The number of Free to Air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab region continues to grow. The FTA landscape had a major growth of 599 percent in the number of FTA satellite channels, which broadcast in SD between January 2004 and May 2013. Based on Arab Advisors Group research, by May 2013, the total number of unique FTA satellite channels reached 716 on Arabsat, Nilesat, Noorsat and Yahlive. The number of the fully launched and operational channels; excluding channels in the test transmission phase, reached 658, up from 565 in March 2012.
The research provides a detailed analysis of the FTA satellite channels targeting the Arab region as of May 2013. The channels are analyzed according to their type, broadcast language, headquarters (main offices), ownership (state owned, private or mixed ownership) and satellite carriers. The satellite systems included in the analysis are Arabsat, Nilesat, Noorsat and Yahlive; this is due to the fact that the majority of FTA satellite channels targeting the Arab World are aired on one or more of these satellites. This report also includes an overview of channels that target the Arab World and broadcast exclusively through Eutelsat. Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report’s Table of Contents.
“76.6 percent of the operational FTA satellite channels are privately owned,” says Dalia Haddad, Arab Advisors research analyst. “In terms of the types of channels, General-Private Sector channels constitute 18.5% percent of the operational FTA satellite channels followed by News and Current Affairs channels,” Haddad adds.
“A plurality of FTA channels are headquartered in Egypt which hosts 19.1 percent of the fully launched and operational FTA channels. The UAE and Saudi Arabia follow with percentages of 13.8 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively, “ says Hind Qweider, Arab Advisors research analyst.