Iran’s MTN-Irancell launches TV offering

Iranian mobile telco MTN-Irancell has launched a mobile-centric IPTV service. The service, Lenz, offers Iran’s national channels and includes seven-day catch-up functionality as well as a cloud-based DVR service. Content is available in 1080p HD. Lenz also offers access to a wide range of movies and TV shows on-demand. A mobile app for the service […]

Discovery targets Iranian market with Home & Health Farsi

Discovery has teamed up with Dubai-based media management and playout specialist BHS Media to launch a new free-to-air channel targeted at the Farsi-speaking market in the Middle East. Home & Health Farsi will be created by the Dubai-based outfit using Discovery content and branding and will launch exclusively on the Eutelsat Hotbird and Eutelsat 7B […]

Popcornflix expands into Middle East, Latin America

Free movie and TV show streaming app Popcornflix has launched in 36 new countries – including 16 countries in the Middle East and 16 in Latin America.  Announcing the expansion at MIPTV in Cannes, Popcornflix said its Middle-Eastern footprint includes Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, while in Latin America the service is available in countries including Mexico and Argentina. The other four […]

Eutelsat condemns Iranian jamming

Satellite operator Eutelsat has condemned the jamming of certain broadcasts from Iran. Following what Eutelsat claims to be “significant deliberate interference from Iran since October 3 of international networks, including BBC Persian, the Voice of America’s Persian service and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Farda”, all of which broadcast via Eutelsat satellites, the operator has […]

New channel for Iran

Iran is launching an animation channel next month. The network will initially broadcast two hours of animated kids series and this will increase to 12 hours once it has ramped up local production and acquisitions. Currently there are 14 channels broadcasting in Iran. Iran’s animation industry is slowly growing and recent animated feature Battle of […]

Iranian pubcaster launches sports channel

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has launched a new high-definition sports service. The public broadcaster’s digital channel is branded Varzesh and has soft-launched. It is expected to roll out fully at some point next month.

Iran launches Spanish channel

Iran has launched a Spanish-language international TV channel, according to local reports. The country’s Fars news agency said that the channel, Hispan TV, was now available 24 hours a day. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently sought to strengthen Iran’s ties with Latin American countries including Venezuela. Iran currently broadcasts English-language channel Press TV, which […]

Press TV loses UK licence

Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster’s English-language channel, has had its licence revoked by UK regulator Ofcom. Press TV was found to have been operating editorial control from Tehran, breaching UK broadcasting licence rules. “In the course of correspondence and meetings with Ofcom, statements made by Press TV Limited about the operation of the Licensed […]

Iran launches new channels

Iran is set to launch eight new thematic television channels after the The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) approved the plans. IRIB chief Ezzatollah Zarghami announced it would launch new channels covering entertainment, news and science. This follows the launch of the country’s first home shopping channel, which launched earlier this year.