SOURCE: JumpTV Inc.

December 11, 2007 02:00 ET

JumpTV Partners With AETN International and Endemol to Stream Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and French Series via Video On Demand

Internet Television Broadcaster Will Stream Globally-Recognized Series in North America and Western Europe

TORONTO--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - JumpTV Inc. (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) (www.jumptv.com), a leader in broadcasting international television and sports over the Internet, announced that it has signed agreements with Endemol and AETN International, a division of A&E Television Networks (AETN), to carry several globally-recognized series on demand via JumpTV.com and JumpTV's network of sub-licensee sites.

JumpTV will carry Endemol's Russian production of "Deal or No Deal" - one of the company's most recognized titles - throughout North America.

Through an agreement with AETN International, JumpTV's broadband VOD service will also offer paid long form content from The History Channel® and A&E® Network libraries, including the series, "Mysteries of the Bible", "Ancient Mysteries", "The History of Sex", "Weapons at War" and "Modern Marvels." These programs will be available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and will be carried in territories where sizable immigrant communities for each language reside. The programming offered by AETN International will be geo-blocked.

The programs will be offered via a combination of free-to-consumer (ad supported), pay per view and subscription models, with paid services ranging from $0.49 per episode to $5.99 for a series of episodes. The content will also be co-marketed with JumpTV's live, sports and VOD content from Portugal, Spain, Latin America, Russia and the Ukraine.

"Deal or No Deal" is one of the most popular shows on television in North America and we believe our Russian version is set to become a big hit within the USA's sizeable Russian-speaking community" said Michiel de Gooijer, Business Development Manager at Endemol.

On the Endemol content, Jeff Maser, VP Corporate Development of JumpTV, noted, "There are more Russian-speaking viewers residing outside the former Soviet republics, collectively, than within some of the Soviet republics themselves. Moreover, we marvel at the fact that, in Toronto, Canada, there are at least 16 video stores that focus on renting Russian TV shows - just one of many North American cities where large Russian expatriate communities reside."

"AETN International's catalog covers a wide range of topics including ancient and contemporary history, military history, crime, technology and religion. These genres have proved popular with audiences across platforms," he continued.

"We're excited to work with Jump TV to broaden the distribution of our video-on-demand programming. Our branded content is broadcast in over 137 countries and 20 languages, and we continue to strategically extend that content to new communities, including ex -pats," said Sean Cohan, Senior Vice President, International, AETN.

G Scott Paterson, Executive Chairman of JumpTV commented, "We continue to add partnerships with world class media producers such as Endemol and AETN International to monetize with them their content on a global basis to viewers that value the availability of such content in multiple languages".

The shows will premiere on the JumpTV network of web sites later this Fall.

About Endemol

Endemol is a global leader in television and other audiovisual entertainment. The Company creates premium entertainment ideas and sells them to the world's leading broadcasters. Endemol then produces these shows to the highest standards, creating hits with strong brand value. Subsequently, the company exploits the value of its brands across other media and communications platforms, including, for example, mobile phones and the Internet. Endemol, with its head office in Hilversum, the Netherlands, now has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 25 countries, including the UK, the US, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Latin America, India, South Africa and Australia. For more information, please visit www.endemol.com.

About AETN International:

A division of A&E Television Networks, AETN International markets the quality programming and proven success of The History Channel®, A&E®, The Biography Channel®, Crime & Investigation Network™ and The History Channel HD™ overseas. Through innovative local partnerships and affiliates, AETN International has expanded the presence of AETN channels and branded blocks around the world. In addition to licensing AETN channels, AETN International handles syndicated sales, format sales and short form sales for broadband and mobile of programs from the A&E and The History Channel catalog to international broadcasters. AETN channels and programs are now available in more than 137 countries to over 240 million TV households. AETN International has offices in New York, London and Singapore. The AETN International website is located at www.AETNinternational.com.

About JumpTV

JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) is a leading distributor of live international television and sports over the Internet. With more than 300 television channels from 75+ countries and more than 175 partnerships with sports teams and leagues, JumpTV delivers full-screen sports, news and entertainment content on a real-time basis from all corners of the globe to computers, Internet-enabled television sets, IP set-top-boxes and cell phones with browser access. For more information, visit www.jumptv.com.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:

    For AETN International:
    Kerri Tarmey
    +1 212 551 1504
    Email Contact

    For Endemol:
    Charlie Gardner
    +44 (0) 7977 075 643
    Email Contact

    For JumpTV:
    Lewis Goldberg
    KCSA Worldwide
    T: 1.212.896.1216
    Email Contact