A raft of Muslim and Arabic language channels will be available via British free-to-air digital terrestrial television through a deal with Vision TV Network.
The company has struck deals with Al Arabiya, Arabia One and MuslimTV that will mean that 19 new channels will be streamed via internet connected FreeviewHD devices in the UK. Al Arabiya airs talkshows and political programmes, while the Arabia One package provides a raft of content from Dubai TV, Al Jadeed, MBC, LBC Europe, OTV, Murr TV and the female lifestyle channel Al Aan TV.
Films will be available via Melody Aflam, while Melody Drama will air general entertainment series and dramas, Moga will air comedy, Melody Sports will air Middle Eastern sporting events and Al Baghdadi will run the latest news and debate from Iraq. Muslim TV, meanwhile, will air readings from the Qur’an.
John Mills, CEO of Vision247, said: “With half a million Arabic speakers and close to three million Muslims residing in the UK today, there is a need for dedicated broadcasting to support the cultural heritage and beliefs of this audience. By delivering the best of current Arabic and Muslim programming through Freeview we are able to extend this viewing choice into the comfort of every living room.”
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