Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International

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MTA International
MTA International.PNG
Launched31 January 1992 (as Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation)
7 January 1994 (as MTA International)
Owned byAl Shirkatul-Islamiyyah[1]
Picture format576i, 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i, 4:3[2](HDTV)
1080i, 16:9 (HDTV)
SloganReaching the Corners of the Earth
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageArabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Hausa, Indonesian, Malayalam, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Yoruba
Broadcast areaGlobal
AffiliatesAhmadiyya Muslim Community
HeadquartersFazl Mosque,
United Kingdom
Formerly calledMuslim Television Ahmadiyya
Sister channel(s)MTA1 Al-Awla
MTA2 At-Thania
MTA3 Al-Arabiyyah
MTA Africa 1
MTA Africa 2
MTA German Service
MTA 1+3
Websitemta.tv

mta-tv.de

Islam-television.com

Muslim-television.com

Qadianstream.in
Availability
Terrestrial
RBN Network
Suriname
Channel 5.3 - MTA1
Satellite
MTA1 (International)AsiaSat 7
Astra 2G
EutelSat 3B
EutelSat 70B
Galaxy 19
Hipasat 30W-5
SES 4
MTA2 (Europe)Eutelsat Hotbird 13C
MTA3 (MENA)Eutelsat 7 West A
Eutelsat HotBird 13B
Galaxy 19
Palapa-D
MTA AfricaAstra 2F
Hotbird 13B
SES 5
MTA 1+3[3](North America)Galaxy 19
Streaming media
WebsiteMTA International

MTA German Studios

MTA Indian Languages
YouTubemtaOnline1 Live

MTAGermanService Live

MTA Indonesia

MTA International (formerly known as Muslim Television Ahmadiyya or MTA) is a globally-broadcasting, nonprofit satellite television network and a division of Al Shirkatul-Islamiyyah[1] which consists of 4 international channels that are run and funded entirely from donations by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

History[edit]

Launch[edit]

The first channel to be launched by the MTA network was AMP or Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation on 31 January 1992 and was established by Mirza Tahir Ahmad (fourth Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community). It started off with weekly transmissions broadcasting the Friday Sermon and later on 7 January 1994, AMP was rebranded to MTA1 Al-Awla and started broadcasting 24/7, becoming the first TV channel to broadcast Islamic programmes globally and soon on 1 April 1996, it began its 24-Hour service to become the first 24-hour, commercial-free television station. It has remained a non-profit and commercial-free station and the main source of funding is the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Members[edit]

The majority of its workers are volunteers with just a small percentage of paid full-time staff. Out of the 300 staff members that work in MTA’s London offices, 90% are volunteers who happily dedicate their time to assist in the running of the network.

Channels & Region[edit]

Currently there are four free-to-air and subscription-free Channels and one online channel which are part of the MTA network: MTA1, MTA2, MTA3 and MTA Africa 1.

MTA1 broadcasts internationally. In 2004 MTA2 was launched to specialise in European languages and so is solely broadcast across Europe and small parts of the Middle East. MTA3 was launched in 2007 as a purely Arabic language channel which broadcasts across the Middle East, North Africa and North America. A Teleport system is also functioning in the USA to transmit MTA1+3 (which is normal MTA1 with a 3 hour delay) and MTA Infocast for the benefit of MTA’s viewers in North America. MTA Africa 1 is a newly-launched channel specially for the African Viewers and broadcasts mainly in Africa and Western Europe.

Programmes & Audience[edit]

Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International is the main source of media for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and also aims to spread the message of Islam around the world. Some of the key programs broadcast include the Friday Sermon by the current Ahmadiyya Caliphate, educational and cultural programs, world news, and a various Talk Shows. These can be watched on TV as well as through smartphone apps for Android, iOS and Nokia.

Due to the worldwide audience, a number of programs are simultaneously translated into different languages such as English, German, Bengali, French, Urdu and others. An example of this is the program Friday Sermon which is translated live simultaneously in at least 8 languages including Arabic, Swahili and Indonesian. This is later translated into more languages like Russian and Spanish etc. All together there can be 16 translations (more or less) per sermon.

Online Media Services[edit]

MTA has introduced a number of apps for the benefit of their viewers across a variety of platforms on all devices such as TV, Phone, Tablets, Desktops etc. The network also makes use of social media to live stream their channels on websites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as YouTube to broadcast all 4 channels, live.

In addition, as MTA International operates globally and in many different countries, many countries (where Ahmadiyya may have a significant or even minor presence) have their own official MTA YouTube channel for their specific region or language, which allows them to stream regional events that may not be broadcast on MTA but may be streamed on YouTube such as Jalsa Salana Canada was streamed on the YouTube channel MTA Canada, as well as this, it allows specific countries to stream live translations for key programmes such as the Friday Sermon.

There are also applications for mobile and personal devices on a variety of platform such as Roku TV, Apple TV, Android and iOS. On 2nd of August (at Jalsa Salana UK 2019), a range of MTA applications were launched for Smart TV brands such as Samsung, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Panasonic, LG, Sony and Philips.

These applications may also used to bypass restriction made in place against Ahmadis in countries such as Pakistan, where Ahmadis in such locations wish to watch and access Ahmadiyya material however are unable to as such material is censored.[4]

National Studios[edit]

In most countries throughout the world in which there is a presence of the Ahmadiyya Community there is often a national MTA Studio. For example, MTA International USA Studios,[5] MTA International Canada Studios,[6] MTA International German Studios,[7][8] MTA International Nigeria Studios,[9] MTA International Ghana Studios, MTA International UK Studios etc. The primary and main MTA Studios is based in London, MTA International Studios.[10]

The headquarters and UK studios of MTA International were located at Fazl Mosque, London when it was launched and are now located inside two larger studios built within the site of the Baitul Futuh Mosque Complex in South London, United Kingdom.

Photos[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.mta.tv/term-of-use
  2. ^ MTAGermanService Only
  3. ^ https://www.amjinternational.org/activities/mta/
    MTA 1 with a 3 hour delay.
  4. ^ https://tribune.com.pk/story/404509/pta-bans-official-ahmadi-website-report
  5. ^ "MTA USA (@NationalMTAUSA) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "MTA International, Canada Studios - Live Stream". mtacanada.tv. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ "MTA International German Studios | Muslim Television Ahmadiyya". www.mta-tv.de. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  8. ^ "MTA German Studios (@mtatvdeGlobal) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  9. ^ "MTA German Studios (@mtatvdeGlobal) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  10. ^ "MTA (@muslimtv) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.

References[edit]

Khan, M. (2003). Muslim Television Ahmadiyya. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from http://www.alislam.org/library/periodicals/tariq-uk/chapter6.pdf