Watch Live TV from Afghanistan
Television was first introduced in 1964, when state-owned Radio Television Afghanistan established the channel RTA TV. After the completion of feasibility study under grant aidfrom Japan, construction work of the studio and transmitter buildings were finished by August 1978. During the 1980s, many Soviet programs were airing such as the children’s show Nu, pogodi!.
In April 1992 President Najibullah was forced to resign, and the country was taken over by the various mujahideen forces. This period became the start of a civil war and the sudden decline of television in Afghanistan. Between 1996 and late 2001, television was strictly banned by the Taliban. It became a crime to sell televisions, satellite dishes, VCRs, DVD players or any other such entertainment devices. Anyone owning or using these faced prosecution and penalty. The national RTA TV was shut down. Despite the ban, some people secretly watched films and videos in their homes.