Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and Hollywood actor and director Antonio Banderas revealed new TV content for OSN at a press conference at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
The pay-tv network has announced that three new channels will be added to their platform, OSN Movies Family HD, OSN Store and a dedicated HBO channel screening TV hits such as Girls, True Detective, Veep and global TV phenomenon Game of Thrones.
Banderas’ new film The 33, tellingthe real-life story of the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped for 69 days will be screened on the channel in the New Year, and Game of Thrones will continue to be aired on the network.
Speaking at the press conference, British actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the epic TV show, Game of Thrones, expressed her amazement at the amount of affection there is in the region for the show. “It’s so wonderful to come to other parts of the world and have people who know who I am and they’re so supportive and lovely and I can’t think everyone enough, because it wouldn’t be anything without the viewers.”
The network are not only giving audiences more choice but focussing on screening many series at the same time as the US or UK. David Butorac, CEO of OSN, speaking at the press conference said that the focus for 2016 was on offering audience the best in entertainment. “We are pushing the envelope and adding a wider portfolio of original and exclusive programming- movies, sports series, children’s entertain and infotainment – as well as working with the very best international names to bring fantastic local content to Arabic viewers in 2016.”
The CEO also announced the launch of Saturday Night Live Arabia, an Arabic version of the popular American comedy sketch show which has seen big name guest hosts such as Tiny Fey, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon create hit viewing. The network have not announced who they plan to cast as hosts, but say that the show is due to air “later in the year.”
OSN has also launched the region’s first digital video store, ‘OSN Store’ where customers can buy and keep their favourite movies.
Sports fans will be pleased to know that the OSN will continue to show WWE and Euro World Cup Qualifiers in 2018 and 2020 as well as the Abu Dhabi league.
What to Watch on OSN in 2016
Emmy award-winning political sit-com starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the US Vice President.
Game of Thrones
The most popular TV show on the planet right now. The medieval fantasy is based on power, kings and queens.
Sporting drama starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John David Washington (Denzel’s son) as American football players.
Starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black this new comedy focuses on Top U.S. government and military personneltrying to prevent World War 3.
A new series of the popular crime mystery show
Lena Dunham’s hit show about 20 something’s life in New York
2016 Olympic Games
All the sporting action live from Rio.