Iran launches iFilm channel in Arabic

iFilm the entertainment channel, a broadcast entity of Iranian government will be available to people in Arabic language from now onwards. Iran has launched this 24hour satellite television entertainment channel to broadcast serials and films to audiences in the Arab world.

The channel will broadcast programs dubbed into Arabic for viewers in Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. It will show documentaries on making of films, film reviews, feature films, and short films. The announcement was made by Iran’s English-language Press TV, 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.

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.

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