SOURCE: JumpTV

June 12, 2007 02:00 ET

JumpTV Signs Content Distribution Agreement With Arab Telemedia Services

Internet Television Broadcaster to Carry Over 4,000 Hours of Top-Rated Arabic TV Series and Dramas on an Exclusive Basis Globally

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - JumpTV Inc. (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) (www.jumptv.com), the world's leading broadcaster of ethnic television over the Internet, has signed a three-year exclusive agreement with Arab Telemedia Services (www.arabtelemedia.net) (ATS) of Jordan to carry its entire library and new productions of leading Arabic-language content on a video on demand (VoD) basis.

The agreement provides JumpTV the exclusive IPTV rights to stream ATS' television programming 24 hours after initial broadcast to viewers globally.

With a library of over 4,000 hours, ATS owns one of the largest independent collections of Arabic-language programming in the Middle East. Key titles include the well-known "Road to Kabul," "Scheherazade," "Hajjaj," "Abna Al-Rasheed," "Thee Qar" and other award-winning television series. This content will also be widely available through JumpTV on official JumpTV distribution partner platforms such as Joost, MSN Arabia, Terra Networks, Maktoob and others.

"We selected JumpTV as our exclusive IPTV partner due to their unique ability to cross-promote our content with their extensive portfolio of live, Arabic channels. Most importantly, JumpTV has proven an ability to draw viewers on a frequent and recurring basis through the www.JumpTV.com site and their network of official distribution partners," said Talal A. Awamleh, chief executive officer of Arab Telemedia Services.

"Video on demand is a booming category in the television industry in general and for JumpTV in particular, and we believe that this partnership reinforces JumpTV's leadership in bringing Arabic-language programming on a VoD basis to a global audience," said Kaleil Isaza, president and chief operating officer of JumpTV. "There is a proven market for short-term rentals of individual shows and given ATS' quality of programming, we expect to see a great deal of interest in this offering."

"There are over 250 million Arabic-speaking individuals worldwide and 30 million living in OECD countries, where broadband adoption is widespread yet access to Arabic content is limited. Collectively, Arabs are the largest consumers of international cable and satellite channels in the United States after Latin Americans, providing JumpTV with a large potential market for ATS content on both a subscription and ad-supported basis," said Bassam Hajawi, chairman of JumpTV's Middle East & North Africa group.

Content from the ATS library will be available via JumpTV as single programs for a 24-hour rental, monthly packages and as complementary content in bundles with JumpTV's 50+ live Farsi and Arabic channels.

About JumpTV

Live Television From Around the World -- online, anytime, anywhere.

JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) is the world's leading distributor of live Internet television. With over 290 TV channels from 75+ countries, JumpTV delivers full-screen news, sports and entertainment content on a real-time basis from all corners of the globe to computers, Internet-enabled TV sets, IP set-top-boxes and cell phones with browser access.

www.jumptv.com

About Arab Telemedia Services

Arab Telemedia Services (ATS) is one of the largest independent TV production companies in the Middle East. Since 1983, ATS has produced more than 4,000 hours of drama and other well-known programs such as "Road to Kabul," "Scheherazade," "Hajjaj," "Ors al Saqer," "Sham Sharif," and "Akher Ayam al tout."

In 2004, ATS completed a purpose-built facilities and executive offices centre fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology enabling it to offer a "one stop shop" to producers and broadcasters from around the world. ATS can now cater to producers' needs every step of the way; from the initial research and script-writing through shooting, editing, dubbing, subtitling... to duplication of final transmission tapes. The company can offer a full spectrum of program production, studio broadcasting services, post-production adaptation/dubbing/subtitling and management consultancy.

The company retains full-time research teams with in-depth knowledge of the region, bilingual scriptwriters in both English and Arabic, video crews, editors, fully equipped dubbing suites, and a fully equipped studio of 400 m2 at the headquarters building. Fortified with these resources, ATS can provide a diversified bouquet of works such as historical, social, Bedouin and dubbed dramas, comedies, animations, documentaries, religious and children's programs.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements herein may constitute forward-looking statements, including those identified by the expressions "may", "will", "should", "could", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "potential", "expect", "intent" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Company or its managements. These statements reflect the Company's current expectations and are based on information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" contained in the Company's prospectus (admission document) dated August 1, 2006 and the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" contained in the Company's final short form prospectus dated February 19, 2007. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Contact Information

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