Cartoon Network Arabic
|كرتون نتورك بالعربية|
Cartoon Network Arabic
|Launched||October 10, 2010|
Turner Broadcasting System Europe |
Turner Broadcasting System Arabic (Time Warner)
|Picture format||16:9 (576i SDTV)|
"كرتون نتورك هي العنوان"|
"Cartoon Network is your destination"
|Broadcast area||Middle East and North Africa|
Time Warner, Inc.|
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom/Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates
Cartoon Network MENA
Cartoon Network Hindi
|Timeshift service||Cartoon Network Arabic +2 (defunct as of 2016)|
|Nilesat||12417 H - 27500 - 3/4|
|Arabsat BADR6||11747 V - 27500 - 3/4|
|beIN Network||Channel 138|
Cartoon Network Arabic (Arabic: كرتون نتورك بالعربية) is a free-to-air children's channel that is broadcast for a pan-Arab audience in the Arab World, and it is one of two Arabic-language versions of Cartoon Network, the other being an English/Arabic HD pay TV channel on beIN called Cartoon Network MENA. The channel was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM GST, with the channel's launch coinciding with the opening of Turner Broadcasting System's offices in Dubai Media City, U.A.E., the channel's local owner.
The standard channel broadcasts via Arabsat Badr 6 and Nilesat. Cartoon Network Arabic is considered a free alternative to Cartoon Network MENA and Boomerang MENA, two pay TV channels offered in the Arab World in HD and in both English and Arabic exclusively on beIN Network since July 1, 2016, despite the varying differences in programming, schedules, and available languages.
Cartoon Network Arabic was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM GST. The channel's launch coincided with the opening of Turner Broadcasting System's offices in Dubai Media City, U.A.E., the channel's local owner.
The channel changed its aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 on October 6, 2014; it also began using the Check It 3.0 package that day. The rebrand coincided with that of Cartoon Network Africa's.
In December 2015, Turner Broadcasting System entered an exclusivity deal with the Qatar-based beIN Media Group. This deal lead to Cartoon Network Africa, Boomerang Africa, and TCM moving from OSN to the latter's beIN Network service, and also caused the HD feed on YahLive to shut down; the actual channel, however, is unaffected due to being a free-to-air channel on Nilesat and Arabsat/Badr. Cartoon Network Arabic was still was removed from OSN's channel list and moved to beIN as channel 138, using its unencrypted Arabsat/Badr signal in SD. CNN International was removed from OSN's channel list and moved to beIN as an encrypted HD channel, but remains available as a free-to-air channel on Nilesat and Arabsat/Badr. However, subscribers to Emirati telecoms Etisalat and du's respective pay TV services in the U.A.E were virtually unaffected. Due to their direct relations with Turner, Etisalat and Du would continue to offer these channels to subscribers for a free three-month period.
Animated programs aired include original Cartoon Network Studios productions like the Ben 10 reboot, Regular Show, The Powerpuff Girls reboot, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Adventure Time, and We Bare Bears, as well as programs produced by other studios (such as Hasbro Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, etc.).
Currently, the channel is only available in Arabic, with no choice to switch to English or any other languages. This is due to the fact that the channel uses prints that are distributed by the respective shows' Arabic dubbing studios. The channel broadcasts a line of Cartoon Network's own shows dubbed from English. Cartoon Network Arabic may also offer other localized shows, such as the Arabic Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge, which are the result of various partnership deals with Arab production companies, such as the Dubai-based Lammtara Pictures (Freej) or the Jordan-based Rubicon Group Holding (Ben & Izzy, Tareq Wa Shireen). Since the channel is a free-to-air channel in the Arab World, it often edits certain programs for content, cutting out certain scenes from them.
Beginning on November 5, 2011, Cartoon Network Arabic began to occasionally air a selection of dubbed Cartoon Network made-for-TV films and specials at random dates. However, it was not until January 2013 that the channel initiated the signature Cartoon Network Cinema block to represent its films, albeit during weekends (as per the UAE). The following had aired so far as of early January 2012:
- Ben 10: Alien Swarm - premiered November 7, 2011
- Ben 10: Race Against Time - premiered November 5, 2011
- Firebreather - premiered December 22, 2011
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Destination: Imagination - premiered November 6, 2011
- Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace - premiered December 12, 2011
Turner Broadcasting System Europe had announced it would roll out its UK-based preschoolers' channel Cartoonito across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing the brand's distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories. On Cartoon Network Arabic, Cartoonito was launched as a morning block broadcast every day starting from September 4, 2011. However, the block was largely phased out in 2014 for unknown reasons.
Other versions and related channels
Cartoon Network Arabic HD
Cartoon Network Arabic +2
A two-hour timeshift channel variant launched on June 30, 2014 via the My HD pay TV network. It was terminated on January 2016 as a consequence of Turner Broadcasting System's deal with beIN Media Group.
Cartoon Network Hindi
On April 1, 2016, Qatar-based beIN Media Group, in association with Turner Broadcasting System Europe, launched Cartoon Network Hindi exclusively via beIN Network. Cartoon Network Hindi is aimed to provide programming to most Indian expatriates in the Arab World countries outside of India. As the name implies, the channel is only available in Hindi, which is akin to the Arab World's own pan-aired channel.
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