Public Access Television
Israel has three public access television stations, Channels 1, 2, and 10. Everyone with a television in Israel has automatic access to these three stations.
Cable and Satellite Television
In addition to publically available TV stations, Israel has both cable and satellite TV providers that offer packages of hundreds of Israeli and international television stations.
When signing up for cable or satellite TV, you are usually required to pay a one-time setup fee, as well as a deposit on the satellite/cable box. There is also a surcharge for each additional box you wish to have.
Companies often have deals for for students, Olim Chadashim, and soldiers, so make sure to ask when you sign up!
TV Tax (Agra)
In Israel, there is a mandatory Television Tax (אגרה- Agra) of 375 NIS, paid to the Israeli Broadcasting Association every year, for everyone household who owns a television – regardless of its use.
Olim Chadashim are entitled to a one year discount from this tax, provided that the television is purchased within the first two years of Aliyah.
On 31 March 2015, the TV Tax is set to abolished.
How to obtain a discount on the Television Tax for Olim Chadashim:
- Fax a letter of request, with a copy of your Teudat Zehut and address, to *6688;
What to do if you are incorrectly charged the Television Tax:
- If you do not have a television: fax a letter stating you do not have a television each time you receive the bill to *6688.
- If you are billed for time before you moved into your apartment: fax a letter stating your entry date to your apartment, and a copy of your lease agreement to *6688.
Israel Broadcast Authority
Streaming Hulu, Netflix, and Other Online Content
Why pay for TV or Cable when you can watch what you want online for free? Not just do most Israeli tv stations offer free streaming from their websites, with a bit of work you can also legally access US streaming services like Hulu or Netflix.
For an always up-to-date guide to streaming blocked content overseas, read this article on Lifehacker.