Egypt, KSA, UAE host most FTA channels
by Chris Newbould

Egypt & Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE, host the highest number of FTA channels broadcasting in the Arab World according to a new report from the Arab advisors Group.

The number of FTA satellite TV channels in the Arab World increased by 10.5% between April 2010 and April 2011 to reach 538 channels broadcast on Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat (fully operational channels reached 501). Arab Advisors Group research revealed that the highest number of channel types were the private-sector general channels followed by government-sector general channels.

The number of Free to Air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab region continues to grow. The FTA landscape had a major growth of 438% in the number of FTA satellite channels between January 2004 and April 2011. Based on Arab Advisors Group research, by April 2011, the total number of distinct FTA satellite channels reached 538 on Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat, an increase of 10.5% over the number of channels recorded in April 2010. The number of the fully launched and operational channels; excluding channels in the test transmission phase, reached 501, up from 448 in April 2010.