Cartoon Network Arabic
|Cartoon Network Arabic|
|Launched||10 October 2010|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner, Inc.)|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i, HDTV)|
|Broadcast area||Middle East, Northern Africa|
|Headquarters||United Arab Emirates|
|Nilesat||12417 H - 27500 - 3/4|
|Arabsat BADR6||11727 H - 27500 - 3/4|
|Yahsat 1A||11996 V - 27500 - 8/9 HD|
Cartoon Network Arabic (Arabic: Cartoon Network بالعربية) is a free-to-air children's channel that is broadcast for a pan-Arabian audience in the MENA region, and it is the official Arabic edition of Cartoon Network. The channel was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 am U.A.E. time. The channel's launch coincides with the opening of Turner Broadcasting System's new offices in Dubai Media City, U.A.E., the channel's local owner. A Middle Eastern branch of Time Warner.
The channel broadcasts via Arabsat Badr 6 and Nilesat. Cartoon Network Arabic is considered a free alternative to the subscription-based Cartoon Network channel offered in the Middle East via Orbit Showtime Network, despite the varying differences in programming and available languages.
Main article: List of programs broadcast by Cartoon Network Arabic
Animated programs aired included original Cartoon Network Studios productions like Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and Codename: Kids Next Door; as well as programs produced by other studios, such as Ed, Edd n Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog. It also has original live-action series like Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge (Middle Eastern adaptation). And it's got a selection of modern day cartoons such as Adventure Time
And the production of local programs like Skatoony and Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge (Middle Eastern adaptation), more-localised shows via various partnership deals with Arab production companies, such as Dubai-based Lammtara Pictures (Freej) or Jordan-based Rubicon Group Holding (Ben & Izzy). Since the channel is free-to-air, it may feature some censorship cuts like most Arab television channels.
Beginning from the holiday week of Eid al-Adha in the year 1432 Hijri (or formally November 5, 2011), Cartoon Network Arabic began to occasionally air a selection of dubbed Cartoon Network made-for-TV films and specials at random dates. However, it was not until January 2013 the channel initiated the signature Cartoon Network Cinema block to represent its films.
Turner Broadcasting System Europe had announced it would rollout its UK-based preschoolers' channel Cartoonito across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing the brand's distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories. On Cartoon Network Arabic, Cartoonito was launched as a morning block that is broadcast for seven days a week, starting from September 4, 2011.
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- Official website (Arabic)