AlDiyarsat pacts with Jump TV

AlDiyarsat, one of Iraq’s largest news channels, has inked a deal with online broadcaster Jump TV, it announced Monday. The joint venture means the trial of Saddam Hussein will be available to viewers all around the world.

“We’re the only ones carrying it live and uncensored around the clock,” said Jump TV veep of acquisitions Marcus Stuart.

The trial, as well as AlDiyarsat’s other news content, will be available to auds around the world via its Web site for a monthly subscription. Jump TV is putting up the upfront infrastructure costs.

The partnership “will enable us to tap into the rapidly growing Internet television boom,” the Iraqi satcaster’s general manager, Faisal Al-Yasin, told Daily Variety.

Since the fall of Saddam, the Internet has been hugely popular in Iraq, allowing unfettered access to material from around the world to a population long used to state restrictions. Internet cafes are big business in Baghdad, with new sites popping up almost weekly across the city.

Online TV distrib Jump is expanding rapidly across the Middle East. Company has already inked 15 deals in different territories, including one with Al-Jazeera.

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