OSN will join a colossal Guinness World Record attempt to celebrate 15 years of the spectacular CSI franchise by broadcasting the CSI Season 14 Episode 21 on March 5, 2015 (12:00 GMT / 03:00 KSA), scheduled to air in more than 150 countries worldwide simultaneously.
CBS has declared Wednesday, March 4 ‘Word CSI Day’, and along with OSN and countless TV broadcasters they will embark on a global effort for CSI to break the Guinness World Records achievement for the “Largest Ever TV Drama Simulcast.” This simulcast by OSN reinforces its ‘See it First’ proposition with yet another ‘same time as U.S’ telecast.
The global event will feature a worldwide simulcast of the CSI episode “Kitty”, which saw the introduction of the Cyber Crime Division and Special Agent Avery Ryan played by Academy award winner Patricia Arquette. The episode features her heading FBI’s Cyber Crime Division, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. The episode will air at 03:00 KSA, March 5, 2015, exclusively on OSN First HD.
Khulud Abu Homos, OSN’s Executive Vice President for programming said: “We are excited to be part of such a remarkable global phenomenon. By committing to bringing our viewers the latest content, they will now be able to join in on the record attempt by watching the episode along with the hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world. Viewers can look forward to the brand new season of CSI this July and also the new show, ‘CSI: Cyber’ which will premiere exclusively on OSN First HD in Oct 2015”.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered in the fall of 2000 with big ratings, ground-breaking production values and a storytelling form that influenced a generation of crime dramas. The series ranked as television’s #1 drama for seven seasons and became a global phenomenon, earning the title of the “most-watched show in the world” on six separate occasions, most recently in 2012. CSI has also developed into a major franchise for CBS, spanning three television spin-offs, books, video games and “CSI: The Experience,” an interactive educational exhibit about forensic science that travels around the world.
“When CSI premiered, I had no idea it would become the sensational global franchise it is today,” said Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise.
“The CSI franchise has been a centre piece of television schedules around the world for the past 15 years,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We are thrilled to celebrate this anniversary through a global simulcast event, supported by the licensees who have made the original series such a powerful brand in their markets.”
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OSN is the home to over 145 channels and services 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.
OSN boasts the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal, HBO and DreamWorks and offers access to the world’s leading television brands including Disney channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and National Geographic.
Launched in August 2013, OSN Pehla brings the best of Bollywood movies and premium cricket, including exclusive telecast rights of international tournaments such as the ICC Cricket World Cup and Indian cricket, through leading sports channels OSN Sports Cricket HD and Ten Cricket.
As the leader in innovation, OSN has changed the TV viewing experience by bringing quality entertainment through 58 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 OSN DVR 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 rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering subscribers money can’t buy experiences, special offers and premium prizes all year round.
Addressing the changing viewing habits of consumers across the region, in May 2014, OSN launched ‘Go by OSN’, a premium online TV service providing subscribers access to thousands of hours of premium entertainment, contract and commitment-free.
The OSN platform is owned and operated by Panther Media Group Limited; a company registered in DIFC, and is owned by KIPCO and Mawarid Group Limited.
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