MBC 4 is a free-to-air television channel targeted towards general women-oriented women and teenagers entertainment. It is owned by MBC Group. Subtitled in Arabic language, The channel also broadcasts MBC 4 shows, all subtitled in-house in Arabic, such as Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, Lassie, The Latest Buzz, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Sparticle Mystery, Holly's Heroes and the Power Rangers as well as both live action and animated feature films also with Arabic subtitles. The Channel also airs family shows and Family movies for younger audiences as well as the adult audiences and many others. MBC 4 also features live-action and animated feature films that are either aired with Arabic subtitles. the channel focuses on wide variety aspects of television shows. In addition, it also broadcasts news segments every day. mainly focuses on streaming gender-specific entertainment programs, i.e., entertainment programs especially for women. Its programming is composed primarily of lifestyle and entertainment shows targeted to upscale women. MBC 4 more tends to Arab women, latest entertainment news including celebrity, music, TV Grammy Awards and more. entertainment news and videos for the latest movie, music, TV and celebrity headlines, celebrities' red carpet looks from the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, entertainment news, behind the scences, filmmaking, filmmaker, director, spotlight, on-set, lifestyle, glamour, entertainment programs like - general entertainment, drama, diversified female programs, films, music, comedy, reality shows, talk shows, K-dramas, Turkish and Latin dramas dubbed in Arabic, Western dramas, Hollywood television series and movies as well as infotainment shows.[3][4][5] It was launched on 1 February 2005 at 5:00 P.M. (GMT). Middle Eastern version of the American CBS Channel, launched in 2005, is the Arab world's first channel geared exclusively toward women and young Arab families. It broadcasts top-rated Western series programming and began a terrestrial area in Doha. Before this channel was launched, all its shows were formerly on Channel 2 specifically for American programs. However, a few years after launching Channel 2, now known as MBC 2, all programs except for the Hollywood movies were separated into MBC 4, so that MBC 2 is now solely a 24-hour film channel. In spite of this separation, MBC 4 did later broadcast its own selection of films. MBC 4 is now broadcasting the popular American television series Days of Our Lives, Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. Unlike its sister channel MBC Action. It is owned by the Saudi Arabian businessman Waleed Al Ibrahim.

MBC 4
Current logo of MBC 4
Broadcast area
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
NetworkMiddle East Broadcasting Center
HeadquartersDubai Media City, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, UAE
Programming
Language(s)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed) - free[1] (requires activation)[2]
free
Timeshift service
  • MBC 4 +1
  • MBC 4 +3
Ownership
OwnerMiddle East Broadcasting Center
Sister channelsMBC 1
MBC 2
MBC 3
MBC 5
MBC Drama
MBC+ Drama
MBC Action
MBC Max
MBC Persia
Al Arabiya
Wanasah
Al Hadath
MBC+ Power
MBC Variety HD
MBC Bollywood
MBC Masr
MBC Masr 2
MBC Iraq
MBC Pro Sports
SSC
History
Launched1 February 2005; 17 years ago (2005-02-01)
Links
Websitewww.mbc.net/mbc4
Availability
Terrestrial
Oqaab
(Afghanistan)
Digital
Channel 22
misc.

MBC 4 only shows Maghrib prayer in some cities, including Qatar.

MBC 4 HD launched on 1 July 2011.

From UKTVEdit

From RTÉ IrelandEdit

From Network Ten AustraliaEdit

From Nine Network AustraliaEdit

From Seven Network AustraliaEdit

EntertainmentEdit

  • Art of Living
  • The Art of Living
  • The Art of Living Gallery
  • The First Step
  • Yogapalooza
  • Hot On The Trail
  • Hot on the Trail With Sunny Savage
  • What's Brewing
  • What Happens Next?
  • What Happens Next
  • Simply Beautiful
  • The Sweet Truth
  • Fed Up
  • Yoga Sutra Now
  • Sports Dads
  • Yoga for Life
  • Yoga for Life with Kurt Johnson
  • Peggy K's Kitchen Cures
  • Nirmala's Spice World
  • The Incurables
  • Fun to Grow On
  • The Lisa Oz Show
  • Chasing the Yum
  • Pilates
  • Pilates from the Inside Out
  • Rock Your Yoga
  • Under the Sun with Nathan LeRoy
  • The Genesis of Healing
  • Dueling Doctors
  • Empty Nesters
  • Good Food America
  • Natural Medicine Saved My Life
  • I Beat the Odds
  • The Juice
  • Myth Defying with Dr. Holly
  • Naturally Beautiful
  • Workout From Within with Jeff Halevy
  • What Would Julieanna Do?
  • Yoga Girls
  • The Vacation Rental Show
  • The Vacation Rental Show with Matt Landau
  • Rachael Ray
  • Dr. Phil
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Citruss TV'
  • Home Shopping
  • World of Shopping
  • Scoop with Raya
  • Celebrity Scoop
  • Entertainment Tonight
  • The Insider
  • Entertainment Tonight and Insider
  • The Doctors
  • The Talk
  • The Dr. Oz Show
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • The Late Show with David Letterman
  • Britain's Got Talent S12
  • Action Zone
  • Box Office Top 5
  • Films & Stars
  • Hollywood Buzz
  • Scoop
  • Scoop Box Office
  • Scoop Network
  • Scoop On Runway
  • Scoop On Set
  • On Set
  • American Idol (season 8)
  • Tricky TV
  • The Most Dangerous Ways to School

Delisted ProgrammingEdit

FilmsEdit

Turkish filmsEdit

Chinese filmsEdit

  • Step Up: Year of the Dance

MiniseriesEdit

List of TV Shows and NewsEdit

EventsEdit

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 7:00 pm GMT, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night In.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 7:00 GMT, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of ===Girls Night In===.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 22:00 KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every night at 23:00 KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night In.

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night In.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every night at 11:00 P.M KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.

Noor the popular Turkish show has moved from MBC4, the show has the biggest number of fans in MBC4.

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night Time.

MBC4 made a huge mistake when they changed the air time of Days of Our Lives from 4:00P.M. to 11:00A.M., the show had so many fans and many of them still hope that the show will return to the original time.

MBC 4 also shows a film every Thursday (as the Girls Only Night Movie) and Friday (as the Friday Night Movie).

MBC 4 also shows a film every Thursday (as the Girls Only Movie Night) and Friday (as the Friday Night Movie).

MBC 4 shows a film every night.

Viewers did not like the idea of showing a movie on MBC4, saying that there is no need to show a movie on MBC4 when there is a very successful movie channel MBC2.

MoviesEdit

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 7:00 pm GMT, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 7:00 GMT, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 22:00 KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

MBC4 shows a movie every night at 23:00 KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

MBC 4 shows a movie every Thursday and Friday.

Thursday: Girls Only Night Movie

Friday: Friday Night Movie

MBC 4 also shows a film every Thursday (as the Girls Only Night Movie) and Friday (as the Friday Night Movie).

MBC 4 airs approximately mostly Hollywood movies, with Arabic subtitles.

MBC4 shows a movie every night at 11:00 P.M KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.

MBC 4 also shows a film every Thursday (as the Girls Only Movie Night) and Friday (as the Friday Night Movie).

MBC 4 shows a film every night.

Viewers did not like the idea of showing a movie on MBC4, saying that there is no need to show a movie on MBC4 when there is a very successful movie channel MBC2.

Overview & ProgrammingEdit

Popular in the region for showing the latest in western entertainment the channel shows everything from science fiction programs such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and Charmed to sitcoms like Friends and Malcolm in The Middle. All of the programs are translated to Arabic with the exception of the news shows which air live. The channel shows everything from Dramedy programs, such as Las Vegas and Alias, to sitcoms like According to Jim and Living With Fran., guest star Ricky Martin took the stage to perform his new songs "Adrenalina" and "Come With Me".

MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus new Arab women); MBC 4 is aimed primarily at Middle Eastern women and offers a broad mixture of US and UK shows, comedy and drama series, as well as The Best in US news magazines, gameshows, magazines, plus news and current affairs programming from the US networks ABC and CBS. in addition to Turkish, Pakistani and Mexican dramas dubbed into Arabic. The Arab world's first exclusive tailored channel for women, MBC 4 broadcasts Western entertainment, airs prime time shows such as Oprah, Dr. Oz, The Doctors Show, House, The Office, American Idol, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance and the popular Turkish Drama series that are dubbed into Arabic. MBC 4 started airing Nick shows including Victorious, iCarly and Drake & Josh. Today, the channel is geared towards through acquisitions. Airs shows for teen such as Even Stevens and Full House offer a broad mixture of shows such as Supernanny, Rachael Ray, American & British comedy and drama series, news and current affairs programming from the US networks ABC & CBS plus gameshows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and magazines like The Insider & Inside Edition. One of the channel's most popular programmes is the talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show and soap operas such as Days of Our Lives as well as a film for each weekend. while others all live action shows are subtitled.[6] Shahid is the largest premium VOD service in the world outside of China, the US, and India.[7]. Extremely popular in the region In addition to showing well-liked television shows. MBC 4 also airs talk shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil. In the morning hours viewers will usually find American news shows such as Up to the Minute and ABC World News Now, as well as World News with Charles Gibson and CBS Evening News.

MBC 4 is also well-know for being the only channel in the Middle East to broadcast Days of Our Lives. The soap has since gained wide popularity in the region. All of the programs are subtitled to Arabic. MBC 4 is now broadcasting the popular American television series Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives .

Unlike its sister channel MBC Action, which attracts young male adults with action and thriller genre, MBC 4 features more dramatic and reality perspectives and attracts women viewership. However, the women viewership trend is disputed in recent transmissions. It is subtitled in Arabic language with exception of news segments. Due to screening wide variety television shows, MBC 4 focuses on reality shows, K-dramas, Turkish and Latin dramas dubbed in Arabic, Western dramas, and infotainment shows. MBC 4 is now broadcasting the popular American television series Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives . MBC 4 is aimed mostly at female audiences, unlike its sister channel MBC Action. It is owned by the Saudi Arabian businessman Waleed Al Ibrahim.

MBC 4 started airing Nickelodeon & TeenNick shows including Victorious, iCarly, Sam and Cat, The Thundermans and Drake & Josh following the closure of Nickelodeon Arabia & MTV Middle East in 2011.

MBC 4 is extremely popular in the Middle East and North Africa for showing the latest Western shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, to sitcoms like Friends and Malcolm in the Middle, Days of Our Lives, Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. The downside of this all is that MBC 2, MBC 3, MBC 4, MBC Action, and MBC Max all show year-old movies and TV programs; most of them are re-runs and they all are edited: taking out all drug use, sexual content, and to cut it down to its time frame. It is one of the many spun off channels from the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC). Before this channel was launched, all its shows were formerly on Channel 2. However, a few years after launching Channel 2, now known as MBC 2, all programs except for the movies were separated into MBC 4, so that MBC 2 is now solely a 24-hour film channel. In spite of this separation, MBC 4 did later broadcast its own selection of films, although only two films weekly at most, and the films are usually of the romantic genre. The Turkish and Pakistani television shows are dubbed in Syrian Arabic. Before this channel was launched, all its shows were broadcast on MBC 2. However, a few years after launching MBC 2, all programs except for movies were separated into MBC 4, so that MBC 2 will only show movies. MBC has announced that MBC 4 will broadcast the popular American television series Grey's Anatomy in April, and has announced that it will broadcast Desperate Housewives soon. The show is expected to be MBC 4's coup of 2007.

Notable Arabic shows include Al Anisa Farah, Madd Wa Jazr, Qawa'ed Al Talaq Al 45, Fatma, Oghneyat Hob, Ba’at Al Ward, Khareef al Hob and Nesa'a Ha'erat.

Among the titles in the latest MBC4 Nickelodeon deal are Fred: The Show‚ played by Lucas Cruickshank.

New seasons of much-love Nickelodeon programmes iCarly and Victorious will also hit screens across the region as part of the deal.

Nickelodeon content will continue to air on MBC4.

MBC 4 displays American series, like Angel, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and others all translated to Arabic. It also shows daily news from CBS, American programs like The Oprah Winfrey Show, and many more.

The channel mostly broadcasts American Hollywood movies but it also seldom features British, Canadian, French, Indian, Chinese and other foreign films. MBC 4 has managed to negotiate long-term deals with the top Hollywood studios, securing first-run right and ensuring a steady flow of the top box-office movies.

The channel largely targets the Arabic audience, especially young adults, having an important popularity among Arab viewers.

MBC 4 offers an impressive line-up of programs up to 3 months before any other channel. The line-up will include the new dubbed Turkish soap 'Mirna Wa Khalil' starring actor Kivanc Tatlitug, who has become an iconic male figure in the Middle East after the huge success of 'Noor' series in which he played the role of "Muhannad". Before this channel was launched, all its shows were broadcast on MBC 2. However, a few years after launching MBC 2, all programs except for movies were separated into MBC 4, so that MBC 2 will only show movies.

Since late 2011, MBC 4 begun airing new Western series in a "day-and-date" strategy, aiming to provide viewers in the MENA region with fresh content, less than a week after their latest episode's premiere in the United States. These series include: The Good Wife, Vampire Diaries, Ringer, The Secret Circle, 90210, and Pretty Little Liars.

The channel also broadcasts MBC 4 shows, all subtitled in-house in Arabic, such as The Sparticle Mystery, Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, Lassie, The Latest Buzz, Wizards of Waverly Place, Holly's Heroes and the Power Rangers, and many others.

MBC4 shows a movie every weekend at 7:00 GMT, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of ===Girls Night In===.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night In.

MBC4 shows a movie every night at 23:00 KSA, most of the movies are romantic and comedy.[needs update]

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night In.[needs update]

Noor the popular Turkish show has moved from MBC4, the show has the biggest number of fans in MBC4.

Every Thursday, Charmed and Friends are shown under the name of Girls Night Time.

MBC4 made a huge mistake when they changed the air time of Days of Our Lives from 4:00P.M. to 11:00A.M., the show had so many fans and many of them still hope that the show will return to the original time.

In terms of Western content, the channel airs many popular series like Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Talk, Days of Our Lives, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Hell's Kitchen, How I Met Your Mother, Life Unexpected, Project Runway, 30 Rock, Medium, The Office, Late Show with David Letterman, and others. All series are edited for content and include Literary Arabic subtitles.

Other MBC 4 shows include popular Turkish and Arabic dramas like Al Anisa Farah. (tr. "Jane the Virgin"). Al Anisa Farah is the Arabic version of the popular American series Jane the Virgin; the show utilizes a format purchased from Electus International.

Madd Wa Jazr. (tr. "The O.C."). Madd Wa Jazr is the Turkish version of the popular American series The O.C.; the show utilizes a format purchased from Warner Bros..

Qawa'ed Al Talaq Al 45. (tr. "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce"). Qawa'ed Al Talaq Al 45 is the Arabic version of the popular American series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce; the show utilizes a format purchased from NBCUniversal.

Fatma, Oghneyat Hob (tr. "Love Song"), Ba’at Al Ward (tr. "Seller of the flowers"), Khareef al Hob (tr. "Autumn of Love") and Nesa’a Ha’erat (tr. "Desperate Housewives"). Nesa’a Ha’erat is the Turkish version of the popular American series Desperate Housewives; the show utilizes a format purchased from The Walt Disney Company.

Most of the action and drama shows that was broadcast's in MBC 4 is now being transferd to the new channel MBC Action

MBC 4 also shows American news, it also shows a movie every Thursday and Friday.

All Turkish series are dubbed into Syrian Arabic.

MBC 4 shut down its analog signal on 13 February 2012.

Since 2011 during the Maghrib prayer, shows advertisements locally for viewers outside and in Qatar that uses satellite services. For example, during the prayer, did not shown it; instead, shows many advertisements for viewers in some cities. However, in very rare instance, when is shown on digital television by using SDTV in PAL format picture, the Maghrib prayer is shown. It also available only for digital television formatting in several cities.

MBC 4 also shows a film every Thursday (as the Girls Only Night Movie) and Friday (as the Friday Night Movie). The live-action TeenNick shows originally aired in English with Arabic subtitles.

TeenNickEdit

 
TeenNick logo

TeenNick is a video on demand channel for Arab that airs Nickelodeon's live-action TV series. It airs reruns of old and new Nickelodeon programming in English with Arabic subtitles. The live-action TeenNick shows originally aired in English with Arabic subtitles.

Channel PeriodsEdit

The channel MBC 4 periods, which are: Toddlers Time. The channel uses these periods, publicly, to categorize the shows aired on the channel. However, some shows are uncategorized, such as the children (or teen) live action shows, and the night movies which can be only seen on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Uncategorized ShowsEdit

Uncategorized Shows can be divided to (e.g. Power Rangers, That's so Raven, Hannah Montana), and lastly the night movie, which is only shown on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The other popular Jetix show is Power Rangers. They have aired different power rangers, e.g. the most recent Jungle fury, others are Ninja storm, SPD etc.

Current Disney Channel ShowsEdit

The current Disney Channel series airing are: That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Phil of the Future and Hannah Montana. And the most important thing is Darcy's wild life and more recently Wizards of Waverly Place, although these shows are not explicitly part of the Disney on '4 segment due to being live-actions shows, and are usually placed with the other live-action series featured on MBC 4, Jetix on Action.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ mbc.net: MBC channels will continue to be free to air in HD and regular TV with no monthly subscription or card; same free access.
  2. ^ mbc.net: You will NOT be able to watch MBC channels in HD if you do not activate your decoder
  3. ^ "زواج مصلحة - MBC 4 - MBC.net". web.archive.org. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  4. ^ "زواج مصلحة". MBC.net (in Arabic). Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  5. ^ "MBC Group". MBC 4. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference thenational.ae was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ "Shahid reports 23% surge in viewer numbers year on year".

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