How Do You Watch the MBC Arabic Channel Live in the United States?


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Satellite TV provider DISH offers the Middle East Broadcasting Center as part of it's Arabic: Elite Super, Arabic: Super, and Arabic: Enhanced add-on packages, as of 2016. Sling, a streaming service, also includes MBC among its Arabic television package for American consumers.

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MBC launched in 1991 as the first privately owned and independently operated satellite television network. Originally headquartered in London, England, MBC moved to Dubai in 2002. In addition to its news programming, MBC offers American and British television series, as well as numerous Hollywood and Bollywood movies for Arabic audiences. MBC also airs reality competitions, including Arabic versions of "The X Factor," "The Voice" and "Arabs' Got Talent."

Since its launch, MBC has continually grown and offers a wide variety of channels, each carrying different content, as well as radio programming. For example, MBC launched MBC Bollywood in 2013, airing content from India for South Asians, dubbed or subtitled in Arabic. Seven of MBC's channels are broadcast in HD, as of 2016. MBC also runs Al Arabiya, a 24-hour news network and its associated web portal, AlArabiya.net. Additionally, MBC operates Shahid.net, an Arabic video streaming service.

While most of MBC's programming is aired in Arabic, MBC also operates MBC Persia, intended to target Iranians, which airs content in Farsi.

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