Al Jazeera English channel plans to launch in Indian DTH serivce provides

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New Delhi: Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network today announced the launch of its news channel Al Jazeera English across India on Dish TV and plans to tie-up with other direct-to-home (DTH) platforms to spread its reach.

The network is also considering launching a Hindi news channel in the country.

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“Al Jazeera English has just completed five years internationally and to announce its national launch in India is a significant step forward given the potential of the market here,” Al Jazeera English Managing Director Al Anstey told reporters in New Delhi.

The launch on Dish TV will enable Al Jazeera English to reach out to 11.7 million households across India as a free-to-air channel, he added.

“We are also in conversation with other DTH players such as Tata Sky, airtel digital TV and Videocon and will soon be rolling out the channel on other platforms, including cable,” Anstey said.

When asked about the channel’s revenue model in India, he said: “The focus at the moment is to build the brand here before we look at revenue opportunities, including advertising.”

Given the large number of Hindi speaking audience in the country, the network is also mulling a local language channel for India.

“We are certainly considering a Hindi channel. It is being discussed but cannot provide details on the timeline as this is something that we are still evaluating,” he said.

He said the network has already launched a 24-hour Al-Jazeera Balkan channel for the erstwhile Yugoslavia region and plans to launch a Turkish language channel next year.

“We will also consider bringing other sports and documentary channels from our network to India,” he said without giving details.

Besides enhancing distribution, the network is also strengthening news gathering capabilities in the country.

Al Jazeera had set up a news office in India five years back and currently has a team of around eight journalists and 60 stringers across the country to gather content and news for its international feed.

The channel will continue to broadcast the international feed and also showcase India specific news stories of global relevance and interest.

Launched in 2006, Al Jazeera English has over 70 bureaus across the world and reaches out to 250 million households in 130 countries.
Al jazeera is expanding its viewership... and if they launch a channel in hindi for indian viewers as told in the report, then it will help them more in increasing their viewer base... :tup
Yes it is,next is adtv to add it but as usual dish tv was first. ;)
dish tv reaches largest number of households in India, International channels are well aware... :tup
Yes,it is.No one can go near it too. ;)

Some crap says it is worst but it isn't.They get jelous by its service so tell like that. :D
May be, but dish tv regional channel reach is the best,be it any category : Bangla, Odia, North east etc... thats why people in India has first choice of dish tv in dth services.. :tup
Yes in past the PQ was not so good of dish tv but now it too solved. ;)
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