Palestine, Iraq and Egypt have the highest number of terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World


Up until the booming era of free to air satellite TV, terrestrial TV was the main source of entertainment and information for people in the Arab World. Today, local terrestrial TV stations are still alive in the region, although the boom in the supply of free satellite TV channels in the Arab region seems to have stifled the terrestrial TV landscape.

Up until the booming era of free to air satellite TV, terrestrial TV was the main source of entertainment and information for people in the Arab World. Today, local terrestrial TV stations are still alive in the region.

There are 121 terrestrial TV stations broadcasting in eighteen Arab countries. Palestine, Iraq and Egypt lead in the number of terrestrial TV stations, hosting 59.5% of total terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World.

The majority of Palestine's and Iraq's terrestrial TV channels are privately owned and while Egypt has the largest number of government owned terrestrial TV channels.

A new report, "Terrestrial TV in the Arab World" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers in January, 2013. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only $1,500.

The 25-page report, which has 21 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the terrestrial TV channels in the 18 Arab countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

"Arab Advisors Group's analysis reveals that the majority of the eighteen covered countries still have full government ownership of the operational terrestrial TV channels." Ms. Yasmine El Gharaibeh, Arab Advisors Research Analyst commented. "Morocco is the only country that has terrestrial channels that are jointly owned by the government and the private sector." Ms. El Gharaibeh added.

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced over 3,160 reports on the Arab World's communications, media and financial markets.

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 670 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients.