Iran TV and the Pashto Online TV Network are partners in a new venture that is hoping to expand its audience via online video
Iranian TV and Pashtuns Online TV have joined forces to build an online video platform for Iranians.
The new venture, which is named “Rai TV,” will help stream Iranian TV shows and other programming via the internet.
The new venture is being led by the Tehran-based Iranian Television Network (TNI), a news channel owned by Iran’s state-run oil company, which has been working on building its own network for several years.
Iranian TV and its sister channel, Rai TV, have previously partnered on other projects with other Iranian media companies.
Iran’s media market is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion.TNI launched the “Rae TV” venture earlier this year, but has not yet launched the network.
The venture will be funded by a $25 million grant from the Iranian government and will be managed by the TNI’s head of programming, Mohammad Sadegh, who is also the CEO of the TSN, according to the company.
RaiTV, which will operate from the United Arab Emirates, will stream Iranian shows from a variety of channels, including TV One, which serves Iran’s largest network, the Iranian Broadcasting System (IRAS), and Al Jazeera English, which carries international news coverage from other countries.
RaiTV will also provide online streaming of Iranian shows through its own streaming service, RaiTV TV, which launched last month.
Iran is one of the world’s most important digital markets.
Iran has about 150 million mobile phone subscribers and about 3.2 million TV subscribers, according the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
In 2018, Iran surpassed the U.S. as the world leader in online streaming and in terms of TV viewing, according an ITRI report.
Iran also has the second-highest number of users on Twitter.