BBC First availability in the Middle East
OSN, the region’s leading pay TV platform, became the exclusive home to BBC First in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 1 February 2016. OSN is the only place to watch the very best of British premium drama, with two hours of award-winning prime-time programming with Arabic subtitles.
BBC First gives audiences the very first chance to see stories that challenge, immerse and entertain, all with a unique British perspective. The brand new channel features hugely popular and critically acclaimed series such as brand new Sherlock and Luther alongside the BBC’s epic new adaptation of War and Peace. The long-running and hugely popular EastEnders is brought to OSN viewers soon after its UK broadcast. The channel is also the first place to premiere the BBC’s biggest drama titles and express to Middle Eastern and North African audiences. BBC First is available on channel number 215 on OSN.
As part of our global strategy, the channel has replaced the pan-regional BBC Entertainment channel with increased investment into content and key titles introduced with Arabic subtitles.