March 20, 2007 04:30 ET

Simply Media Partners With JumpTV to Bring Internet-Delivered International Television to UK Homes

Partnership to Make International Internet TV Content Available on Traditional Television Sets in the UK

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- Simply Media, a leading digital entertainment provider that produces, aggregates and distributes video content over multiple platforms, has partnered with JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV), the world's leading broadcaster of ethnic television over the Internet, to provide international television channels to subscribers of its new Internet Protocol set-top box, "Simply TV."

Simply Media will carry many of JumpTV's channels from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East; including top channels from Romania, Bangladesh, Turkey and Pakistan, amongst others. The channels will be offered in both country and region-specific bundles, as well as individually.

Simply Media, co-founded by media entrepreneurs Mike Luckwell and CEO Henry Scott, operates more than 25 digital television channels, including 5 satellite channels, and brings the best in online entertainment to a wide audience via its web portal. Simply is extending its offering by launching an IPTV powered set-top box to truly integrate the promise of Internet television, with the ease of a traditional cable television-like offering.

Simply Media plans to aggressively market the Simply TV set-top box service through targeted advertising to ethnic audiences on and offline. Simply TV users will have the option to subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis when they purchase a set-top box.

CEO of Simply Media, Henry Scott, said, "By combining JumpTV's content with our leading set-top box technology, we've made it possible to watch the best international TV over the internet in UK living rooms with just a broadband connection. Tight-knit communities continue to drive Internet TV popularity which is why high-affinity, hard-to-find content is so pivotal to our offering."

He added, "We are impressed by JumpTV's vast content library and feel that the millions of expatriates living in the UK will leap at the chance to subscribe to these television channels in a traditional living room setting."

The news closely follows the launch of Simply Media's new set-top box product in the UK, which will carry JumpTV content alongside Simply Media's own content such as entertainment and celebrity gossip channel Avenue 11.

"IPTV is the future of broadcasting and bringing IP-based content to traditional television sets is the ultimate goal for any IPTV entrant. We believe that Simply TV has developed a unique turnkey solution for the ethnic audience that JumpTV targets as it provides the user with the flexibility to surf the Internet, make phone calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and watch both traditional and IPTV," said Mark David, global head of sales at JumpTV.

David added, "JumpTV sees partnering with Simply Media as the next evolution in our distribution strategy and we are confident that this joint venture will help prove the promise of IPTV by providing hundreds of our channels to users who are less computer-centric."

Simply TV is first to make its set top box product available to customers in the UK, with launch targeted for Spring 2007. The Simply TV box is WiFi-enabled and works with any broadband Internet Service Provider.

Television package pricing ranges from £3.99 - £19.99 a month.

About Simply Media

1. Simply Global, part of the Simply Media group, is responsible for development of the IPTV set top box platform.

2. Simply Media ( is one of the UK's leading digital entertainment providers. The company produces, aggregates and distributes video content across multiple platforms. The company operates more than 25 digital TV channels and is bringing the best online video entertainment to a wider audience via its web portal and IPTV platform. The company currently distributes thousands of hours of programming over satellite, cable and broadband internet.

3. Clients include Emap, iVillage, Yahoo!, Pokerzone, Time Life and DD Home Entertainment. The company also produces and owns a number of media properties including The Baby Channel, a joint venture with RDF Media, and Avenue 11, a daily entertainment news service available exclusively on

About JumpTV

JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) is the world's leading broadcaster of ethnic television over the Internet. With over 280 channels from 70+ countries, JumpTV delivers its subscribers full-screen news, sports and entertainment content on a real-time basis from all corners of the globe. JumpTV has subscribers in over 100 countries who view channels on the JumpTV online network via high-speed Internet connections on their home computers, laptops, Internet-enabled televisions and mobile phones.

Forward-looking statement

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.

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Contact Information

  • JUMPTV PR / IR Contacts
    North America:
    Lewis Goldberg
    KCSA Worldwide
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    Jeff Goldberger
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    Simply Media PR Contacts
    Matthew Halfin
    Simply Media
    Alex Mackey
    +44-207 608 8661Catullus Consulting
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    +44 20 7736 2938
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    Narda Shirley
    Gong Communications
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