Arab FTA Sat TV channels grew by 19% in 2011

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 
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The number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World increased by 19.3% between April 2011 and March 2012 to reach 642 channels (fully operational channels reached 565). Arab Advisors Group research revealed that the highest percentage of the analyzed FTA satellite channels were privately owned general channels. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, host the highest number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World.

The number of Free to Air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab region continues to grow. The FTA landscape had a major growth of 542% in the number of FTA satellite channels between January 2004 and March 2012. Based on Arab Advisors Group research, by March 2012, the total number of distinct FTA satellite channels reached 642 channels, an increase of 19.3% over the number of channels recorded in April 2011. The number of the fully launched and operational channels; excluding channels in the test transmission phase, reached 565, up from 501 in April 2011.

A new report, “Satellite TV in the Arab World 2012” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on April 18, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The 87-page report, which has 27 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the FTA satellite channels targeting the Arab region as of March 2012. The channels are analyzed according to their type, broadcast language, headquarters (main offices), ownership (state owned, private or mixed ownership) and satellite carriers. Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report’s Table of Contents.

“In line with the liberalization of the audio visual sectors in the region, the number of private satellite channels exceeds the number of government owned channels. Around three quarters of the operational FTA satellite channels are privately owned.” Ms. Dalia Haddad, Arab Advisors Research Analyst, commented. “In terms of the types of channels, General-Private Sector channels constitute around a fifth of the operational FTA satellite channels followed by the General-Government Sector”. Ms. Haddad added.

“A plurality of FTA channels is headquartered in Egypt which hosts 21.6% of the fully launched and operational FTA channels. Saudi Arabia and the UAE follow with percentages of 14.0% and 13.3%, respectively” Ms. Hind Qweider, Arab Advisors Research Analyst, said.