MBC 1 (Middle East and North Africa)
|Headquarters||Dubai Media City|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Owner||Middle East Broadcasting Center|
|Sister channels||MBC 2|
|Launched||18 September 1991|
|Mozaic TV (Qatar)||Channel 401|
|Numericable (France)||Channel 628 (SD)|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 781|
|Illico Télé Numérique (Canada)||Channel 272 (SD)|
|Kabel BW (Germany)||Channel 463 (SD)|
|Wilhelm Tel (Germany)||S3 (SD)|
|UPC Nederland (Netherlands)||Channel 496 (SD)|
|Arabsat||11270 - V - 27500 - 5/6|
|Yahsat||11900 - H - 27500 - 5/6|
|beIN (MENA)||Channel 254 (SD)|
|Maroc Telecom (Morocco)||Channel 72 (SD)|
|Freebox TV (France)||Channel 673 (SD)|
|SFR TV (France)||Channel 528 (SD)|
|TV d'Orange (France)||Channel 494 (SD)|
|Bbox TV (France)||Channel 651 (SD)|
|Shahid (Arab League)||Watch online (HD)|
|YouTube||Watch online (SD)|
MBC 1 is a free-to-air pan-Arab general television channel. Satellite transmission started from London in September 1991, making MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) the first independent Arabic satellite TV station, with an estimated audience of more than 130 million Arab people around the world. MBC has recently moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, bringing the production process closer to its Arab viewers.
One of its most popular, widely known and controversial shows, and the one generating the highest advertising rates, is Kalam Nawaem, a show led by several women that addresses many types of (women's) issues and taboos, including terrorism, domestic violence, polygamy, divorce and women's suffrage.
MBC1 HD launched on 1 July 2011.
From 24 March to 22 June 2020, following the COVID-19 pandemic, MBC 1 used a logo with a house displayed on-screen.
MBC 1 rebranded in 2012 to bring a new set of idents, idents are now 9 seconds long, unlike 2009's rebrand, which had 20 seconds long idents. In this rebrand, there are menus and bumpers (idents), the menus are used for next tags, which have continuity announcers, bumpers are used to "split" between breaks and programmes, and are used at the end of any programme. Focusing on a "cube-ish" theme, the channel has a simple look, but rather stylish.
- Official website (in English)