HDTV gathers pace in Arab World

HDTV channels in Arab World up 45% between Feb 2014 and March 2015
HD TV is growing rapidly in the Arab world, served by numerous channels.
HD TV is growing rapidly in the Arab world, served by numerous channels.

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Satellites covering the Arab World carried 195 HD channels, up from 134 HD channels by February 2014, according to a new report from Jordan-based Arab Advisors Group.

The report, which provides an overview of the HDTV channels landscape in the Arab world by March 2015, covers seven satellite operators that target the Arab World: Arabsat, Es’hailsat, Eutelsat, Gulfsat, Nilesat, Noorsat, and Yahlive, and the number of HD channels broadcast on each satellite platform.

In the report, Arab Advisors Group provides a comparison between the satellites, and a projection of the number of satellite TV channels serving the Arab World.

The number of HD channels constituted around 18% of the total number of satellite channels carried by the seven satellite platforms covering the region.

“Arab Advisors research and analysis shows that the number of HD TV channels has grown by 45% between Feb 2014 and March 2015,” said Noor Asmar, Arab Advisors' research analyst wrote in the report.

“By March 2015, Arabsat had the largest number of HD channels with more than 85 channels available on the platform. Nilesat followed,” Asmar added.
 

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