Cartoon Network Arabic
|Cartoon Network Arabic|
|Launched||October 10, 2010|
|Closed||January 1, 2016 (+2 version)|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner, Inc.)|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i SDTV)
16:9 (1080i HDTV)
|Slogan||"هل أنت CN ما نقوله؟"
("Are You CN What We're Sayin'?")
|Broadcast area||Middle East and North Africa|
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom/Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates
|Formerly called||Cartoon Network بالعربية|
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network MEA
Cartoon Network Hindi
Turner Classic Movies
|Timeshift service||Cartoon Network Arabic +2 (defunct as of 2016)|
|Nilesat||12417 H - 27500 - 3/4 (SD variant)|
|Arabsat BADR6||11747 V - 27500 - 3/4 (SD variant)|
|yahsat||11996 V - 27500 - 8/9 (encrypted)|
|Humax||Channel 13 (encrypted)|
|Etisalat's eLife TV||Channel 306 (SD variant)|
|beIN Network||Channel 138 (HD variant)|
Cartoon Network Arabic (Arabic: بالعربية Cartoon Network) is a free-to-air children's channel that is broadcast for a pan-Arabian audience in the Middle Eastern and North African region, and it is the official Arabic edition of the U.S.-based Cartoon Network channel. The channel was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 am GST. 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 standard channel broadcasts via Arabsat Badr 6, Nilesat and beIN Network. Cartoon Network Arabic is considered a free alternative to the subscription-based Cartoon Network channel and is a free version of the English channel offered in the Middle East and North Africa exclusively via beIN Network (formerly via Orbit Showtime Network until January 2016), despite the varying differences in programming and available languages. However, a for-pay HD variant of the channel has since launched in March 2012.
The channel got the new Check it 3.0 look on 6 October 2014.
Animated programs aired included original Cartoon Network Studios productions like Regular Show, Steven Universe, The Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Ben 10: Omniverse (2012), Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball (2011) and We Bare Bears; as well as programs produced by other studios (Like Hasbro Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, etc.) .
Currently, the channel is only available in Arabic, with no possible methods of switching audio languages to English or any other language or subtitles. This is due to the fact the channel uses prints as distributed by the respective shows' Arabic dubbing studios. The channel broadcasts a line of Cartoon Network's own shows dubbed from English. The line up of shows is not up-to-date with the original English channel. Cartoon Network Arabic may also offer other, more-localised shows via various partnership deals with the production of local programs like Skatoony and Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge (Middle Eastern adaptation), and airs 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, Tareq Wa Shireen). Since the channel is free-to-air, it feature exaggerated 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 the first month of the year 1434 (or formally January 2013) the channel initiated the signature Cartoon Network Cinema block to represent its films, albeit during the weekends (as per the U.A.E.). The following had aired so far:
- Ben 10: Alien Swarm - premiered November 7, 2011
- Ben 10: Race Against Time - premiered November 5, 2011
- Firebreather - premiered December 22, 2011
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Destination: Imagination - premiered November 6, 2011
- Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace - premiered December 12, 2011
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. However, the block was largely phased out in 2014 for unknown reasons.
Cartoon Network Arabic HD
On March 2012, the channel became available in true high-definition via the YahLive service. In December 2015, Turner Broadcasting System entered an exclusivity deal with the Qatar-based beIN Media Group, and the channel's HD version was moved to be exclusively part of the latter's beIN Network service, alongside the English Cartoon Network and other Turner-owned channels, as of January 1, 2016. This consequently removed Cartoon Network and other Turner-owned channels from OSN's broadcast services, albeit subscribers to Emirati telecoms Etisalat and du's respective pay TV services in the U.A.E. were virtually unaffected. However, due to their direct relations with Turner, Etisalat and du will continue to offer these channels to subscribers for a free three-month period.
Cartoon Network Arabic +2
A two-hour timeshift channel variant launched on June 30, 2014 via the My HD pay TV network. It was terminated on January 2016 as a consequence to Turner Broadcasting System's deal with beIN Media Group.
Cartoon Network Hindi
On April 1, 2016, Qatar-based beIN Media Group, in association with Turner Broadcasting System Europe, launched Cartoon Network Hindi exclusively via beIN Network. Cartoon Network Hindi is aimed to provide programming to most Indian expatriates in Middle Eastern/North African countries outside of India, and is unrelated to India's local Cartoon Network channel. As the name implies, the channel is only available in Hindi, which is akin to the MENA's own pan-aired channel.
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