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How to Watch Arabic TV in USA States and Abroad

How to Watch Arabic TV in the USA & Abroad With a VPN in 2024: Arabic TV Channel Packages

Missing TV content from home is a common problem expats face. If there’s an Arabic TV channel you’re having trouble accessing from the U.S. or elsewhere, it’s easy to learn how to watch Arabic TV in the USA with a VPN.

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Last Updated: 2024-02-24T11:21:03+00:00

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Key Takeaways: Watch Arabic TV From Anywhere

  • Arabic content is easily accessible in the U.S., but some TV streaming sites from your home country, like local channels, might be blocked due to regional restrictions.
  • If you can’t access an Arabic channel’s website due to geoblocking, you can use a VPN to get around the restrictions. You can also explore more Arabic content on Netflix this way. 
  • If you need to use a VPN to access an Arabic streaming site, ExpressVPN is the best option, followed by NordVPN and Surfshark

If you’re traveling to the U.S. from an Arabic-speaking country, it won’t be hard to find Arabic-language content online via free services and paid subscriptions. However, you might find that some local channels from home aren’t available in the U.S. If this is the situation you’re in, this guide explains how to watch Arabic TV in the USA with a VPN.

Watching Arabic channels in the U.S. is possible via various American services, but some international websites or streaming services that host Arabic content might be blocked due to regional restrictions.

If you’re trying to access your favorite Arabic TV channels in the U.S. or abroad but are getting an error message, one option is to use a secure VPNlike ExpressVPN — to change your IP address to one in an Arabic-speaking country. Read on to find out which VPNs have servers in Arabic-speaking countries and how to use one to access geoblocked sites.

How to Watch Arabic TV in the USA: Where Can I Find Arabic Content Online?

One option is to subscribe to an Arabic TV package. U.S. livestreaming service Sling TV currently offers three Arabic packages that give you access to a wide variety of Arabic-language channels, including MBC Live, Al Jadeed, LBCI and Al Arabia. The channel availability varies depending on the package you choose, and you also get access to on-demand content with some packages.

An alternative is to subscribe to a service with an international TV service like Dish Network or Xfinity. Both of these services offer Arabic packages that you can add on to your subscription.

You can also subscribe to Shahid, an Arabic streaming service with both live and on-demand content. Al Jadeed and LBCI also have subscription services, as does Rotana+ Arabic TV.

How Can I Get Arabic TV for Free?

Sling TV offers a three-day free trial. Rotana+ Arabic has a seven-day free trial. You can also access various Arabic channels for free on the channel’s websites, like Al Jazeera’s aljazeera.net, which hosts content in Arabic. There’s also an English version of the site.

Another website with an Arabic livestream is MTV (Murr TV — OneTV livestream), though you’ll have to subscribe to watch some content. YouTube is also a great source of free Arabic programming, as it hosts a variety of content from Arabic channels.

In some cases, you might want to access a free Arabic TV channel’s website or a streaming service from the Middle East that’s unavailable in the U.S. If this is the case, you’ll likely receive an error message letting you know that you can’t use the site outside its host country.

This happens due to copyright laws, but, if you ever find yourself the victim of geoblocking, you can use a virtual private network (VPN) with servers in Arabic-speaking countries to bypass the restrictions.

How Does a VPN Help You Unblock Arabic Content Online?

A VPN is a security and privacy tool that works by encrypting your data to hide your online activity and personal information from hackers and snoopers. It’s a worthwhile investment for anybody, but especially for those who travel a lot and use public WiFi networks.

One of the major perks of using a VPN is that it allows you to access blocked content in other countries. When you connect to a VPN server, you are assigned a new IP address in the country you connected to. For example, if you connect to a server in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you’ll get a UAE IP address.

Changing your IP address to one in another country lets you access streaming services and sites in that country. Using our previous example, if you want to access a blocked TV site based in the UAE, you can connect to a server in the UAE.

How to Watch Arabic Shows & Movies on Netflix

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There’s a good selection of Arabic-language movies in the United Arab Emirates Netflix library. 

Netflix is available pretty much worldwide except for in a few select countries, but its library changes depending on the country you’re in. For example, the selection of Arabic-language TV shows on Netflix is different in the United Arab Emirates than it is in Algeria. Some content is the same, but the UAE library has a broader selection of Arabic movies and TV shows.

You can use a VPN to change your IP address and explore different Netflix libraries. Just connect to the location with the Netflix library you want to access and log in to Netflix as normal. For example, if you want to check out Netflix UAE’s selection of Arabic content, connect to a server in the UAE.

How to Watch Arabic Channels Online With a VPN

If you want to access blocked Arabic channels in the USA or explore Arabic content in various Netflix libraries, here’s how to use a VPN to circumvent the geoblocks. 

  1. Get a VPN with Servers in Your Chosen Country

    Pick a reputable VPN that has servers in the country where the channel is based and sign up for a plan on the VPN’s website.

    get expressvpn
  2. Download the VPN

    Follow the prompts to download and install the VPN. Alternatively, find the “download” tab on the website.

    download expressvpn
  3. Connect to a Server

    Select a server in the Arabic-speaking country where the site or streaming service you want to use is based and click “connect.”

    expressvpn algeria
  4. Start Streaming

    Open the website you’re trying to access and start streaming. In this example, we accessed the Algerian Netflix library.

    netflix algeria

The 3 Best VPNs for Watching Arabic TV

If you’d like to explore Arabic content on Netflix in other countries or access live Arabic channels that are blocked in the U.S., you’ll need a reputable VPN service with servers in Arabic-speaking countries. Here are our top recommendations.

1. ExpressVPN

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Our top VPN recommendation, ExpressVPN, has servers in Egypt and Algeria. 

Pros:

  • Unblocks streaming apps
  • Excellent security features
  • Easy to use interface

Cons:

  • Expensive

ExpressVPN is our top streaming VPN recommendation, thanks to its consistency with streaming services, great speeds and ease of use. It always works well with major streaming services like Netflix and has servers in Egypt and Algeria, where Arabic is an official language.

ExpressVPN excels in all areas, though it is one of the pricier options and it doesn’t have a great selection of plans to choose from. To find out more about ExpressVPN, click over to our ExpressVPN review. If you’d like to try it out, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

2. NordVPN

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NordVPN is a good choice for those who want to access blocked UAE content. 

Pros:

  • Very fast global speeds
  • Cheap long-term plans
  • Consistent streaming

Cons:

  • Challenging mobile app

NordVPN is another stellar streaming VPN, and one of its server locations is the United Arab Emirates. This provider has the best average speeds of all our top VPN recommendations and some very affordable two-year plans (with 30-day money-back guarantees) to boot, though its monthly plan is more expensive than ExpressVPN’s.

We also like NordVPN’s desktop user experience with its streamlined world map aesthetic. That said, the world map feels a bit clunky on a mobile device, and it can be easy to wander off track while searching for the server you want. Other than this, we consider NordVPN to be one of the best choices for streaming. Learn more about its streaming capabilities in our NordVPN review.

3. Surfshark

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Surfshark has virtual servers in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt. 

Pros

  • Server in Arabic countries
  • Inexpensive long-term plans
  • Great average speeds

Cons

  • High latency on U.S. servers

Surfshark, which is one of our fastest VPNs along with NordVPN and ExpressVPN (this is very important for streaming) can connect to the United Arab Emirates, Egypt (virtual), Morocco (virtual) and Saudi Arabia (virtual). This diversity is especially useful for those who want to explore these countries’ Netflix libraries.

Surfshark is an inexpensive provider (with a 30-day money-back guarantee) for those who opt for a long-term plan, but — like ExpressVPN and NordVPN — it has an expensive monthly plan. It’s also shown relatively high latency on U.S. servers, so keep this in mind if you plan to game on these servers. Check out our Surfshark review for the full lowdown.

Surfshark Starter
  • Unlimited GB bandwidth, Unlimited devices, Secure VPN, Ad blocker, Cookie pop-up blocker. Plans renew: $231.75 for one year, $417.15 for two years
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited
  • Yes
Surfshark One
  • Everything in Starter, plus Antivirus protection, Identity protection, Email Breach and Credit Card Alerts, Online Alias Plans renew: $239.25 for one year, $430.65 for two years.
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited
Surfshark One+
  • Everything in One, plus Data removal Plans renew: $269.25 for one year, $404.65 for two years
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited

Can I Use a Free VPN to Watch Arabic TV Online?

None of our top three free VPN recommendations — Proton VPN, Windscribe and TunnelBear — have free servers in countries where Arabic is an official language. However, the paid version of Proton VPN has servers in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and Windscribe’s paid plan lets you connect to the United Arab Emirates.

Check out our Proton VPN review, Windscribe review and TunnelBear review if you’d like to know more about these free services.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to find Arabic channels in the U.S., and even if you come across a geoblocked one, a good VPN can sort things out. Don’t forget to pick a provider with servers in the country of the platform you’re trying to access.

Are there any Arabic-language channels you plan to access with a VPN? If so, which ones, and which VPN will you use? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading.

FAQ: Stream Arabic TV From Abroad

  • In the U.S., Sling TV is the best streaming service for Arabic content. Sling TV has a variety of Arabic packages with channels from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon and more. You can also watch Arabic content on Shahid and Rotana+ Arabic TV.

  • Yes. Arabic Roku channels include Rotana+ Arabic TV, Giniko Arabic TV, OnlineArabia and The Arabic Channel.

  • Yes, you can install apps like Rotana+ Arabic TV and Shahid on Apple TV. 

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