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Introduction

Sultanate of Oman Television began broadcasting for the first time from Muscat on 17th November 1974 and separately from Salalah on 25th November 1975. On 1st June 1979, the two stations at Muscat and Salalah were joined by satellite link to form a unified broadcasting service. Oman TV's broadcasts are transmitted through a network of stations spread across the country in both populated and remote areas to overcome the natural obstacles created by the mountainous terrain.

Currently there are 119 transmitters in operation - 29 'main' (i.e. receiving programmes directly from Qurum) and 90 'relay' (i.e. receiving from another station) with 5 new main transmitters currently under construction. There are seven more stations planned.

At present, Oman TV broadcasts its programmes around the world via the following satellites:

* Arabsat 2A
* Arabsat 3A
* Arabsat 2B
* Nilesat 101
* Hot Bird 4

Since 1997, Oman TV has also broadcast its programmes through its website.

Many of the films and serials produced by Oman TV have won prizes at international festivals in, for example, Bahrain and Egypt in 1999 and 2000 respectively. Most of Oman TV's personnel are highly trained Omanis as the highest priority is given to their training both in-country and abroad.

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