Archive for March 11th, 2007

Press realease from JumpTV: JumpTV Signs 10 New Exclusive Channels

Internet Television Broadcaster Adds Channels in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa

TORONTO, March 6, 2007 – JumpTV Inc. (AIM, TSX: JTV) (www.jumptv.com), the world’s leading broadcaster of television over the Internet, announced today that it has signed 10 new exclusive internet broadcast agreements with channels from Thailand, India, Croatia, U.A.E., Botswana and Madagascar, expanding its network to 280 channels under license.

The channels signed are:

-ATVM H+ (Thailand)
-ABTV Channel 5 (Thailand)
-ABTV Channel 6 (Thailand)
-Makkal TV (India)
-Win TV (India)
-Tamilan TV (India)
-Otvorena Televizija Zagreb (OTV) (Croatia)
-Hawas TV (UAE)
-Gaborone Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) (Botswana)
-Malagasy Broadcasting System (MBS) (Madagascar)

The 10 new channels are expected to be individually priced at US$9.95 per month when launched and may be included in future language- or region-specific channel bundles.

Commenting on the partnership with JumpTV, Mirko Korušić, general director of OTV Croatia said, “We see an enormous opportunity by partnering with JumpTV. There are millions of Croatians living away from home with no access to our content. Now, with just a broadband connection, these people can watch our popular political programs, news coverage and sporting events wherever they are in the world.”

“There are millions of Thai, Indian, Croatian, Botswana and Malagasy people living around the world. For most, the only way they will be able to keep up with the latest news, music, sports and entertainment from home will be through JumpTV,” said Sila Celik, head of content acquisition and global operations at JumpTV. “By adding these new channels we expand our offering and make our service more relevant to these international communities looking to link back to their respective homes.”

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, president and chief executive officer of JumpTV International stated, “We understand that our subscribers want choices. When they access JumpTV’s television content, from either JumpTV.com or an affiliate partner like Terra.com or Maktoob.com, they have come to expect the most extensive library of international content on the Internet. That’s what these and many other new channels offer: an ever-expanding universe of choice that harnesses the power of the Internet.”

source: iafrica.com

Fri, 09 Mar 2007

Norway’s royal palace ran the risk of being sold cheap on the auction website eBay when a hoax advertisement offered it for one dollar, media reported on Thursday.

“Cheap! The royal palace of a young monarchy, just 102 years old, is on sale,” the offer read and it had already fetched a bid of $99 999 999 before being taken down on Thursday morning.

“At the moment, the castle is in Norway but it can be moved to another country whenever. The King and Queen are not included in the price, but I am sure that they would move with the Royal Palace,” it added.

According to media reports the anonymous ad featuring a picture of the stately yellow building was still posted on eBay on Wednesday evening and was to run until March 14.

The Norwegian royal palace in the centre of the capital Oslo was built in 1849 and is the residence and workplace of King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Contacted to AFP, the royal palace’s spokesperson declined to comment on the case.