Arab Radio and Television Network

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

Arab Radio and Television Network
Founded1993; 28 years ago (1993)
HeadquartersJeddah, Saudi Arabia and Cairo, Egypt
ProductsDirect-broadcast satellite
Verizon VisionChannel 1601-1610
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)
Malaysia NJOIChannel 129 (ART Variety) (Starting 9 December 2021)
Alberta Belt TelevisionChannel 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)

History and profileEdit

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, Al Jazeera Sport purchased all of ART's sport channels which had the license to broadcast FIFA World Cup matches. This decision sparked uproar in Arab world.[citation needed][tone] Later that year, ART also sold most of its remaining entertainment channels to OSN.

ART channels listEdit

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: Arabic series channel during Ramadan
  • 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 channelsEdit

ART branded channels
  • ART Eye
  • ART Sport 1-6
  • ART Prime Sport
  • ART1
  • ART2
  • ART3
  • ART4
  • ART5
  • ART Children
  • ART Music
  • ART Monasabat
  • ART Shopping
  • ART Hekayat Zaman
  • ART Teenz
  • ART Al-Talimiyah
  • ART Open University
  • Ayen Al-Awail
  • ART Travel
  • ART Movie World
Distributed channels

See alsoEdit


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

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