|Launched||26 October 2008|
|Owned by||Middle East Broadcasting Center|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||Love movies. Love Max.|
|Broadcast area||Middle East and North Africa|
|Headquarters||United Arab Emirates|
|Sister channel(s)||MBC 1|
MBC MASR 2
(Persian Gulf & Levant)
|beIN (MENA)||Channel 67 (SD)|
|MT Box (Morocco)||Channel 86 (SD)|
|YouTube||Watch online (SD)|
MBC Max HD was launched on July 1, 2011.
The channel was launched as a test broadcast on 22 October 2008, and during that time it simply showed its own promotional TV ad in a loop. The channel was officially launched on 26 October at 7:00 pm U.A.E. time. Its first film was Spider-Man.
Differences between MBC 2, MBC 3 and MBC Max
As mentioned earlier, MBC Max shows films with milder content than MBC 2, which means MBC Max may not show horror films and other related genres. The channel does not show any film that contains extreme forms of violence. MBC Max even has slightly more censorship than MBC 2, but mostly with the audio simply to remove the majority of a certain film's bad language, as well as bigger cuts of other censored and sexual scenes.
MBC Max also features MBC 3 prints of animated and family films, always broadcasting in the middle of the afternoon U.A.E. time, as these films feature the same MBC 3-based, higher-level censorship. (This only applies to films that were originally on MBC 3, as the animated and family films that premiered on MBC Max did not feature such censorship, even though many of those films later appeared on MBC 3, unsurprisingly featuring censorship.)
Despite MBC Max's reputation for broadcasting mild films, it does however broadcast certain R-rated films, such as dramas and comedies like Me, Myself & Irene, albeit the audio was heavily edited since the film contained strong language. It is only important that films do not feature extreme visual violence, and sexual themes are mostly censored anyway. This limit, however, is lifted in MBC Max's new dubbed films package.
Additionally, MBC Max broadcasts classical films more often than MBC 2, since the majority of Hollywood films from the 1960s and before are considered mild by today's standards.
Occasionally, MBC Max would broadcast special film packages giving it a greater specialty value than its sister channel MBC 2.
- Celebrity Style Story – The evolution of a celebrity's style is chronicled in this series.
- Young Hollywood's Greatest...
- Entertainment Tonight
Logos and indents
- Official website for MBC Max