Arabic TV channels now available in the United States can enhance the viewing pleasure of many Arab Americans. Keeping up with events in their homeland is as easy as turning on the tv. There are a lot of channels available now from Directv and Dish Network. So for those who are not aware of them, I will list the Arabic channels here.
ABU DHABI is a 24-hour-a-day Arabic-language general entertainment channel, is considered to be one of the most respected channels in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi offers the Arab-Americans an exciting lineup of diverse programming including news, current affairs, movies, fashion, sports and much more.
AL ARABIYA is a top ranked 24-hour-a-day Pan Arab news channel catering to the Arab audience worldwide. Al Arabiya’s news programming includes politics, business, current affairs, finance updates and sports highlights.
AL JAZEERA 24-hours-a-day and exclusively on DISH Network, Al Jazeera is the top Arabic news channel in the Middle East that offers news from around the world. Al Jazeera has a wide selection of documentaries and uncensored political talk shows.
AL ZIKR a family oriented radio channel providing 24 hours of cultural programming with focus on history, language, habits and religion. The programming includes live talk shows covering a variety of subjects and events and Al Zikr covers valuable cultural Arab events from many locations in the Arab world linking the Arab and Moslem immigrants with their homeland.
ART AMERICA provides a unique blend of Arabic and multi-language programming consisting of mini-series, dramas, movies, sports (live and recorded soccer events directly from the Middle East) and talk shows.
ART MOVIES features Arabic-language programming from Egypt, Lebanon and different regions of the Middle East. ART Movies offers newly released and classical movies, mini-series, dramas and talk shows such as “Sahraa.”
ART MUSIC radio channel consists of modern and classical Arabic music, talk shows and interviews with new and established performers in the Arabic music industry.
DANDANA TV is a 24-hour-a-day Arabic music video channel broadcast from the U.S. Through its hip shows, music videos and coverage of major Arab-American events, Dandana TV is the pop culture face of the DISH Network Arabic bouquet.
DUBAI SATELLITE CHANNEL offers variety television entertainment from the United Arab Emirates that includes top sporting events, the latest news, movies, documentaries and TV series.
DUBAI SPORTS is a 24/7 sports channel broadcasting from Dubai. One of the leading sports channels in the Arab world due to its distinguished sports programming including highlights of various major soccer leagues from different continents, International speed boat racing, horse racing and more.
ESC-1 live from Egypt, ESC-1 features a wealth of television entertainment including the Egyptian Soccer League, “Good Morning Egypt,” variety shows, movies, talk shows, children’s programming and much more.
FUTURE TV offers top-rated Lebanese TV series, live news, game shows, cartoons, variety shows, family entertainment, soccer matches and much more 24-hours-a-day
IQRAA broadcasted 24-hours-a-day from Egypt, is the first Arabic-language channel that offers religious, media, social and economic programs tailored to the Muslims audience. Iqraa’s programming includes documentaries, live talk-shows, dramas, cultural and educational programs.
LBC The Lebanese Broadcast Channel, will fill your days with movies, sports, mini-series and talk shows such as “Ya Liel Ya Aien.”
MBC Middle East Broadcasting Center is a leading pan-Arab news and entertainment channel. The channel’s program offerings include general entertainment programs such as “Aalam,” comedies such as “CBM,” talk shows including “Kalam,” game shows, in-depth news, social programs and children’s programming.
MELODY ARABIA broadcast from Egypt, is the highest viewed 24-hour-a-day Arabic-language music video channel in the Middle East and North Africa. Melody Arabia offers a variety of music programming including video clips from the 80’s, 90’s, as well as contemporary releases, many of which are premiered on Melody Arabia and are exclusive to the channel. Melody Arabia is a tremendous addition to overall entertainment for Arab Americans in the U.S.
NBN The National Broadcasting Network, is considered the first 24-hour-a-day specialized news and thematic TV station in Lebanon. NBN prides itself on offering a wide variety of programming with in depth news shows including “Al Masa’iya” which has a very loyal following throughout the Arab World, superior documentaries such as “Ahzab Lubnan,” provocative talk-shows and up to date sports and business programs.
NEW TV a 24-hour-a-day Arabic-language station broadcast from Lebanon, offers a wide range of general entertainment programs including dramas, musicals, news, documentaries, cultural, educational, special events and general entertainment shows for all generations and ages.
NILE DRAMA is your choice for Egyptian current and classic movies, TV series and family programming for all ages.
NOURSAT is the first and only Christian channel from Lebanon and the entire Middle East. Noursat’s programming includes talk-shows, documentaries, history, classical musical recitals and social and spiritual programs.
DirecTV ORBIT AL-YAWM is a contemporary Arabic entertainment and variety channel, delivering more than 35 hours of live Orbit productions per week. Al-Yawm offers the smartest fashion tips, intimate beauty care advice, the best recipes, and light-hearted comedy shows. Orbit Al-Yawm top programs include Oyoun Beirut and Al-Qahira Al-Yawm.
ORBIT SEEN (the Series Channel) is the first 24-hour Arabic thematic channel of its kind in the region, featuring the best Arabic TV series from the Middle East. The Series Channel delivers the widest variety of TV productions from drama to comedy and from melodrama to historical biography. Orbit Seen features outstanding dramas like Kkaled Bin Alwaleed and Sikkat Alhilali.
ROTANA CINEMA channel is the leading movie service in the Middle East. It draws from the largest and richest library of Arabic-language films in the world, as well as cinema news and entertainment programs, including “The Hala Show,” hosted by Dr. Hala Sarhan.
ROTANA MOOSSIKA channel is an Arabic variety/entertainment channel that is dedicated to music videos, programs, concerts and festivals. Rotana Moossika has compiled the largest Arabic music library in the world, and exclusively features some of the top acts from the Arab world, including Amr Diab, Nagwa Karam, George Wassouf, Alissa and Kazem.
ROTANA ZAMAN channel delivers state-of-the-art digitally restored classic Arabic movies to millions of viewers around the world. Enjoy the legendary stars and singers – Om Kalthoum, Halim and Fairouz, as well as the popular program “Kashf el Mastour.”
So there you have it. 25 different channels. Entertainment for the whole family, young and old alike. Instead of seeing a five minute clip of news from the Middle East, watch in-depth coverage of the same event. It’s like bringing your homeland in to your living room.