As the first country in the region to change its TV broadcasting from analog to digital, we’re watching the digital revolution live in Afghanistan. This change marks a milestone in Afghanistan’s media history.

Afghanistan Broadcasting System, also known as ABS, is an Afghan-owned company who was awarded the license to take Afghanistan’s broadcasting industry to the next level. Since its founding in 2014, ABS has worked with a sense of urgency to construct the infrastructure necessary to launch the digital transmission service. Where previously one analog TV station occupied a frequency, now up to 15 TV channels will be broadcasted in full digital quality on the same frequency, even up to High Definition.

 

What is the difference between digital and analog broadcasting?

With an analog broadcasting system, the TV antennas pick up programs in the form of electromagnetic waves. As a result, signal interference can cause a grainy or distorted picture and muddled audio. Additionally, the technology involved in analog broadcasting is energy-intensive.

In contrast, with digital broadcasting the television programs are transmitted in the form of 1s and 0s, thereby removing distracting interference and audio/visual distortion, along with reducing the amount of energy required in the broadcasting process.

 

ABS is operating and launching its digital services under the name Oqaab

The logo represents Oqaab as a modern, young, and fresh new brand. The Persian “O” shows the head of the eagle. The next letter is a family watching TV. The “B” reflects the remote control in front of the TV and the “Q” in the English Oqaab is the “on”/”off” button of your remote control which reflects the digital “1” and “0”.

 

Packages offered by Oqaab

There are different types of packages that will be offered by Oqaab. The first package is free of charge, with the only expense being the purchase of a digital receiver. All local channels will be available in clear, crisp, digital format.

The other packages will be available as a paid subscription service, in which subscribers will have access to premium regional and Western channels including High Definition TV channels.

With an ABS setup box available from today onwards in the market, everyone can take the digital world into their home. Buy a box, connect the antenna from your TV to the box and then you’re set up to receive all channels in full digital quality.

Oqaab will continue to roll out its digital services all over Afghanistan within the coming years so viewers will have full digital access to the major TV channels all around the country.

    Oqaab is a digital broadcasting service that allows users to see television in digital format. Digital TV is an advanced television format that provides a much better picture and sound quality when compared to traditional analog television. Users will continue to receive local channels for free while, coming soon, expanded premium channels will be offered for a low month fee.

    Using a digital converter box, users will be able to connect their existing television sets in order to receive free digital television. Please return to this website in the near future to learn more on how to acquire your set-top-box.

    For all press related inquiries, please send an email to press@abs.af.

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    1 Dasht-e-Barchi Yaser Mahmod zada Market, 1st Floor 0788144692 8:00-6:00
    2 Kotai Sangi Asia Market, 1st Floor 0786305052 8:00-6:00
    3 Kart-e-Naw Nanwaye bus stop, mobile market, 2nd Floor 0775154021 8:00-6:00
    4 Shahr-e-Naw Master Hewad LTD, 1st Floor 0774411426 8:00-6:00
    5 3Th Makroryan Qazi Plaza, 1th Floor 0700198800 8:00-6:00
    6 Jade Nader Pashton Zarnegar Market, 1st Floor 0794506037 8:00-6:00
    7 Da Afghanan Ghani Zai, 1st Floor 0784568370 8:00-6:00
    8 Sarak Darulaman Passport Department Street, Charai Sae, 1st Floor 0744263890 8:00-6:00
    9 Arzan Qimat Charahi Mamuryat, Opposite to Municipality 12, 2nd Floor 0774183488 7:00-6:00
    10 Pul-e-Sorkh Metro Super Market, 1st Floor 0794400404 7:00-6:00
    11 Sarai Shamali Hofian, 2nd Floor 0788637135 7:00-6:00
    12 Shahr-e-Naw Day technologies 0793333000 8:00-6:00
    13 Jade Nader Pashton Sediq Omer ,1st floor shop no 12 0700010231 8:00-6:00
    14 Froshgah Bakhtar Markit 0786451063 8:00-6:00
    15 Shar-e-Naw City Walk,Wave Technology 0787800888 8:00-6:00
    16 Licye Maryam Zam Zam Market,2nd Floor, Qasr Chini Alamarat – Kabul 0700293092 8:00-6:00
    17 Licye Maryam Haidarzada Market,2nd Floor, Royal Store – Kabul 0799445330 8:00-6:00
    18 licye Maryam Apposite of Bank-e- Milli, Khisht Okhtif,1st Floor, Hashmat Brothers Mobile Store – Kabul 0791444444 8:00-6:00
    19 Company Khaliqi Market,2nd Floor, Mohamd Arif Electronic Store – Kabul 0775505059 8:00-6:00
    20 Dehbori Golayi-e-Dawa Khana, Nabizad Market, 1st Floor, Foroshgah Cristal – Kabul 0783109661 8:00-6:00
    21 Sara-e-Shamali Afsotar Plaza, 1st Floor, Mobile Market,Zemarai Behzad Mobile Sara-e – Kabul 0790888868 8:00-6:00
    22 Arzan Qimat Chaharahi-e- Botkhak,, 1st Floor, Bilal Hilal Mobile store – Kabul 0788335011 8:00-6:00

    Is Oqaab in your area?

    Oqaab is continuously extending its network throughout Afghanistan

    The reception check is the fastest and easiest way to find out if your home is in the Oqaab coverage area.

    Important note: This map will provide you with a basic approximation of the Oqaab coverage area. Please check with the closest Oqaab shop in your area here to confirm if you are able to receive Oqaab.

     

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    Digital Television (in contrast to analogue TV) is like a light switch; either the light is on or off. In short, Oqaab users will either have full reception or no reception. If you experience a black TV screen, first check the placement of your antenna on your roof. When you first install Oqaab, you must make sure that you have placed your antenna correctly. If the picture is going and coming, it means your antenna does not have optimal reception. Please check your receiver menu to find out the quality of the signal. If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Take a look at our map here, to find the nearest Oqaab shop.

    Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    We are sorry to hear that there is an issue. We promise that we will work to solve your problem as soon as possible. Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    It will take you three to five minutes after you open the receiver box.

    • No installation fee

    • Easy to install without a technician

    • You own your receiver and antenna once you purchase them (no monthly rental fee!)

    • Clear digital picture and sound quality, up to High Definition quality

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    With the Oqaab free subscription, users get all important national TV channels, free of charge. Prior to the initiation of its premium service, Oqaab will provide a wide range of international TV channels free of charge. At the launch of Oqaab, users will receive around 70 TV channels free of additional fees.If users choose the paid subscription service (to be launched at a later stage), they will get access to a range of international premium news, sports, documentary, and entertainment channels.

    For a full list of free channels, please click here.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    To receive the digital Oqaab signal, you need the appropriate Oqaab DVB-T2 receiver and an outdoor antenna. If you already have an antenna on your roof, you can simply connect the cable from the antenna directly into your receiver. Click here for detailed instructions. Please be aware that Oqaab is currently not compatible with any cable network or satellite service. If you have cable or satellite, you will need to install an antenna on your roof, with the cable linked to the Oqaab Box.

    To learn more about the DVB-T2 Oqaab Box available at our designated retail outlets, click here.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Within three years, the plan is to provide Oqaab coverage in 20 provinces throughout Afghanistan. Following the service launch in Kabul, expansion will first start in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar, Ghazni, and Jalalabad, followed by the other provinces. Please subscribe to our newsletter so we can inform you about updates in the extension of our network.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    At this stage you don’t need to register for our services – they are all free! If you would like to stay updated on the latest Oqaab developments, please sign up to receive our newsletter.If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Oqaab is currently available free to air only. That means there are no monthly fees for watching your favorite channels. Later in 2015, Oqaab will start a pay-as-you-go TV service which will offer a wide range of international TV channels for a minimal monthly fee. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on any new Oqaab development.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Yes, you can use multiple Oqaab Box. Please keep in mind that you need to purchase a separate Box unit for each TV in the household. These receivers can be connected to a single antenna on your roof. You do not need multiple antennas. You can cable from receiver to receiver as each receiver has an input and an output.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Currently there is no subscription fee for any of the Oqaab channels. You can receive all channels free to air. Later this year, Oqaab will introduce premium pay TV services.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

    Please access the following link for instructional videos and images about installation of Oqaab, here.

    If you have further questions, Oqaab is happy to assist you! Call us anytime at 880. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can email us at support@oqaab.af or use our Live Chat option.

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    As the first country in the region to change its TV broadcasting from analog to digital, we’re watching the digital revolution live in Afghanistan. This change marks a milestone in Afghanistan’s media history.

    Afghanistan Broadcasting System, also known as ABS, is an Afghan-owned company who was awarded the license to take Afghanistan’s broadcasting industry to the next level. Since its founding in 2014, ABS has worked with a sense of urgency to construct the infrastructure necessary to launch the digital transmission service. Where previously one analog TV station occupied a frequency, now up to 15 TV channels will be broadcasted in full digital quality on the same frequency, even up to High Definition.

     

    What is the difference between digital and analog broadcasting?

    With an analog broadcasting system, the TV antennas pick up programs in the form of electromagnetic waves. As a result, signal interference can cause a grainy or distorted picture and muddled audio. Additionally, the technology involved in analog broadcasting is energy-intensive.

    In contrast, with digital broadcasting the television programs are transmitted in the form of 1s and 0s, thereby removing distracting interference and audio/visual distortion, along with reducing the amount of energy required in the broadcasting process.

     

    ABS is operating and launching its digital services under the name Oqaab

    The logo represents Oqaab as a modern, young, and fresh new brand. The Persian “O” shows the head of the eagle. The next letter is a family watching TV. The “B” reflects the remote control in front of the TV and the “Q” in the English Oqaab is the “on”/”off” button of your remote control which reflects the digital “1” and “0”.

     

    Packages offered by Oqaab

    There are different types of packages that will be offered by Oqaab. The first package is free of charge, with the only expense being the purchase of a digital receiver. All local channels will be available in clear, crisp, digital format.

    The other packages will be available as a paid subscription service, in which subscribers will have access to premium regional and Western channels including High Definition TV channels.

    With an ABS setup box available from today onwards in the market, everyone can take the digital world into their home. Buy a box, connect the antenna from your TV to the box and then you’re set up to receive all channels in full digital quality.

    Oqaab will continue to roll out its digital services all over Afghanistan within the coming years so viewers will have full digital access to the major TV channels all around the country.

     

    This is Oqaab

    Oqaab is the first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network to serve the Afghan market.

    Oqaab is broadcasting the most popular national and international channels, including those TV channels available in full High Definition.

    If you are within the coverage area (please check here), your Oqaab receiver allows you to view all national Afghan TV stations in crisp, clear digital quality, free of charge. You can purchase an Oqaab receiver at these select retailers, here.

    Once you have your Oqaab receiver, you don’t need a new antenna. Simply connect your old antenna to your Oqaab receiver and begin enjoying digital TV. Detailed installation instructions can be found here.

    As for what to watch once you are set up, a full channel list can be found here.

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    Enjoy 70 national and international channels in up to full HD quality with no monthly charge. Get your Oqaab digital receiver today.

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    Channel Number TV Channel Quality Language Category/Group
    1 Quran TV HD Arabic Religious
    2 Sunnah TV HD Arabic Religious
    3 RTA SD Dari/Pashto General Entertainment
    4 RTA News SD Dari/Pashto News
    5 Shamshad SD Pashto General Entertainment
    6 Khurshid SD Dari General Entertainment
    7 Khawar SD Dari General Entertainment
    8 1TV SD Dari General Entertainment
    9 ZNews SD Urdu News
    10 B4U Movie SD Urdu Movies
    11 BBC Persian SD Farsi News
    12 Maha Movie SD Urdu Movie
    13 Afghanistan 24 SD Dari General Entertainment
    14 Noor TV SD Dari General Entertainment
    15 Jahanoma SD Tajiki General Entertainment
    16 Trace Sport Star SD English Sport
    17 DW TV SD Farsi News
    18 Shara Filmy SD Urdo Movie
    19 Tamadon SD Dari General Entertainment
    20 3Sport SD Dari Sport
    21 TRT Turk SD Turky News
    22 MBC4 SD English Movie
    23 Music India SD Urdo Music
    24 AMC SD Dari Music
    25 RT Documnetry SD English Documentary
    26 Paigham Pashto TV HD Pashto Religious
    27 Cinema TV SD Urdo Music
    28 Mahshal TV SD Dari General Entertainment
    29 Safina SD Tajik General Entertainment
    30 Imroz SD Dari Religious
    31 Afghanistan Man SD Dari General Entertainment
    32 CGTN News SD English News
    33 WOW Cinema SD Urdo Movie
    34 Negah SD Dari General Entertainment
    35 Gem Life SD Farsi General Entertainment
    36 PMC SD Farsi Music
    37 10 TV SD Dari Music
    38 Maarif TV SD Dari Educational
    39 Hades TV SD Dari/Pashto Religious
    40 2 TV SD Dari Music and Movie
    41 Tajikistan SD Tajik General Entertainment
    42 Peace TV HD HD English Religious
    43 Rubix SD Farsi Drama/Movie
    44 BBC World News SD English News
    45 VOA Persian SD Farsi News
    46 Aljazeera English SD English News
    47 Franc 24 SD English News
    48 Russia Today SD English News
    49 Press TV SD English News
    50 Zee Salam SD Urdo General Entertainment
    51 Aljazeera Arabic SD Arabic News
    52 Manoto TV SD Farsi General Entertainment
    53 MBC 2 SD English Movie
    54 MBC Max SD English Movie
    55 MBC Bollywood SD Urdo Movie
    56 GEM Food SD Farsi Cooking
    57 River SD Farsi Movie/Drama
    58 Gem Bollywood SD Farsi Drama/Movie
    59 Euro News Persian SD Farsi News
    60 Z ETC SD Urdo Music
    61 IRINN SD Farsi News
    62 Zing SD Urdo Music
    63 B4U Music SD Urdu Music
    64 Warzish Sport SD Tajiki Sport
    65 Dubai Sport 3 SD Arabic Sport
    66 MBC 3 Cartoon SD Arabic Cartoon
    67 Gem Junior SD Farsi Cartoon
    68 Hum TV SD Urdo General Entertainment
    69 CCNi SD English News
    70

     

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    1. Coverage check:

      First, check to see if there is an Oqaab digital signal in your area here.

    2. Store locator:

      Locate the closest store location, in order to purchase your Oqaab receiver here.

    3. Install the receiver:

      Take a look at the easy installation guide or watch the instructional videos here.

     

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