Cartoon Network Arabic goes HD on YahLive

Rebecca Hawkes | 29-02-2012

Cartoon Network Arabic is to be broadcast in high definition (HD) across the Middle East and North Africa, following an announcement by Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) and UAE satellite operator YahLive at Dubai's Cabsat Middle East expo.

Cartoon Network Arabic has been available in standard definition free to air since October 2010 on Nilesat 104 and Badr 6. However, this deal marks a first in terms of high definition satellite carriage for the channel, which will be available via Yahsat at 52.5 degrees East.

"We are excited to launch Cartoon Network Arabic channel in HD enriching our audience's viewing experience. YahLive are the perfect partner in the region to help achieve our goals in providing our content in the highest quality possible," said Alan Musa, vice president and general manager MENA, TBS.

The channel provides both locally produced and international children's entertainment in Arabic, with shows including Ben 10, Powderpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Ben and Izzy, Freej and Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends.

"Our new HD partnership with Turner Broadcasting Systems is another clear example of YahLive achieving our strategic vision to become the HD hotspot for the region. The addition of the Cartoon Network Arabic to our bouquet means that young people across the region, have the opportunity to experience their favourite TV shows in quality HD," said Mohamed Youssif, chief executive, YahLive.