Farsi1 is a Persian-language satellite television channel. Satellite dish receivers are illegal but not uncommon in Iran, reports the Washington Post. As of 2010, Farsi1 had 35 million viewers, according to the independent newspaper Iran Times.
Farsi1, which began airing in 2009, has programming that includes many popular foreign soap operas, sitcoms and telenovelas dubbed into the Farsi language. The Iranian authorities disapprove of many aspects of Western culture, considering the practices immoral, and they use radio waves to jam some foreign broadcasts. While Farsi1 is not one of the jammed channels, authorities occasionally make raids and confiscate rooftop satellite dishes, notes the Washington Post.