JumpTV adds three more ethnic channels


Toronto-based JumpTV has added three more broadcast television channels to its internet distribution portfolio, taking the total number of live channels on offer to 223.

Signing with JumpTV are:

  • Tanzania's Channel 10, airing local news and entertainment
  • Madagascar's TV Plus, carrying political debates as well as local news and entertainment
  • Russia's State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR).

Each channel is offered at $9.95 per month. JumpTV said Channel 10 and TV Plus would probably be part of a bundle of East African channels at a later date; RTR's international channel, Planeta, would probably become part of a larger bundle of Russian channels.

JumpTV's ethnic channels are from 68 countries around the world. JumpTV has subscribers in more than 80 countries.

Channels are offered on a real-time basis though JumpTV says it is working on video-on-demand, pay-per-view and digital TV recorder download options.

JumpTV pays broadcasters' set-up costs in joining the platform, and offers the chance to create new revenues from existing content.

Commenting on its deal with JumpTV, RTR Planeta's head of foreign relations Sergei Koshliakov said: "As internet protocol television (IPTV) continues to gain momentum, we are confident that JumpTV's distribution platform and business model will give RTR the competitive edge to attract a significant user base from the millions of potential viewers living in the Russian diaspora."

Lovelace Consulting  |  09.10.2006

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