and Weyyak.

[INSERT CITY, COUNTRY] – 26 December 2018 – Samsung Electronics Middle East and North Africa (MENA) today announced a new offer of a wide-ranging, family-filled entertainment platform with the release of an all new SmartPack offering. Consumers will have an unlimited range of content at their disposal via the Samsung SmartPack platform, including thousands of movies, the latest TV series and a host of other premium content thanks to a growing variety of partnerships with MENA’s leading Video on Demand (VOD) providers.

By purchasing selected new 2018 Samsung TV models, customers will be able to enjoy immersive experiences combined with the SmartPack’s outstanding content offerings, free and on demand for up to 12 months, thanks to Shahid, STARZ PLAY and Weyaak initially, with the aim to providing consumers with more on-demand access to exclusive content.

Bringing the first VOD offer of its kind to the region, Samsung customers can unlock SmartPack’s cutting-edge entertainment features when they purchase new QLED series TVs, Premium UHD and UHD TVs. Understanding the ground realities of content demand in the region, Samsung is looking to expand its future capabilities by leveraging its position as a technology enabler to bring ancillary value to customers via the Samsung SmartPack platform. Created with consumer’s demands in mind, the entertainment platform will deliver unlimited content as an extension of our promise to contribute toward enriching consumers’ lives.

Mr. Sungwan Myung, President of Samsung Electronics Middle East and North Africa (MENA), said: “Samsung is at the forefront of leading innovation and technology for the TV industry, and this offer extends a warm welcome to new and existing customers to embrace the freedom of choice, heightened convenience, and unfathomed entertainment experience that Samsung’s SmartPack content platform delivers. The company offers the latest and most sophisticated technology with the QLED TV series and this premium viewing experience is enriched with the addition of wide-ranging content in line with our vision to devise innovative solutions to meet the expectations and needs of our customers.”

Ahmed Qandil – Head of Digital Products at MBC Group said: “MBC Group is pleased to partner with Samsung Electronics to bring a whole new level of entertainment value through SHAHID – the most popular and successful premium video-on-demand (VOD) service in the Arab world. This partnership is in line with our customer-centric approach as a company, and it is a continuation for our efforts to provide our users with award winning premium content on bigger screens to enrich the users’ experience.”

Maaz Sheikh, Co-Founder & CEO STARZ PLAY said: “STARZ PLAY is at the forefront of utilizing advanced technology to deliver amazing value to our viewers. Through this partnership, our premium viewing experience paired with Samsung’s leading technology solutions will allow customers to truly get the most out of the thousands of blockbuster Hollywood movies, TV shows, documentaries, kid’s entertainment, same-day-as-the-US series – plus dedicated Arabic and Bollywood content – all across the MENA region.”

Nadine Samra, Vice President Digital Business ME & Africa: “Weyyak is a pioneer digital product of Zee Entertainment targeting the Arabic audience globally, the spirit of the service is summarized by the product name “Weyyak” which means with you in Arabic to view anytime and anywhere. Our unique VOD proposition of Indian dubbed content into Arabic and A class Arabic content paired with Samsung’s SmartPack offering, will create a special viewing experience for the MENA audience.)

Further partnerships and expansion to the SmartPack offering is expected to rollout in the coming year, Samsung will also continue to introduce cutting edge technologies and will be launching the world’s first 8K in 2019 to meet our consumers growing demands.

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