Archive for the ‘Satellite TV’ Category


Hotbird FYI’s

September 24, 2007

Number One Channel (formerly known as Video Bergamo) shows videos from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Right now they’re showing some video by Simple Minds. [11013H, 27500, 3/4]

Carpe Diem also shows older videos but also a lot of infomercials. Videos are Italian and English (American/UK) [11604H, 27500, 5/6]

Cool TV shows Macabre Theatre around 10PM. [12558V, 27500, 3/4]


Fatafeat Page

January 13, 2007

If you look above, you’ll see that I added a Fatafeat page. Several people from the channel are reading this blog to get feedback from viewers. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll keep it up as long as it’s useful to the channel and viewers like me.

I’m really cramped for time today so transferring previous posts and comments will show up later on in the week. Sorry about that.


Fatafeat Comment

December 18, 2006

Here’s a comment from the Chairman/Managing Director of Fatafeat, Mr. Youssef El-Deeb.

Hello friends,

My Fatafeat team have been working for nine months to put together the Fatafeat channel, buy the best shows from around the world and finally getting ready for the launch.I am delighted to see some true fans of this channel and it really encourages us to offer even more passion to a great human activity: Food enjoyment.

Now then, I am happy to share with you this;

1. Fatafeat is Free To Air. It relies on advertising revenues.
2. We are launching our programing within a few days. We are aiming for a week from Monday latest. Let’s hope all the kinks to do with subtitling our programs go smoothly.

Thanks again and I look forward to your advice, comments, suggestions, …recipes?

Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Youssef El-Deeb
Chairman/Managing Director
Takhayal Entertainmenrt FZ LLC

Magdi Omar
Assistant Channel Manager


City 7 TV

November 28, 2006

INtv was a lifestyle/fashion channel from Dubai. It was boring, if you ask me. It’s gone now and in its place is City 7 TV. It just launched today and I can’t find any information about it but so far they’re showing old British comedies.

11861 V



November 14, 2006

Fatafeat is described as being “the first dedicated food channel in the region”. I’m watching it now and they’re showing a few minutes from different cooking shows. So far I’ve seen Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Giorgio Locatelli, Emeril Lagasse, and more. It looks like a promo for the channel and I’m REALLY REALLY hoping that it will stay FTA!

12341 V, 27500, 3/4


Space Toon

November 4, 2006

Now there are two Space Toon channels in English, both are FTA:


12015 V, 27500, 3/4

12341 V, 27500, 3/4

Different programming on each. As a write, one of them is showing Barney, the other is showing Tom & Jerry. [Update: Both channels have identical programing now.]

Space Toon in Arabic is on Nilesat, 11785 V, 27500, 3/4.


Because Something Is Better Than Nothing. Right?

October 17, 2006
  • After having Orbit for a year, we’re going to cancel because they’ve lost most of the programming we signed up to watch. Most of the shows that were once on Orbit can now be seen on MBC4 which is a FTA channel. The only reason we held on this long was to see Season 6 of the Sopranos. I watched the first two episodes and was really disappointed. My parents told me it wasn’t as good as before and they were right.
  • I’m going to try to go without any satellite pay-package because I don’t think Showtime or ART/Star Select are any better than Orbit. I think I can get by with MBC4, One TV, and Italian channels via Hotbird.
  • But what about Eastenders, you say? Well, BBC Prime decided to move it to the weekends (their weekend: Saturday and Sunday). You have to sit through two hours of it at one shot and since they made the switch, I haven’t watched it once. I wrote to BBC Prime about how I thought it was a mistake to switch it and they actually replied to me in a very personal way. I was shocked because when I offered a few suggestions to Orbit, I got a “Thank you SIR, we’ll forward you letter to our office in Bahrain.”
  • My housekeeper actually had the nerve to eavesdrop on a telephone conversation I had with the woman she called earlier and hung up on. My maid was trying to call her friend (a maid) and when her friend’s employer picked up the phone, my maid hung up. Since the employer has caller ID, she called me and asked me why I call and hang up on her all the time. We figured out that my maid was the one who has been calling and the woman was nice about the whole thing. My maid listened in on the conversation from the kitchen phone. I caught her right before I hung up. She was hiding behind the kitchen door.
  • Since Ramadan started, most of my time has been spent in the kitchen. I’m not as inspired as I was last year, and I think I’ll be relieved once Eid arrives.
  • My children go to bed early and are early to rise. I like it that way but it leaves us with no social life.
  • My daughter, who turns 2 shortly, is very opinionated about the clothes and shoes she wears, and which songs are being played in the car. God help me.