Quran TV (SBA)

Quran TV is a satellite television station that broadcasts from the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, live and 24 hours a day, at the walls of the Sacred Mosque of Mecca. It transmits live all five daily prayers and calls to prayer. Outside prayer times, the station broadcasts live images of different parts of the Holy Mosque accompanied by Koranic recitations from the best reciters of the Qur’an known in the Islamic world and from a whole range of different countries. Viewers will find themselves truly immersed in the spiritual atmosphere of the Holy Mosque of Mecca.

Depending on the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Communication, the network has been broadcasting continuously since its original launch and without the transmission coming directly from the Holy Mosque and the immediate surroundings ever having suffered any interruption or cessation. On the Day of ‘Arafat during the period of the Pilgrimage – Al-Hajj- the cameras are even filming outside the Sacred Mosque to capture the pilgrims’ steps to Mount Arafat.

Founded in early 1431 Hijri (equivalent to 18 December 2009) under the guard of the Two Sacred Mosques Nobles, the late King Abd-al Sa’ud al’Aziz, it is now considered to be the best of the available channels dedicated to spreading the Noble Qur’an. Friday prayers, the prayers of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha and the Tarawih prayers during the nights of Ramadan are also broadcast live.

This channel can be received in the all Middle East and North Africa region, through the Eutelsat/Nilesat 7°W satellite, and viewers can receive it for free.

Qatar TV

Qatar Television, better known as the Qatar TV or QTV is a channel that is run by the Qatari government as a public service channel, and it offers programs targeted at the general public. Broadcast from the Qatari capital, Doha, the programs on Qatar TV’s schedule include news bulletins and news chat shows, programs on business news, documentaries, religious programs and entertainment programs.

Launched in 1970, Qatar TV was the first TV channel to be granted broadcast television programs in the country, maintaining that monopoly until 1993 when Qatar Cablevision started to operate on satellite TV along with other channels. Colour first appeared on Qatar TV in 1974, and the channel now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In its programming, Qatar TV offers a range of programs that is relatively similar to programs of other channels from the Persian Gulf region. News-based and informative programs are featured prominently, including numerous topics dedicated to the royal family and its activities. National news is also widely treated by the Qatar TV schedule. In addition, the channel broadcasts various series as well as Arabic entertainment shows. Religion is another pillar of the chain, with regularly retransmissions of prayers and programs dedicated to religious learning. However, if you love movies from the West, you can can also watch western films subtitled in English.

Qatar TV is broadcast by the Hotbird satellite network. It’s the ideal channel to watch if you want a fresh perspective on news from the Middle East, or you are interested in Islamic religious programming.

Oman TV

Oman TV is a television channel from Oman, which offers a programme schedule of family viewing. Broadcast 24 hours a day, Oman TV offers a schedule of diverse programming.
For Oman TV information occupies a prominent place. The channel broadcasts several news magazine shows and comprehensive television news throughout the day and night. Each programme features national news, the various acts of the Sultan and of course international events. In addition to the news and current affairs segments, Oman TV also broadcasts many entertainment programmes. Across the schedule the viewer of Oman TV can find a wide range of popular TV series, cartoons, variety shows, debate and analysis programmes, documentaries, and various religious shows. Oman TV also broadcasts various educational youth programmes. To satisfy the wishes of the audience, Omani station broadcasts every Saturday, around midnight, a classical music concert performed by the National Orchestra of Oman. As this is a national television channel, Oman TV broadcasts live from all the ceremonies and special events in the country, such as military parades or the sultan’s speech.
As a general and family channel, Oman TV caters to both adults and children by offering broadcasts throughout the week for each age group but also unifying programs that allow families to get together in front of their television sets. Thus, no public and no topic is forgotten!
You can find Oman TV in all countries of Europe, Asia Minor, North Africa and the Mediterranean basin through the HOTBIRD satellites.

Nour TV

Channels with their scheduling based around religious themes have become increasingly common in the TV listings. So much so, that all religious denominations are now beginning to create channels designed to express their identities. Nour TV is a television station that focuses exclusively on Islam and aims to provide support to Muslims as they follow their faith. Many programmes are broadcast that deal with issues surrounding spirituality. Based in Dubai, this religious channel provides a real anchor in the growing audiovisual landscape of the Arab world. With a daily schedule of inclusive and diverse programmes, it is sure to go further and reach an even larger audience in the Islamic community. Though its programmes consist mainly of sermons, Nour TV is also a vehicle for Muslim teaching with important religious events receiving special coverage. For example, broadcasts in Persian are dedicated to supporting believers during the annual Ramadan period. Similarly, highlights of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca are transmitted as they happen. Occasionally, this reporting is so live and direct that Nour TV viewers who are glued to their screens really feel as if they are making the trip themselves. On a daily basis, viewers can follow programmes and teachings on various issues related to the Islamic faith, as well as on current affairs. To achieve this, the Nour TV television channel invites Imams and other specialists to talk about and enlighten viewers on a variety of topics, including issues that are normally considered to be taboo.

NourSat

Founded in 1991 by a group of committed lay people, this Christian channel remains unique in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. And that is the foundation of its continued success.

Broadcast by the satellite network Hot Bird, NourSat TV (also known as Télé Lumière) is a free channel with an ecumenical and religious remit, financed exclusively by donations from supporters. Its executives remain committed to the principle of airing neither commercial advertising nor political views.

This Lebanese channel is entirely devoted to Christian values, such as love, peace, justice, freedom and human rights around the world. The Church continues to offer its full cooperation with NourSat TV in promoting these fundamental beliefs.

As reflected in the channel’s inspiring slogan “The light be with us,” God’s light shines through a daily schedule of programmes broadcast between 1:00 in the morning and 23:30 at night local time. Mass is celebrated at the start of the schedule, as well as at mid morning, in the joy and rejoicing of belief in God, and accompanied by a sermon from His Excellency the Bishop in the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon. The broadcasts are varied, covering news from the Vatican and reports on His Holiness the Pope’s latest activities and speeches, as well as teachings about the path of holiness and the shepherd’s good news of brotherly love and forgiveness.

Nabaa TV

Nabaa TV is an Arabic language channel available as a free to view station for those with access to the Hot Bird satellite service. Essential viewing for those interested in the current affairs and political developments unfolding in Saudi Arabia, Nabaa TV provides viewers a first-class selection of current affairs and news broadcasts that’ll help fill the void. This television station is firmly behind the nation and its ambitions to remain on the world stage, bringing viewers insights and updates on all manner of news unfolding across the kingdom, while also providing commentary on other developments from across the Arab world. Providing news on a national and regional scale, Nabaa TV reflects the interests and concerns of citizens, while also giving viewers a chance to keep updated on Saudi affairs in an international context. Political and geo-strategic issues are at the forefront of programming, although the broadcast schedule also provides more varied in sights into Saudi culture and socio-economic life throughout the Middle East and behind.
In order to fulfill its ambitions as a premier news service, Nabaa TV utilises a team of experienced journalists and correspondents established throughout the region. Viewers can keep updated on new policies emerging in the Arab world, with up-to-the-minute news updates and comprehensive updates broadcast several times a day. In addition to this, major political events and unfolding developments on a national scale are given plenty of focus, with complete coverage of all the important details, as well as special editions of programming with expert commentators and correspondents to deliver first-rate coverage.

Miracle Channel

The Miracle Channel is Canada’s first Christian television station, and has been broadcasting religious themed shows since being founded in 1996. Funded largely by donations from the faithful, it has been ably led by Pastor Leon Fontaine since 2001. The current schedule offers numerous sermons and talk shows, as well as documentaries, movies, news and children’s programs. “”Something for everyone”” accurately summarises the philosophy of the chain, which bases its appeal on the variety of its programming, and seeks to bring Christ into the living room of every family. It provides its viewers with plenty of moral and spiritual guidance, helping to support them as they face the hazards and hardships of their lives. This includes inspirational interviews with influential personalities, who communicate their Christian values, and offer encouraging examples for believers to follow. You can also listen to various star preachers like Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince or Bobby Schuller, all of whom have made it their life’s mission to lead the faithful on the path to a full and rich life in the Christian faith. They seek to form their viewers into a family of believers, offering them a real community to be part of, even if they are thousands of miles apart. They also encourage viewers to help others through missions. The Miracle Channel seeks to pursue a dynamic, modern and relaxed approach to faith, even injecting a little humour and music into their shows. It incorporates programs that have been proven successes in the United States, as “”Praise the Lord”” or “”Joyce Meyer’s Enjoying Everyday Life””.

Mekameleen TV

A relatively recent addition to the Egyptian media landscape, Mekameleen TV is a general interest television station that broadcasts most of its programmes in Arabic. The station’s name can be literally translated from the Arabic to “We will continue” and although it has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the channel is apolitical. From its studios in the centre of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the station continues to develop a wide variety of programmes that it produces and/or broadcasts via satellite. Mekameleen TV viewers can learn, and have fun. Although primarily aimed at a young audience, the content offered by the channel will appeal to viewers of any background or age group.

Mekameleen TV covers current Egyptian news including politics, culture, economics and sports through multiple newsletters that it broadcasts throughout the day. It also covers regional and international news to a lesser extent. In addition, the television channel offers programmes, reports, and documentaries that delve into the reality of Egyptian life today. These programmes are intended to reflect Egyptian society accurately and impartially. The culture, history, art, and architecture of one of the world’s oldest civilisations is also covered by educational and entertaining programmes. The dynamic and enterprising aspects of contemporary Egypt are also highlighted. The Mekameleen TV satellite channel mainly broadcasts films and television series that are made by local production companies; ideal for fun family evenings or moments of escapism, and like all Mekameleen TV programmes, they are available free thanks to the Hotbird satellite.

KTV 1

With her sister channels KTV2, KTV Sport, Al Araby and Ethra’s Channel, KTV 1 is part of the national network of TV stations managed by the public company Kuwait Television. Available on the Hot Bird satellite system, this free to view channel broadcasts in Arabic. From its inception in 1992, KTV 1’s mission has been to be a public service channel for those who want to keep in touch with the day to day realities of modern Kuwait. This ambition resulted in it being broadcast on satellite so as to reach the widest possible audience. In 1997, the channel already covered North America, and this process of internationalization has continued to the point where today, whether you are in Europe, the Middle East or North Africa, you can access KTV 1 with just a few clicks of your remote.

If you have traveled in Kuwait and been impressed by its quality of life, you’re bound to enjoy KTV 1’s schedule of lively TV shows, made with the double aim of informing and entertaining. Formats are constantly updated, while maintaining a style that balances professionalism and experience, youth and freshness. On this free channel, you will find an array of sparkling entertainment shows each as appealing as the next – programmes focused on culture, religion and a whole variety of topics. News reports, documentaries, cartoons and TV dramas in Arabic all play a part in the schedules, as does coverage of key events in the country’s political life.

Jordan TV

Jordan TV is a service operated by the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV), the national broadcaster of Jordan, created in 1985 from the merger of the state radio and television networks. The mission of the Jordan TV channel is to provide quality television programmes throughout Jordanian territory.
The goals of Jordan TV have been stated as promoting dialogue and opinions, spreading Jordan’s message across the world and covering current events in a way that is independent, transparent and neutral while affirming the broadcaster’s loyalty to the King of Jordan. The channel was broadcast for the first time in 1968, becoming a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union two years later. In 1972, Jordan TV became the first broadcaster in the region to launch a second channel, Channel 2, specialising in the transmission of foreign programmes, including news presentations in English. Later in the decade it began broadcasting French news bulletins and programmes. The year 1993 saw the launch of the Jordan Satellite Channel, and five years later the broadcaster introduced a third channel devoted to televising parliamentary sessions and sports shows featuring both local and international events.
In 2001, the company experienced a broad restructuring that saw the first channels merged into a single unit. Channel 2 specialises in sports broadcasting, while Channel 3 was developed in cooperation with the private sector, dividing its programs between the ‘Cartoon Channel’ for kids in the morning and afternoon and the ‘Jordan Movie Channel’ in the evening.

IFilm (Arabic)

IFilm Arabic is an Arabic television channel, which is part of an Iranian entertainment network consisting of two other channels. Each of these channels is available in its own specific language; either Arabic, English or Persian. IFilm Arabic was first broadcast in 2010. The network of programmes on the channel primarily focuses on broadcasting films and Iranian series suitable for all age groups. It does however also show a certain number of foreign films. Currently managing the channel is Mohammad Reza Hatami. IFilm Arabic broadcasts its programmes non-stop 7 days a week, with 8-hourly blocks of programme time, repeated twice in a 24 hour period. The channel is mainly directed at offering entertainment to the wider public. Viewers can for example, watch series, live game shows, documentaries about behind-the-scenes on films, and reports orientated around Iran as a country. Having earned its place in the world of cinema, particularly in Iran, IFilm Arabic offers viewers sneak previews and reports on current films, or films coming up soon. The channel mainly targets film lovers who are curious to find out about the making of films in their countries. One of the most popular programmes on IFilm Arabic is without doubt the 2013 Yadavari series, which has until now, seen unbeatable success.

I24 News (Arabic)

A French-Israeli television news channel that continually broadcasts rolling news events, i24 News Arabic is aimed primarily at Arabic speaking peoples and all the inhabitants of the Middle East. Based in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv in Israel and being an essential part of the i24 News service that transmits its programmes in English and French, the news channel i24 News Arabic broadcasts its programs exclusively in the Arabic tongue. Sport, entertainment and culture are also presented on the programmes of i24 News Arabic.
As i24 News Arabic is aimed at a very specific target audience, the channel primarily covers the Israeli news and that of the Middle East. However, as it also deals with international news in general, i24 is comprised of 150 journalists from 35 different nations. Broadcasting its programmes continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it benefits from the location of its Israeli headquarters, which allows it to be closer to that country’s news and its region. Broadcasting exclusively in Arabic, the channel aims to be accessible to a wide audience of over 250 million viewers.
The i24 News Arabic channel was founded in 2013 and is owned by the Altice media group. Launched by the Franco-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi, the channel can justifiably claim to be a credible and authoritative alternative to the popular Al-Jazeera.
To expand its audience and be accessible to the greatest number, i24 News Arabic broadcasts throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean via the Hotbird satellites.