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Al Jazeera ‘piece of cake’

22 November 2006 – Cable provider Essent was the first to distribute the English-language Al Jazeera International on Dutch cable. In Amsterdam, the channel will not be available until January, if at all.

A week ago, Al Jazeera International has been launched. It is the English-language version of the television channel from Qatar, known among other things for broadcasting Ossama bin Laden’s video messages, as well as footage from the Iraq war.

An Essent representative had met someone from Al Jazeera at a congress in Vienna, and had told him that the cable provider would like to carry the new channel. Al Jazeera was immediately enthusiastic. “It was a piece of cake”, says Essent spokesperson Jeroen Brouwer. Essent does not have to pay Al Jazeera for distributing the channel.

Essent is active in a large part of the Netherlands, but not in the urban Randstad area, where one might perhaps expect more interest in Al Jazeera. Brouwer: “We will not attract hundreds of thousands of viewers with this, but that is not necessary”.

“Research among customers has revealed an interest in high-quality international news channels. People do not want to see the world only through the eye of CNN”. Al Jazeera has been included in a digital TV package, costing 8.95 euro per month.

In Amsterdam, Al Jazeera International is not available on cable yet, but provider UPC is seriously considering carrying the network. UPC makes changes in its package only four times per year. This means that the new channel may be included in January.

However, spokesperson Mark Zellenrath emphasises that a decision has yet to be taken, and that negotiations with Al Jazeera will have to take place first. These will concern among other things the handling of copyrights.

In any case, the channel will not be offered to subscribers to ‘normal’ analogous cable TV, among other things because UPC wants to make digital TV more attractive. Earlier, the company was criticised for the aggressive way in which it tries to sell digital TV.

Because of the fierce competition among digital TV providers, UPC declines to reveal how many Amsterdammers have subscribed to its digital TV. Nationally, 425,000 have done so, which is about twenty percent of all UPC cable subscribers.

UPDATE 23 November 2006 - Media observer Mauzz comments that Al Jazeera International can easily be received free of charge through a satellite dish.


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