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Growth in the Arab World's FTA Satellite TV channels slows down in 2009/2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Arab World’sFTA Sat TV channels have grown by 2.7% between March 2009 and April 2010. ByApril 2010, the total number of FTA satellite channels reached 487 broadcastingon Arabsat, Nilesat and/or Noorsat. Arab 

Advisors Groupresearch revealed that the highest number of channel types were thePrivate-sector general channels followed by Government-sector general channels.The results of Arab Advisors' annual analysis of the FTA channels werereleased at the 7th annual Media and TelecomsConvergence Conference in Ammanon June 7 & 8 2010.


The growth inthe number of Free to Air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab region isslowing down. By April 2010, the total number of distinct FTA satellitechannels reached 487 on Arabsat, Nilesat and/or Noorsat, a marginal increase of2.7% over the number of channels recorded in March 2009. The FTA landscape added13 channels between March 2009 and April 2010, compared to the 104 channelsadded between August 2007 and March 2009. 


16.5% of the 448fully launched and operational channels' headquarters are located in Saudi Arabia.


A new report, “SatelliteTV in the Arab World 2010” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s MediaStrategic Research Service subscribers on May 31, 2010. This report can bepurchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The 78-pagereport, which has 26 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis ofthe FTA satellite channels targeting the Arab region as of April 2010. Thechannels are analyzed according to their type, broadcasting language, headquarters(main offices), ownership (state owned, private or mixed ownership) andsatellite carriers. In addition, the satellite systems included in the analysisare Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat, this is due to the fact that the majority ofFTA satellite channels targeting the Arab World are aired on one or more ofthese satellites. Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy ofthe report's Table of Contents.


Any investmentin this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Servicesubscription should the service be acquired within three months frompurchasing the report.


"In linewith the liberalization of the audio visual sectors in the region, the numberof private satellite channels exceeds the number of government owned channels:69.9% of the fully launched and operational FTA channels are privately ownedwhile 29% are government owned." Ms. Danya Nusseir, Arab Advisors seniorresearch analyst, commented. "In terms of the types of channels, General-Private sector channels have the highest share (19.6%) amongst the total fullylaunched and operational FTA satellite channels, followed by theGeneral-Government sector channels at 12.7%". Ms. Nusseir added


The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has produced over 1,890 reports onthe Arab World’s communications and media markets. The reports can be purchasedindividually or received through an annual subscription to Arab AdvisorsGroup’s ( Research Services (Media and Telecom). To date, Arab Advisors Grouphas served over 580 global and regional companies by providing reliableresearch analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets. Some of ourclients can be viewed on

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