Ethiopian TV shows can be streamed online via Ethiopian.tv and AllComTV.com. Ethiopian Television Live and Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate present 24-hour programming and live streams in Afaan Oromoo, Tigrigna, Amharic and other Ethiopian languages.
Founded in the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa, in 1974, Ethiopian Television offers a variety of televised and streaming programs that include soap operas, sporting events, talent shows and news. ETV 1 offers 24-hour news, movies, documentaries and commentary shows. ETV 3 offers local lifestyle shows along with a selection of shows from the U.S. and Europe.
One of the most popular TV shows in Ethiopia, "Balageru Idol," presents a seasonal talent competition with major prizes. Balageru Idol is very similar to "American Idol" and airs on Ethiopian Television on Saturday nights as of 2015. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate lineup lists comedy broadcasts by such local favorites as Abraham Asmelash, Alebachew and Lemeneh, Bereket Bekele and Fantu Mandoye.
Prior to 1964, people in Ethiopia could only watch programming from neighboring countries, as there were no TV stations in the small east-central African nation. In 1965, ETV offered five educational programs for school-age children. Since 1981, ETV has presented a range of programming that appeals to all age groups.