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ARY Digital HD
ARY ڈیجیٹل HD
ARY Digital logo since May 2009
Broadcast area
NetworkARY Digital Network
HeadquartersKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Picture format16:9
(4:3 576i SDTV) 720p (2000–2021)
(720p HDTV 16:9) (2021–present)
Sister channelsARY Digital HD
ARY Digital UK
ARY News
A Sports
ARY Musik
ARY Zindagi
ARY Nick
ARY Zauq
ATN Urdu
ARY Arabia
Launched16 September 2000; 23 years ago (2000-09-16)
Former namesThe Pakistani Channel
Zuku TV (Kenya)Channel 939
Streaming media
ARY Digital LiveWatch Live

ARY Digital HD (Urdu: ARY ڈیجیٹل) is a Pakistani television network available in Pakistan. ARY Digital was founded by a Dubai-based holding company Pakistani businessman, Abdul Razzak Yaqoob (ARY). The network is focused towards on Pakistani entertainment dramas, sitcoms, talk shows, web series and culture.

The channel broadcasts on cable and satellite networks, linear television as well as streaming platforms including YouTube Channel and ARY ZAP.


ARY Digital, formerly known as The Pakistani Channel, was launched in the United Kingdom on 16th September 2000 to cater to the Pakistani community living in the region.[citation needed] It uses Samacom, an uplink provider based in the UAE, as the uplink teleport station.[1] The channel started off with a format similar to PTV Prime and other South Asian channels where it provided slots for soap operas in general while presenting an hourly slot for news headlines. Although flaming political talk shows and dramas were the main priority when it came to programming, the network soon was hailed for its news coverage.[2]

The network acquired a license to start broadcasting in Pakistan.[3]

In 2002, the ARY Star Gold Quiz Show became the first live show to offer a prize of one kilogram of gold. For the period of its broadcast, participants won over 260 kilograms of gold.[3] In 2005, the network obtained the rights to show Live 8 on its sister music channel, The Musik. The channel also held rights to the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire franchise for Pakistan.[citation needed]

former logo (2000–2009)

On 18 October 2007, most of the ARY news team, covering former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's arrival from exile, were killed by one of two explosions. Pictures of the victims were shown live on the news hour and prayers were observed. Bhutto was later escorted safely to an official government house.[citation needed]

SD Feed Closure[edit]

Since July 2021, ARY Digital has been only available in high-definition. The standard definition (SD) broadcast was shutdown 15 August 2021.[citation needed]

Specialized programming[edit]

By 2003, ARY Digital had started up three sister ventures apart from the flagship channel ARY Digital, channels targeting generalized programming. They include ARY News, a news channel; ARY Musik, a youth-oriented music channel, and ARY Qtv, an Islamic network.[4]



In 2003, ARY Digital was criticised upon its airing of a prisoner's derogatory comments against the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC-3) and a video showing balded young girls behind bars begging for mercy. The contempt of court proceedings against the officials of the network were withdrawn after the judge accepted unconditional apologies.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Teleport". Samacom. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Case Study: Pakistan and its Media". PakAffairs.com. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b "ARY Group Profile" (PDF). ARY Digital Europe. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  4. ^ "ARY Digital Archives". ARY Digital. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ "KARACHI: Contempt proceedings withdrawn against ARY". DAWN Newspaper. Retrieved 12 May 2008.

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