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Reality TV shows prosper on Arab TV channels
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Arab Advisors Group released a new report analyzing the reality TV shows broadcast on ten Arab FTA satellite channels for the season 2012/2013.  The analysis reveals that the number of shows that were locally-produced by the stations is higher than licensed-format-based reality TV shows. In 2012, sixteen reality TV shows were broadcast on the selected FTA satellite channels while thirteen shows have aired or will air in 2013.

Spurred by the liberalization and the boom in satellite TV supply and viewership, many channels in the Arab TV industry recognize the need for offering quality content to maintain their attraction to viewers and advertisers. Reality TV's attraction lies in its relative novelty to audiences as well as its lower costs of production as participants are mainly regular people and not highly paid movie and TV stars.

A new report, "Arabic Reality TV Shows" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on April 17, 2013. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. The 37-page report, which has 19 detailed exhibits, provides analysis of the Reality TV landscape in the Arab World. The report includes analysis and profiles of eighteen major Arabic reality TV shows on ten FTA satellite TV channels during the period from January 2012 till February 2013, including the reality shows in production to be aired thereafter (the season 2012/2013).This includes locally produced as well as licensed-format-based reality TV shows. The content of the Arabic reality shows as well as the content of the original licensed format is discussed. The report points out the Arabic production companies that have played a role in the Arabic reality TV market.

The report also covers reality TV shows that the ten channels aired and are planning to air in 2013. It reveals that the majority of these shows are sequels to previous successful seasons. Examples include "Arab Idol" and "Nojoum Al Oloum".

"Out of the 18 reality TV shows aired in 2012/2013, 12 are original shows rather than licensed formats from global companies." Ms. Hiba Rabadi, Arab Advisors Research Analyst wrote in the report. "Moreover, channels are increasingly employing social media as a tool for increased interactivity with their audience. 12 out of the 18 reality TV shows have online presence on social media portals" Ms. Rabadi added.  

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' 10th Convergence Summit on June 3 & 4, 2013 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.

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 3,500 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).

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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media, technology and financial 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, Morocco and Mauritania.

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