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    Iran launches free entertainment channel in Arabic

    by Andy Sennitt.

    Iran has launched a 24-hour satellite television entertainment channel to broadcast serials and films to audiences in the Arab world. The state-run iFilm channel will broadcast programmes dubbed into Arabic for viewers in Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, reports said. It will show “documentaries on making of films, film reviews, feature films, and short films,” Iran’s English-language Press TV said, adding that the channel will be broadcast via the Arabsat and Nilesat satellites.

    The channel’s launch comes three years after the start of Press TV, which the Islamic republic says is a bid to break the “stranglehold” of the West over the world media. Iran’s state-run broadcaster already operates Al-Alam, a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel whose slick programming has won a loyal following from Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq. It was launched at around the time of US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

    The state broadcaster also runs Jam-e Jam, which airs Farsi programmes for Iranians living abroad, and the Arabic Al-Kawthar which broadcasts a mix of news, religious talk shows and Iranian soap operas dubbed into Arabic.

    Although Tehran uses satellites to broadcast its programming abroad, it is still illegal to have satellite receivers inside the country, where officials frequently denounce the “cultural decadence” spread by foreign channels. In recent years, many Iranians have discreetly installed satellites in their homes, but these can be the target of sporadic crackdowns by the police who confiscate illegal dishes.

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    The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has launched a 24/7 Arabic-language network that airs Iranian-made movies and TV dramas to the viewers in the Arab World.


    The new channel, named iFilm, was officially inaugurated on Thursday, marking Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

    Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini, IRIB director Ezzatollah Zarghami, IRIB Deputy Director for International Affairs Mohammad Sarafraz and Palestinian Authority's Ambassador to Iran Salah Zawawi were present at the inauguration ceremony.

    The channel's programs are currently being dubbed into Arabic in Syria, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates.

    The new satellite network will broadcast live quizzes on arts, backstage documentaries on films and ongoing productions, film reviews, short-length films and documentaries. The channel's target viewers would be around 300 million across the globe.

    iFilm's film editing equipment and systems and archive of film records as well as its broadcasting equipment have been assembled by the IRIB World Service engineers and are totally automated.

    The iFilm international channel will broadcast on Badr 4 (Arabsat), frequency: 12169 MHz, vertical polarization, symbol rate: 27500, FEC 3/4.

    It can also be received on Atlantic Bird 4A (Nilesat), frequency: 11393 MHz, vertical position, symbol rate: 27500, FEC 3/4; and Eutelsat W6, frequency: 11564 MHz, vertical position, symbol rate: 3214, FEC 3/4.

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