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Iraq has the highest number of terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Iraq has the highest number of terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World

A new report from the Arab Advisors Group provides an analysis of the terrestrial TV channels landscape in the Arab World. The research revealed that a total of 115 local government-owned, private and mixed terrestrial TV channels broadcast in 19 Arab countries by March 2014.

Up until the booming era of free to air satellite TV, terrestrial TV was the main source of entertainment and information for people in the Arab World. Today, local terrestrial TV stations are still alive in the region, although the boom in the supply of free satellite TV channels in the Arab region seems to have stifled the terrestrial TV landscape.

There are 115 terrestrial TV stations broadcasting in nineteen Arab countries. Iraq, Egypt and Palestine lead in the number of terrestrial TV stations, hosting 51.4% of total terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World. The majority of Palestine's and Iraq's terrestrial TV channels are privately owned while Egypt has the largest number of government owned terrestrial TV channels. 

A new report, "Terrestrial TV in the Arab World 2014" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers in April, 2014. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,850. The 23-page report, which has 22 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the terrestrial TV channels in the 19 Arab countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.

Any investment in this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing the report, or could count towards attending Arab Advisors' 11th Convergence Summit on June 2 & 3, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. More information on the summit can be viewed on

Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge.

"By March 2014, Iraq, with 21 channels, lead the Arab countries in the total number of terrestrial TV channels, as well as privately-owned terrestrial TV channels." Ms. Hiba Al Atiyat, Arab Advisors research analyst wrote in the report. "Egypt had the highest number of state-owned terrestrial TV channels, with 20 channels, followed by the UAE with 11 state-owned channels." Ms. Al Atiyat added.

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced over 3,900 reportson the Arab World's communications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 700 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on


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Arab Advisors Group's Arabic name is مجموعة المرشدين العرب  

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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media and technology markets.

Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecoms) are annual subscriptions. The services cover nineteen countries in the Arab World: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco.

For more information, please contact the Arab Advisors Group

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