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Middle East and Worldwide
|Network||ARY Digital Network|
|Slogan||Always Remebering You (2000-2009) |
Aao Pyar Baatein (2005-2007)
Life connected (2009-present)
Colors of Life (2009-present)
|Headquarters||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Picture format||16:9 4:3 576i SDTV 720p (HDTV 16:9)|
|Sister channels||ARY Digital UK|
|Launched||16 September 2000|
|WorldCall Cable||Channel 35|
|E vision (UAE)||Channel 38|
|ABNXcess (Malaysia)||Channel 510|
|UCS (Bangladesh)||Channel 562|
|OSN (Middle East and North Africa)||Channel 283|
|Sky (UK & Ireland)||Channel 758|
|Astra 2G (28.2°E)||11112 H 22000 5/6|
|Dish Network (USA)||Channel 677|
|PTCL Smart TV||Channel 32|
|My.T (Mauritius)||Channel 180|
|ARY Digital Live||Watch Live|
ARY Digital (Urdu: ARY ڈیجیٹل) is a Pakistani pay television network available in Pakistan, the Middle East, North America and Europe. The ARY Group of companies is a Dubai-based holding company founded by a Pakistani businessman, Abdul Razzak Yaqoob (ARY). The network is focused towards the Pakistani diaspora. The channel has an expanding network of channels, each with an independent focus. ARY Digital is known for shows including Meray Paas Tum Ho, Ruswai, Qurban, Koi Chand Rakh, Ishqiya, Dushman-E-Jaan, Nand, Jalan, and more.
ARY Digital, formerly known as the Pakistani Channel, was launched in the United Kingdom in December 2000 to cater to the Pakistani community living in the region. It uses Samacom, an uplink provider based in the UAE, as the uplink teleport station.
The channel started off with a format similar to PTV Prime and other South Asian channels where it provided slots for soap operas in general while presenting an hourly slot for news headlines. Although, flaming political talk shows and dramas were the main priority when it came to programming, the network soon was hailed for its news coverage.
The network acquired a license to start broadcasting in Pakistan.
In 2002, the ARY Star Gold Quiz Show became the first live show to offer a prize of one kilogram of gold. For the period of its broadcast, participants won over 260 kilograms of gold. In 2005, the network obtained the rights to show Live 8 on its sister music channel, The Musik. The channel also held rights to the Who Wants to be a Millionaire franchise for Pakistan.
On 18 October 2007 most of the ARY news team, covering former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's arrival from exile, were killed by one of two explosions. Pictures of the victims were shown live on the news hour and prayers were observed. Bhutto was later escorted safely to an official government house.
By 2004, ARY Digital had started up three sister ventures apart from the flagship channel ARY Digital, channels targeting generalized programming. They include ARY News, a news channel; ARY Musik, a youth-oriented music channel, and ARY Qtv, an Islamic network.
In 2004, ARY Digital divided its broadcasts in such a way, that each continent had different programming at different times, to better facilitate the audience. The Channels were split as follows:
- ARY Digital Asia
- ARY Digital UAE
- ARY Digital UK
- ARY Digital USA
ARY Digital Asia
The Asian feed of the channel is free-to-air, as channels in the South Asia are usually broadcast without encryption. Unlike other feeds, ARY Digital Asia features a wider variety of local programmes and international shows. Many of which may include foreign programmes including Hollywood, Bollywood and Lollywood movies, Indian, American & British TV shows, for example Criminal Minds, 24, Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries, NCIS, Prison Break & Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi.
ARY Digital UAE
It is a free-to-air channel broadcasting at the Pakistani diaspora in the United Arab Emirates. Its programming is limited to Pakistani-produced shows only.
Super Solid Action
Super Solid Action has presented some famous dramas i.e. Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Supernatural weekend basis has started 20 January 2007 (Saturday-Sunday) 11:00pm–12:00am Midnight PST will be ended 19 July 2008
Marina's Crime Squad
Marina's Crime Squad has presented some famous crime dramas i.e. Criminal Minds, 24, Law & Order and Prison Break weekly basis has started 15 January 2007 (Monday to Friday, Monday to Thursday) 11:00pm–12:00am PST Midnight will be ended 18 July 2008
GMP Crime Night
GMP Crime Night has presented some famous crime dramas i.e. NCIS, Lost, Numb3rs, Law & Order, NCIS: Los Angeles and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit weekly basis has started August 2008 (Sunday-Friday) 11:00pm–12:00am PST Midnight
In 2006, ARY Digital has also enjoyed foreign programs on special occasions such as Eid, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day & Basant American TV shows, for example Criminal Minds Seasons 1-15 only 324 episodes, 24 Seasons 1-9 only 217 episodes, Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries Seasons 1-9 only 217 episodes , Grey's Anatomy Seasons 1-6 only 126 episodes, Prison Break & Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2000 TV series) Back to back 25 episodes 9:00am through 7:00pm PST all day long.
Criminal Minds Marathon
ARY Digital has enjoyed Premiere Eid-ul-fitr & Eid-ul-Azha on 25 & 26 October 9:00am through 1:00pm PST Back to back 10 episodes Criminal Minds Season 1 & 27 October 9:00am through 7:00pm PST Back to back 11 episodes Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries Season 1 15 October 11:00am PST Back to back 7 episodes Criminal Minds Season 2 9–12 December 8:00am through 10:00am Back to Back 6 episodes Criminal Minds Season 3 1 January 8:00am through 1:00pm Back to Back 5 episodes Criminal Minds Season 1.
Grey's Anatomy Marathon
Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries Marathon
Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries has premiered on 3rd Day of Eid-ul-Fitr 9:00am through 7:00pm PST Back to back 10 episodes Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries Season 1 2nd & 3rd day of Eid-ul-Fitr 11:00am through 6:00pm PST Back to back 15 episodes Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaaries Season 2.
ARY Digital has enjoyed Premiere Eid-ul-fitr & Eid-ul-azha on 1–3 October 8:00am through 10:00am PST Back to Back 6 episodes NCIS Season 5 on 8 December 8:00am through 10:00am PST Back to Back 2 episodes NCIS Season 4 11–13 September 8:00am through 10:00am Back to back 6 episodes NCIS Season 7.
In 2003, ARY Digital received criticism upon its airing of a prisoner's derogatory comments against the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC-3) and a video showing balded young girls behind bars begging for mercy. The contempt of court proceedings against the officials of the network were withdrawn after the judge accepted unconditional apologies.
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- "ARY Digital Archives". ARY Digital. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
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