Iran launched 24-hour satellite TV Arabic channel

Iran has launched a 24-hour satellite television entertainment channel to broadcast serials and films to audiences in the Arab world, media reported on Friday.

The state-run iFilm channel will broadcast programs dubbed into Arabic for viewers in Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, reports said.

It will show “documentaries on making of films, film reviews, feature films, and short films,” Iran’s English-language Press TV said, adding that the channel will be broadcast via the Arabsat and Nilesat satellites.

The channel’s launch comes three years after the start of Press TV, which the Islamic republic says is a bid to break the “stranglehold” of the West over the world media.

Iran’s state-run broadcaster already operates Al-Alam, a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel whose slick programming has won a loyal following from Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq.

It was launched at around the time of US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

The state broadcaster also runs Jam-e Jam, which airs Farsi programs for Iranians living abroad, and the Arabic Al-Kawthar which broadcasts a mix of news, religious talk shows and Iranian soap operas dubbed into Arabic.

Although Tehran uses satellites to broadcast its programming abroad, it is still illegal to have satellite receivers inside the country, where officials frequently denounce the “cultural decadence” spread by foreign channels.

In recent years, many Iranians have discreetly installed satellites in their homes, but these can be the target of sporadic crackdowns by the police who confiscate illegal dishes. Khaleej Times

Iranian opposition

In a related development Iranian opposition activists have also started a new satellite TV channel, RASA TV, from Belgium as an alternative to Iran’s increasingly state-controlled media. The channel is also available online. One of the channel’s organizers, Ebrahim Nabavi, said in an interview with Radio Free Europe that the goal was to break the government’s “monopoly” on information and fight censorship in Iran. The opposition leader and cleric Mehdi Karroubi appeared on the channel and praised it on Thursday, just hours before pro-government crowds surrounded and attacked his house, clashing with his bodyguards and preventing him from attending the annual Jerusalem Day rally on Friday.

  • ali

    What!! entertainment channels, do you mean real entertainment like sex in the city of tehran, can you imagine iranian playboy channel or PPV to watch the stoning of a women or the beheading of a man!!!This is only a propaganda to brainwash the already saturated brains of the likes of h/a, al manar, NBN with iran’s bad influence and intents. Why do we need more channels, even aoun got his own, how stupid can one be, almanar isn’t enough!!!

    • maria

      Ali the stoning and beheadings are payperview events, you must purchase those!

  • jerth

    Ali, great comments my friend, what do they mean ENTERTAINMENT?

    entertainmet = ?

  • Leb-Syrian

    woohoo, more ways to brainwash us!

  • Prophet

    Leb-syria,

    Do you mean that those brains are dirty, and need washing?

    lol

    • Leb-Syrian

      with all due respect to the iranian people, lol, but i dont think anything good can come out of a television station run by the iranian gov’t. they hang people for adultery for christs sake, its like the salem witch trials, only their looking for whores.

      • Leb-Syrian

        or anyone that opposes them, ever heard of the poor girl nada that was shot to death in a demonstration by iranian militias? youtube it.

  • Tony Smith

    Iranian entertainment…wohoo…

    I wonder if the anchor women will be wearing black or colorful chedors..do iranian really watch these channels??I get better entertainment cutiing my toe nails 🙂

  • Camp

    I hope serials and films refering true love(with no adultery and gay behaviour)and not war films like those refered Irak-Iran war where the fanatized children of poor iranian families were sent to death by clearing mining fields.

  • joey

    they have the same shit station they have in syria so it will be good fun to watch them with some barazzi and extra crap

  • George Haddad N.J

    Yes I wish this channel will show a video of the supreme leader lifestyle. Its full of hypcrocy and nothing to do with islam. Might I add its very entertaining. They use islam against their people and walia al faqih to rule their nations. People say why are you afraid of it. Its not that we’re afraid of it, its we’re afraid of the people like in Tehran are using it to their own advantage. The same in lebanon they will eventually do it in order to promote their own agenda.

    Its like some christians pastors criticize evil for the mere sake of collecting money from their followers and pocket them. Khameinin is nothing but a playboy and I wish they dare to show what is he all about. He’s a big womaniser and drives fast cars. do not ask me where i got the info because i have it and i am not sharing it sorry. this is for you Prophet and Cathy..

  • Prophet

    George,

    Do you think his lifestyle is as good or betterthan the pope’s?

    • George Haddad N.J

      Prophet the Pope is his mid 80’s. So i don’t think he can be womnizer at this age much lol. But kkk looks good for his age and i heard so many stories about his lifestyle. It doesn’t conform with what he preaches. He kills in the name of Allah? does the pope kill in the name of Allah?

      • Prophet

        George, Christian

        I could tell that you didn’t read my comment ,where I showed my respect to the pope.

        I’LL JUST PATE IT HERE AGAIN, Maybe you and Christian can read it:

        “I could tell that my questions pissed some one off. Is it because I MENTIONED THE POPE? I have a lot of respect for the pope.

        I may questions his decisions and policies, but I would never say an insulting word about him.

        I wish that posters would keep some decency in their comments where when exercising their right to criticize personalities, politics and policies without resorting to insults. Especially when criticizing certain personalities that are considered as important as the pope by their own followers.

        You are entitled to criticize his politics of policies, but No need for insulting comments. Anytime you start insulting, you basically admit that you have no argument, and that you already lost the debate. I hope we all can maintain some respect at this site.”

        Tell me Christian, where in my statement did I Showed any disrespect to the pope? I DID ASK IF HIS LIFE STYLE WAS BETTER OR SAME AS POPE. Tell me where is the disrespect? Unless you consider the pope, and only the pope, worth respecting, then it becomes a different debate.

        And You Mr. Hadad, You showed disrespect to someone who is considered as high as a POPE. Your accusations are nothing but smear propaganda. I’m not a big fan of the guy, but it’s a matter of principle not to insult people for political reasons

    • CHRISTIAN

      prophet our pope is no womaniser alright why dont you have some respect first ahhh? or you probably dont have that? if you repeat you said infront a christian hell prob rip your head off his old enough to be your great grand father kamen… do i isault you shieke even though all they do is promote to killings of christians in muslim countrys please

      • Prophet

        Christian.

        Read the exchange between George and I BEFORE YOU JUDGE.

        I could tell that you didn’t read my comment ,where I showed my respect to the pope.

        I’LL JUST PATE IT HERE AGAIN, Maybe you and Christian can read it:

        “I could tell that my questions pissed some one off. Is it because I MENTIONED THE POPE? I have a lot of respect for the pope.

        I may questions his decisions and policies, but I would never say an insulting word about him.

        I wish that posters would keep some decency in their comments where when exercising their right to criticize personalities, politics and policies without resorting to insults. Especially when criticizing certain personalities that are considered as important as the pope by their own followers.

        You are entitled to criticize his politics of policies, but No need for insulting comments. Anytime you start insulting, you basically admit that you have no argument, and that you already lost the debate. I hope we all can maintain some respect at this site.”

        Tell me Christian, where in my statement did I Showed any disrespect to the pope? I DID ASK IF HIS LIFE STYLE WAS BETTER OR SAME AS POPE. Tell me where is the disrespect? Unless you consider the pope, and only the pope, worth respecting, then it becomes a different debate.

        And You Mr. Hadad, You showed disrespect to someone who is considered as high as a POPE. Your accusations are nothing but smear propaganda. I’m not a big fan of the guy, but it’s a matter of principle not to insult people for political reasons.

        Here George’s comment:Yes I wish this channel will show a video of the supreme leader lifestyle. Its full of hypcrocy and nothing to do with islam. Might I add its very entertaining. They use islam against their people and walia al faqih to rule their nations. People say why are you afraid of it. Its not that we’re afraid of it, its we’re afraid of the people like in Tehran are using it to their own advantage. The same in lebanon they will eventually do it in order to promote their own agenda.

        Its like some christians pastors criticize evil for the mere sake of collecting money from their followers and pocket them. Khameinin is nothing but a playboy and I wish they dare to show what is he all about. He’s a big womaniser and drives fast cars. do not ask me where i got the info because i have it and i am not sharing it sorry. this is for you Prophet and Cathy..

  • Prophet

    I could tell that my questions pissed some one off. Is it because I MENTIONED THE POPE? I have a lot of respect for the pope.

    I may questions his decisions and policies, but I would never say an insulting word about him.

    I wish that posters would keep some decency in their comments where when exercising their right to criticize personalities, politics and policies without resorting to insults. Especially when criticizing certain personalities that are considered as important as the pope by their own followers.

    You are entitled to criticize his politics of policies, but No need for insulting comments. Anytime you start insulting, you basically admit that you have no argument, and that you already lost the debate. I hope we all can maintain some respect at this site.

  • george sokhn

    HI PROPHET, i agree with ur statement, and i rspect that, even sometimes i d not agree with ur opinions on some issues. happy holiday

    • Prophet

      George Sokhin,

      Thank you for the kind wishes.

      I’m glad we can agree, and disagree while respecting each other. I’m sure we can always build on things we agree on, and try to understand each other when we don’t agree. Good start though. lol

      • maria

        wlak shoobek ya Profits?? I see youre on the losing end of this battle….again 🙂 Tony is not here ley tayiblak lol…I miss him too, he is too funny!

      • Prophet

        Maria, I can’t win them all if I respond to people who do not want to read,or understand.

        I showed no disrepect to the pope. Chritian and George were looking for an easy shot.I MISS TONY .LOL