Coronavirus: MBC Group’s Shahid VOD service offers free VIP subscriptions for all

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Shahid, a video streaming and TV catch-up service in the Middle East and North Africa region, announced that it would offer all new users a complimentary one-month VIP subscription due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

Countries across the Middle East have closed borders, restricted travel, and suspended many businesses to combat the spread of the deadly virus. With many left at home, some are turning to video-on-demand (VOD) services like Shahid to provide entertainment.

MBC, the largest free-to-air broadcasting company in the Middle East and owner of Shahid, announced that over the next 30 days several shows would be airing on the platform. This includes Al Theeb fi Al Qleeb, with Saudi comedy icon Nasser Al-Qasabi’s returning to the stage after 30 years, and Born a King, which documents the true story of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

New originals coming to Shahid include Egyptian drama thriller Fe Kul Esboa Youm Gomaa, starring Menna Shalaby and Asser Yassine, and Ahd El Dam with Syrian actor Bassel Khayat.

Shahid was launched in 2009 and already provides access to MBC’s network, including nine live HD channels and a catch-up service.

In January, the service announced a partnership with Disney and Fox to provide the region with shows from both companies, including Marvel products. The partnerships brought around 3,000 additional hours of entertainment to the streaming platform.

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