Twelve new Arabic series, five of them exclusive to OSN, will be broadcast by the Middle East pay-TV operator during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The headlining Egyptian production on OSN is Zawaj Bel Ekrah season one – a controversial drama featuring Zeina and Ahmed Fahmy and touching upon forced marriage, love and greed.
The pay-TV operator's Ramadan content will include some of the region's biggest stars, including Lamyaa Tariq, Abdulallah Bushereih, Cyrine Abdelnour, Ghada Abdulraziq, Sulaf Fawakhirji, Abed Fahed, Ahmed Mekky and Magie Bu Ghusun.
OSN is introducing a pre-Ramadan series preview, showing the first episodes of the new exclusive series – Zawaj Bel Ekrah, Egyptian drama Al Boyout Asrar season one, the second season of Egyptian drama Uryudu Rajoulan, the Gulf's Fi Amal, and pan-Arab drama 24 Carat – a week before the start of Ramadan.
"In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region, we are showing the first two episodes of the five exclusive Ramadan series a week before Ramadan. The 'early preview service' enables viewers to gain a comprehensive overview of what to watch during the Holy Month. We understand that the coming month is hectic and that is why we have planned to announce the line-up in advance in order to make life easier for our subscribers," said Khulud Abu Homos, executive vice president, programming & creative services, OSN.
The preview option will be joined by a special Ramadan catch-up TV service called Ma Fatak TV. Over 20 Arabic drama shows will be available on-demand, both on the OSN Plus HD, and via the online viewing platform OSN Play. Additionally, blockbuster family films will be screened daily at 3pm KSA time.
"Ramadan celebrates the values of family togetherness and solidarity. Our programming as well as advanced technology features are aimed at maximising quality family time. It also takes into consideration the time that is diligently set aside for religious obligations and cultural traditions during the Holy Month," said Khulud.
Ramadan will be observed from 18 June to 17 July 2015 in most Muslim countries, depending on the sighting of the moon.