Arab Radio and Television Network

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Arab Radio and Television Network
Founded1993; 27 years ago (1993)
Defunct2012 (Merged With OSN)
HeadquartersJeddah, Saudi Arabia and Cairo, Egypt
ProductsDirect-broadcast satellite
Canada Rogers CableChannel 874 (ART America)
Quebec Illico Télé NumériqueChannel 254 (ART America)
France Numericable
  • Channel 637 (Iqraa)
  • Channel 638 (Iqraa International)
  • Channel 640 (ART Aflam 1)
  • Channel 641 (ART Hekayat)
  • Channel 646 (ART Aflam 2)
  • Channel 647 (ART Hekayat 2)
  • Channel 648 (ART Cinema)
Middle East and North Africa OSN
  • Channel 127 (ART Hekayat, SD)
  • Channel 129 (ART Hekayat 2, SD)
  • Channel 131 (ART Aflam 1, SD)
  • Channel 133 (ART Aflam 2, SD)
  • Channel 135 (ART Cinema, SD)
United Kingdom Sky
  • Channel 742 (Iqraa)
  • Channel 778 (Iqraa Bangla)
Malaysia AstroChannel 129 (ART Variety)
Brunei Kristal-AstroChannel 129 (ART Variety)
Alberta Belt TelevisonChannel 23 (ART and ART1)
France Freebox TV
  • Channel 572 (ART Cinema)
  • Channel 573 (ART Aflam 1)
  • Channel 574 (ART Hekayat)
  • Channel 575 (Iqraa)
  • Channel 576 (ART Aflam 2)
  • Channel 580 (ART Hekayat 2)
  • Channel 664 (Iqraa International)

Arab Radio and Television Network (acronym: ART) was an Arabic-language television network characterized by its multitude of channels. It is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

History and profile[edit]

ART was founded in October 1993 by Saleh Abdullah Kamel, a Saudi businessman and is a private company specializing in family entertainment, including movies, music and sport.[1]

ART is common in Saudi Arabia for its exclusive sports event broadcasts, particularly the Saudi Leagues. ART lost a significant amount of its audience share after the launch of many similar free-to-air channels like Rotana Channels, which is owned by Al-Waleed bin Talal. ART produces over 6,000 live and recorded shows every year including family-oriented dramas, series, plays, sports programs, music videos and documentaries. The network has the largest Arabic movie library in the Middle East and (as part of the AMC conglomerate) has been associated with leading film production studios in the Arab world for well over 30 years.

ART is broadcasting via the Arabsat, Nilesat and Hot Bird satellites. Most ART Channels are encrypted using Irdeto 2 Encryption. ART's technical broadcast facilities are based in Jordan Media City in Amman, Jordan.

In 2009, beIN Sports purchased all of ART's sport channels which had the license to broadcast FIFA World Cup matches. This decision sparked uproar in Arab world. Later that year, ART also sold most of its remaining entertainment channels to OSN, announcing the death of the ART network.

ART channels list[edit]

Arab Radio and TV Network consists of the following channels:

  • ART Aflam 1: Arabic movie channel one
  • ART Aflam 2: Arabic movie channel two
  • ART Cinema: Arabic movie channel
  • ART Hekayat : Arabic series channel
  • ART Hekayat 2: Arabic series channel two
  • ART Hekayat Kaman HD: Arabic series channel during this Ramadan Kareem in HD
  • Iqraa: Arabic Islamic channel
  • ART Movies: Arabic movie channel, broadcast in North America and Australia
  • ART Variety: General entertainment channel, broadcast in Asia Pacific
  • ART America: General entertainment channel, broadcast in North America
  • ART (ART Cable in USA)
  • ART Tarab: Arabic classic music and arabic opera channel, broadcast in North America and Australia
  • Iqraa International: Non-arabic speaking Islamic channel (English and French)
  • Iqra Bangla: UK-based, Bengali Islamic channel
  • ART Music Radio
  • Dhikr Radio for the Holy Quran

Former channels[edit]

ART branded channels
  • ART Eye
  • ART Sports 1-6
  • ART Prime Sport
  • ART1
  • ART2
  • ART3: Kids (8 A.M. to 8 P.M. KSA time)
  • ART4: Movies
  • ART5: First Free-To-Air Arab Music Channel
  • ART Music
  • ART Monasabat
  • ART Shopping
  • ART Hekayat Zaman: Arabic series channel
  • ART Teenz: For Kids and Teenagers
  • ART Al-Talimiyah: Educational Channel
  • ART Open University
  • Ayen Al-Awail
  • ART Tarab
  • ART Travel: Only during Summer
  • ART Movie World
Distributed channels

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cochrane, Paul (Fall 2007). "Saudi Arabia's Media Influence". Arab Media and Society (3). Retrieved 5 September 2014.

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