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Rotana Cinema
CountrySaudi Arabia and Egypt
NetworkRotana
HeadquartersDubai, United Arab Emirates, Cairo
Programming
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerRotana Group
History
Launched31 December 2004
Links
Websitecinema.rotana.net

Rotana Cinema (Arabic: روتانا سينما) is a Saudi Arabian free-to-air satellite television channel owned by Rotana Group network. It was launched in 2004, and broadcasts exclusively old and contemporary Egyptian films.

Rotana Cinema has the largest and richest Arabic movie library in the world;[1][2] this channel broadcasts premium production films ranging from golden oldies to the latest blockbusters that have never been broadcast on TV, making it the first channel to use the direct-to-TV method by fast forwarding the period between a movie’s premier in theaters and the TV premier[3]

Since 2005, Rotana Cinema has established itself as the Arab family's very own cinema at home and is set to continue solidifying that position through its 1000+ films not yet seen on TV and its exclusive premiers. The channel airs more than 35 premier movies per year directly from the cinema to the television.

Al Nashra Al Fanneya

Al Nashra Al Fanneya is a popular entertainment program in the Arab world and is considered the source of all the latest entertainment industry news in the region. It provides the viewers with the latest news and updates on their favorite artists and the upcoming productions in both TV and Cinema.

Slogan

Its slogan, translated into English, means "you won't be able to blink your eyes" (Egyptian Arabic: مش هتقدر تغمض عينيك). This slogan has become part of the Arab pop culture especially that the channel's ratings are the highest in the history of the Arab movie channels.

References

  1. ^ "Acquiring Egypt's movie heritage". Al Jazeera.
  2. ^ http://www.amcham.org.eg/resources_publications/publications/business_monthly/issue.asp?sec=17&subsec=Saudi+billionaire+buys+films,+stirs+controversy&im=5&iy=2004
  3. ^ "Rotana Cinema Launches Largest Free Arabic Movie Platform". Business Wire.
  4. ^ "Rotana Cinema Logo Evolution". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2014.