Discovery & StarzPlay Bring Dplay to MENA


Dplay, Discovery’s OTT service, is being made available across the MENA region, thanks to a new partnership between Discovery MEA and the StarzPlay SVOD platform.

StarzPlay subscribers will gain access to a new branded area on the existing platform. From launch, Dplay on StarzPlay will feature thousands of hours of content, curated into playlists dedicated to different interest verticals, including crime, lifestyle, food, wildlife and more. Subscribers will also enjoy the addition of new content added to the platform each month.

Dplay will be available in Q2 2020, through existing StarzPlay apps, including Apple TV. StarzPlay is available to download online and via respective iOS and Android app stores.

Amanda Turnbull, general manager of Discovery Middle East & Africa, commented: “This is the first time Discovery is taking its fantastic content beyond the pay-TV universe in the region and opening it up to a whole new customer base. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver our content to fans, getting it in their hands exactly how they want it—and this partnership with StarzPlay is a prime example of how we’re continuing to evolve our offering to build on Discovery’s existing success. As we commence our pivot toward digital, this milestone sets the benchmark for Discovery’s continued growth in the digital space.”

Danny Bates, chief commercial officer at StarzPlay, said: “As the leading video streaming service in MENA, we have established ourselves as the platform with the most comprehensive distribution reach and payment network. With this partnership, we are starting a new chapter in the company’s growth to become the one-stop-shop for premium content. Discovery has best-in-class factual content that our subscribers would love to consume.”