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AJ+ launches on Apple TV

Al Jazeera has launched a version of its youth-focused mobile news service AJ+ for Apple TV. Al Jazeera said the new digital experience marks AJ+’s “first step in making content available through an app on the big screen.” Since its inception in September 2014 AJ+ has focused solely on native mobile and social distribution, though […]

‘Unsustainable’ Al Jazeera America to shut down

Al Jazeera America will close its cable and digital operations in the coming months, citing an unsustainable business model. Announcing the decision yesterday, Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey said that the US network would cease operating by April 30 – less than three years after its launch. In an email to all employees, Anstey […]

BeIN Media boosts entertainment ambitions with Front Row deal

Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Media Group has signed a first-run output deal with Middle East film distributor Front Row Entertainment as it continues to diversify its offering an up its portfolio of entertainment content. The five-year deal will see BeIN Media acquired rights to titles including It Follows, Snowden, Deephan and Free Fire. Front Row managing […]

Al Jazeera launches new mobile apps

Al Jazeera has launched new Android and iOS apps providing a personal news-feed and curated home screens as well as push notifications for breaking news. The apps which are available for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic will provide breaking news alerts and special coverage notifications with a curated home screen which highlights top […]

Al Jazeera English joins new Apple TV

Al Jazeera English has joined the new Apple TV platform, providing news and programmes on-demand as well as 24-hour access to the channel’s live video stream. Users will be able to save videos for later viewing, access all saved content from the Watch List, have 24-hour access to Al Jazeera’s live video stream and follow […]

beIN launches movie and entertainment channels in MENA

Sports and entertainment network beIN has expanded its platform with the launch of a range of movie and entertainment channels in the Middle East and North Africa. Announcing the move, beIN said that it is launching 24 entertainment channels in HD and that the company is positioning itself as a “comprehensive pay TV entertainment player” […]

AJ+ passes one billion milestone

Al Jazeera’s digital-only news platform AJ+ has passed the milestone of one billion online video views a year since its inception in September 2014. Al Jazeera provided a breakdown of the service’s views. Facebook video views numbered 1,016,062,889, including 432,653,724 views of over 30 seconds. YouTube views, on the other hand, numbered over 28 million, […]

Al Jazeera changes frequencies on Nilesat

Al Jazeera Media Network is moving the frequency of its channels on the Nilesat platform for the whole Middle East and North Africa region. From October 1, the broadcaster will remove its channels from 10992V and 11636V frequencies and move to 10971V. The affected channels include Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Mubasher, […]

beIN takes control of Asia channels

Sports channel operator beIN Media has taken full control of its channels in Asia. The channels group has bought out its former joint venture partner, giving it full ownership of the beIN Sports services in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The nets launched in the region in 2013 and were previously run as […]

Al Jazeera names AJ+ chief

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has named Dima Khatib as managing director of its digital-only news platform AJ+. Khatib joined Al Jazeera in 1997 as a broadcast journalist in Doha and later became a news producer. She has also been responsible for setting up Al Jazeera bureaus in China and Venezuela. AJ+ disseminates news via channels including […]