OSN Launches Digital Fundamentals Training Programme

Tailored course from twofour54 tadreeb aims to upskill local experts in digital multi-platform engineering

OSN, the region’s leading pay TV network and twofour54 tadreeb have announced a two year partnership to offer a tailored Digital Fundamentals Training Programme to support expertise in digital multi-platform engineering and delivery in the UAE.

OSN is currently enhancing its services with the transition to high quality picture and audio broadcasting over digital multi-platforms. This Digital Fundamentals Training Programme has been especially tailored to upskill and support OSN engineers as the network undertakes these improvements. Six courses for 66 trainees will run throughout 2012-13, each with 25 training days.  Training areas include; Generic DVB / Satellite broadcasting, Picture Grading, Waveform usage, Audio monitoring and management and Multi-platform media format management.

Mike Tomlisson, Training and Development Director, OSN added: “OSN is continually growing and developing its broadcast services with new and improved technologies. In making these transitions into the digital world, it’s absolutely vital that our engineers upgrade their skills and have access to professional training. We’re delighted to be working with twofour54’s tadreeb to deliver tailored Digital Fundamentals Training Programmes.  OSN will benefit with improved internal processes and excellence and ultimately increased customer satisfaction.”


twofour54 tadreeb is the region’s premier vocational training academy and has been selected to deliver the OSN training course because of the highly relevant technology instruction it offers.  The course will be delivered by twofour54 tadreeb’s partner, the BBC.  It was this relationship with the BBC, together with its portfolio of technical courses, which meant that twofour54 tadreeb could deliver OSN’s very specific training requirements.

Noura Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer, twofour54 said: “All of twofour54 tadreeb’s media related vocational training is developed with employers needs as the focus. Similarly, this new Digital Fundamentals Training Programme, in partnership with OSN, is absolutely tailored by industry professionals making it highly relevant to professional digital engineers and their employers. Using the latest techniques and technologies, this bespoke training course will foster a new level and depth of skills, targeting engineers that are already highly accomplished in their field.”

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About OSN
OSN is the ultimate destination for the widest choice of brand new premium Western, Arabic and Filipino entertainment in the Middle East and Africa. OSN is the home of 100 channels filled with great value entertainment, offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies, top rated series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment, and live talk shows. The movie offering includes over a 100 uncut and uninterrupted movie premieres a month so viewers can watch them the way they were meant to be watched.
OSN boasts the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal and DreamWorks and offers access to the worlds leading television brands including Disney channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and Nat Geo.

As the leader in innovation, OSN has changed the TV viewing experience by bringing quality entertainment through 30 High Definition channels and is currently the only network offering a full HD bouquet of channels as well as 3D entertainment in the region. OSN was the first to launch the DVR, the OSN Showbox HD; the regions first online TV platform, OSN Play; the regions first 3D, HD, internet enabled satellite receiver and recorder, OSN Plus HD; and the region’s first VOD service, OSN on Demand offering viewers the opportunity to watch over 1000 movies and 52 latest seasons of the top series, all available in full HD quality and Dolby Digital sound.
September 2012 saw the launch of OSN’s first rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering subscribers money can’t buy experiences, special offers and premium prizes all year round.The OSN platform is owned and operated by Panther Media Group Limited; a company registered in DIFC and is owned by Mawarid Group Limited and KIPCO.


About twofour54
An Abu Dhabi Government initiative, twofour54 is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s leading media and entertainment hub.  twofour54's unique campus environment offers media and entertainment businesses the tools they need to succeed.  These include 100% company ownership in a stable tax-free environment, facilitated business networking, easy licensing and business set-up services, broadcast and production facilities, and access to professional media talent and industry experts. 
twofour54 delivers its advanced cohesive infrastructure through three key pillars: twofour54 tadreeb (the media training academy), twofour54 ibtikar (venture capital investment fund for Arab media and entertainment businesses) and twofour54 intaj (a state-of-the-art production complex including digital and post production facilities, broadcast and distribution facilities and the region’s only 3D Stereoscopic lab). These services are supported by twofour54 tawasol, facilitating easy business set-up and providing ongoing support services.

twofour54 is home to the world’s first Cartoon Network Animation Academy, a dedicated Gaming Academy in partnership with ubisoft and owns the leading global training provider, SAE Institute, in the UAE. The Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission are also managed by twofour54 under a single vision to position Abu Dhabi as a creative hub for the region.
twofour54 has already attracted over 170 companies, which are now based at the Abu Dhabi campus.  These include several of the region’s and world’s largest and most influential content creation companies, including Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Ubisoft, Sky News Arabia, Fox Intl Channels, CNN, BBC, Financial Times, C Sky Pictures, Thomson Reuters, Cartoon Network, PyraMedia, Bloomberg, Blink Studios, Charisma, VERITAS Films, Tahadi and Jawaker.  Each of these partners has recognised the vast opportunity that the Arab world represents for growth, and has committed significant investment and resources to business initiatives that are led out of twofour54.
The name twofour54 is taken from Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates, which are latitude 24 north, longitude 54 east. This name was chosen to symbolise Abu Dhabi’s strategic position within MENA, and its central role in driving the development of the region’s growing media and entertainment industries.