|Launched||15 February 1993|
|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
Future Television (Arabic: ? , Televiziyon al-Mustaqbal) is a Lebanese free-to-air television station founded in 1993 by Rafik Hariri, a former Prime Minister of Lebanon. Future TV is also available via satellite in the Arab World, European Union, United States, Canada, and Australia. Politically, the channel supports the views of the Future Movement. The channel has also a sister channel, Future News. Future Television was forced into closing on May 9, during the 2008 Lebanon conflict. After moving its broadcasting headquarters, the station was back on the air on May 13 at 4:30 p.m (Lebanese Local Time). On May 16, the station went back to its original offices.
Future Television is a Lebanese owned and operated company founded in 1993. First launched in Lebanon on February 15, 1993, Future Television, although the youngest of the Lebanese stations back then, became the nation's fastest growing station.
On October 1994, Future Television started a trial satellite broadcasting over the footprint of Arabsat 1D. The testing period lasted two months and . Shortly after, Future International was launched on the Arabsat 2A transponder.
In 1996, in compliance with the new Lebanese audio visual law, Future Television restructured its ownership. Future Television presently has around 90 new shareholders, all from the Lebanese business, social and media elite.
Future TV has produced many popular programs including SuperStar (Arabic version of Pop Idol), La Youmal (a comedy/skit show), Miss Elite Top Model, El Halka AlAd'af (Arabic version of The Weakest Link), El Fakh (Arabic version of The Trap) & Alakhbar (News & weather) which is usually broadcast daily on different times in Arabic, English, French, and even Armenian.
Its most famous talk show is Sireh wo infatahit ? ? (Arabic for Open for Discussion) hosted by Zaven Kouyoumdjian. The show, which discusses various social and political issues, is thought to be the highest rating talk show in the Arab World.
Future TV's longest running show is Khaleek bill bait ? (Arabic for Stay at Home) hosted by Zahi Wehbe. The show interviews artists and intellectuals from the Arab World. The show used to be co-hosted by Shahnaz Abdallah.
A new show called "Transit" presented by talented anchor Najat Sharafeddine airing Sunday nights on Future Television is competing with a lot of other "Media Talk shows" aired on Lebanese and Middleastern TV corporations.