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
Defunct2012 (Merged With OSN)
HeadquartersJeddah, Saudi Arabia and Cairo, Egypt
ProductsDirect-broadcast satellite
Arab Radio and Television Network
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 819 (Iqraa)
  • Channel 825 (Iqraa Bangla)
Malaysia AstroChannel 111 (ART Variety)
Brunei Kristal-AstroChannel 111 (ART Variety)
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)
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 profile

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, beIN Sports purchased all of ART's sport channels which had the license to broadcast FIFA World Cup matches. This decision sparked uproar in Arab world. Later that year, ART also sold most of its remaining entertainment channels to OSN, announcing the death of the ART network.

ART channels list

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 Zaman: Arabic series channel
  • ART Hekayat Kaman: Arabic series channel during this Ramadan Kareem
  • Iqraa: Arabic islamic channel
  • ART Variety: General entertainment channel, broadcast in Australia, Malaysia and Brunei
  • ART America: General entertainment channel, broadcast in North America
  • ART Comedy: Arabic comedy channel

Former channels

  • ART Sports 1-6
  • ART Prime Sport
  • ART1
  • ART2
  • ART3: Kids (8 A.M. to 8 P.M. KSA time)
  • ART4: Movies
  • ART5: First Free-To-Air Arab Music Channel
  • ART Tarab: Classic Arabic Music
  • ART Music
  • ART Music Radio
  • ART Monasabat
  • ART Shopping
  • ART Teenz: For Kids and Teenagers
  • ART Al-Talimiyah: Educational Channel
  • ART Open University
  • Ayen Al-Awail
  • ART Travel: Only during Summer
  • ART Movie World: English movie channel

See also


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

External links

ART America

ART America is an Arabic general entertainment satellite TV channel, part of the Arab Radio and Television Network. Also, this channel is available on Dish Network.

ART America is mix of the best of ART channels, Arab World TV stations programmes and in-house production programmes like Min Beirut, Good Mood, etc.

ART Variety

ART Variety is a Saudi pay television channel, part of the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART). It is available in Australia, Malaysia and Brunei.

ART Variety broadcasts programming from ART Hekayat, Iqraa, classic movies, ART America and other Arabic-language networks.

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