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Broadcast areaMiddle East and North Africa
Somalia (via satellite)
United States
Language(s)Arabic, English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceMBC 3 +1
OwnerMiddle East Broadcasting Center
Launched8 December 2004; 17 years ago (2004-12-08)

MBC 3 is a free-to-air children's channel launched on 8 December 2004, and appeals to children under the age of 15. All foreign television animation programs have been dubbed into Arabic. The channel also produces its own original programmes. It was owned by the Middle Eastern company MBC Group.

MBC 3 started airing Nickelodeon shows following the closure of Nickelodeon Arabia in 2011. It includes Nicktoons such as T.U.F.F. Puppy, The Fairly OddParents and SpongeBob SquarePants are also present in the channel, but they are dubbed. The Nick Jr. shows include Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go and Blue's Room.

MBC 3 is known in the Middle East for censoring scenes unsuitable for Islamic audiences, such as visual romance outside of marriage, kissing scenes, awkward angles of female characters, sensual scenes between members of the opposite sex, cross-dressed men, references to alcohol and gambling, references to non-Islamic religious content and visually-grotesque scenes. However, the channel does not have a proper consensus of its censoring policy, featuring cuts that are so heavily edited it renders plot continuities inconsistent.[citation needed]

MBC 3 has separate pay-TV feeds which broadcast in Europe and the United States. They target the overseas Arab diaspora and air the same Arabic dubs as the main channel. The US feed is exclusive to Dish Network.


MBC 3 was launched on 8 December 2004 at 10:00 am.

The channel marked its tenth anniversary on 8 December 2014.

On 18 September 2017, the channel underwent a major rebrand to a "comical" era, in which on-screen imagery featured a comic book aesthetic. This is the current era of the channel.[citation needed]

On 23 March 2020, MBC 3 had a major rebrand with a new logo on-screen. The new logo was just like the modern logo but the number 3 is outside the cube.[citation needed]

From 24 March 2020 to 22 June 2020, following the COVID-19 pandemic, MBC 3 used a logo with a house displayed on-screen and slogans معاكم بالبيت[citation needed]
With you at home.


Original productions

Children's shows

From Nickelodeon

From Disney

From Warner Bros.

From Cartoon Network series

From The CW

Japanese and Korean Animation

Television hosts

See also


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