Live Iranian TV Channels

TV was first acquainted with Iran in 1958, as an exclusive and financially worked undertaking, prior to being nationalized, staying a state-controlled imposing business model, first of National Iranian TV & Radio and Television, and following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.


On October 3, 1958, Television Iran (TVI) was set up, communicating from Tehran. A subsequent station, situated in Abadan in the south of the nation, was set up in 1960. Its programming included test shows and American projects named into Persian and engaged an unsophisticated audience.

Habib Sabet, a Baháʼí who was one of Iran’s significant industrialists, was the author of the principal TV station. The station administrator was an American, A. Vance Hallack, who had recently worked at the Baghdad Television Station in Iraq. Before going to the Middle East, Hallack had dealt with NBC’s tone division.

National Iranian TV

At its dispatch, TVI had the sponsorship of various blue-chip Western organizations, RCA, General Tire, Pepsi-Cola, Auto-lite, Squibb and Volkswagen, Sabet having opened the principal Pepsi-Cola plant in Iran in 1955. However, by 1963, it professed to have lost 70 million rials, and its proprietors endeavored to offer the station to the public authority, yet by then it had just endorsed plans for its own telecom company.

A different organization, National Iranian Tv (NITV), was set up in 1966. This cooked for a more taught public. On October 26, NITV sent its first transmission message, an assertion by the Shah; test programs were run, and complete programming initiated in Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, in March 1967, with the primary week’s projects incorporated the telecom of the Shah’s birthday festivities from Amjadieh Stadium.

Until 1976, the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) broadcast a TV administration on Channel 7 in Tehran and the encompassing territory from its studios in the city.

Providing food for US Armed Forces faculty, this was known as AFTV and was the lone TV administration in the nation at that point conveying programming in English, as all unfamiliar programming on NITV and TVI, including American and British imports, was named in Persian. In yielding to Iranian tv sensitivities, AFRTS abstained from conveying programming that may be understood as hostile on political or strict grounds, rather conveying cowpoke or criminologist movies.

Notwithstanding, in that year it was chosen by the Iranian government that AFRTS should shut down its radio and TV administrations, which it did on October 25. These would be supplanted by comparable administrations, worked by the state telecaster.

Iran Broadcasting

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, NIRT was renamed as Seda va Sima-ye Jomhouri-e Eslami-ye Iran (“Voice and Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran”), referred to in English as Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), and under the new Constitution of the Islamic Republic, radio and TV were to be “lined up with the course of flawlessness of the Islamic Revolution and served the advancement of Islamic culture, and to this end profit by the well-being impact of various thoughts and truly abstain from spreading and proliferating ruinous and hostile to Islamic tenets”.

In 1998, Iran changed from utilizing SECAM to the PAL framework created in (Germany), and furthermore utilized in the United Kingdom.

Satellite TV Iran

As a result of IRIB’s monopoly and censorship, satellite television channels, most notably Persian language ones based in Europe and North America, have gained popularity in Iran. This was despite the passing of a law in 1994 under which the use and ownership of satellite dishes was banned. However, the research centre of IRIB estimates that they were used by up to 70 per cent of Iranian households.

Despite being repeatedly jammed, the BBC Persian channel had a weekly audience of 7.2 million in 2011. GEM TV is one of the most popular satellite channels in Iran. Based in Dubai, it is broadcast illegally into the country. Farsi1, a satellite channel part owned by News Corporation broadcasting mostly comedies and dramas from other Asian countries and Latin America, is one of the most popular stations in the country.

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