SOURCE: JumpTV Inc.

August 28, 2007 01:50 ET

Tiscali Partners With JumpTV to Bring Internet Television to Millions in the UK

Partnership to Make International TV Content Available on One of the UK's Leading Portals

TORONTO and LONDON--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - Tiscali UK, the broadband telecom and media company, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with JumpTV (TSX: JTV) (AIM: JTV), a leader in broadcasting international television and sports over the Internet. Tiscali will broadcast JumpTV's library of live, international television on the Tiscali UK portal (www.tiscali.co.uk).

Through the partnership, JumpTV has deployed its proprietary video players -- called "Jumpers" -- on the Tiscali UK portal. Found within the broadband entertainment section of the site, the television content is listed by region, language and country.

JumpTV distributes content from popular TV channels in Pakistan, India, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Lebanon and more than 70 other countries around the world. Tiscali users in the UK will be able to subscribe to any of the nearly 300 individual JumpTV television channels or packages of country/region-specific channels on a monthly subscription basis. Subscription revenues will be shared by JumpTV and Tiscali UK.

"At Tiscali, we understand how important video content is to our users, as the entertainment section is one of the most popular in our extensive portal. By partnering with JumpTV and gaining access to one of the largest libraries of global television, we have expanded our Internet television offering. This is an exciting venture and we are looking forward to working with JumpTV," said Alex Hole, head of online at Tiscali UK.

Mike JB John Baptiste, head of global distribution for JumpTV, added, "Two-thirds of the UK's population increase between 2001 and 2004 was due to immigration. As the population continues to change, we strive to provide our partners with the best content for their audience."

Some of the channels available through the partnership include: Al Jazeera (Pan Arab), CVM (Jamaica), Euro D (Turkey), Hum TV (Pakistan), LBC (Lebanon), NTV (Bangladesh), TV Chile (Chile), 2M (Morocco) and WBS (Uganda).

"This partnership with Tiscali UK fits with JumpTV's strategy of partnering with the top ISPs around the world as a primary means to expand our customer reach," commented Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, president and chief operation officer of JumpTV. "We are proud to be associated with an innovative company focused on rich media and the Web 2.0 environment."

Isaza Tuzman continued, "Satellite and traditional cable TV providers have proven for years that there is a strong appetite for international television in the UK, as the country is a hub for Asians, Middle Easterners, Africans and continental Europeans. Couple these demographics with the UK's very high broadband penetration rate and you have JumpTV's second largest target market after North America."

About JumpTV

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

JumpTV (TSX: JTV) (AIM: JTV) is a leading distributor of live international television and sports over the Internet. With over 300 TV channels from 75+ countries, JumpTV delivers full-screen sports, news 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.

About Tiscali

Tiscali UK forms part of Tiscali SpA., headquartered in Cagliari, Italy. The UK company was launched in July 2001 following the acquisitions of Liberty Surf, World Online and LineOne. Tiscali UK also acquired Tiny and Gateway ISPs and more recently the Video Networks Limited in 2006 to enable it to provide Triple Play broadband, telephone and home entertainment IPTV and Video on Demand services.

Providing broadband, dialup, telephone and TV services to over 1.8 million customers of which almost 1.5 million are broadband customers, Tiscali UK is positioned within the UK market as the 3rd largest DSL broadband provider.

One of the most comprehensive sites on the web, Tiscali's portal www.tiscali.co.uk provides 23 channels and over 55,000 pages of constantly updated information, resources and entertainment content. The site receives over 6.8 million unique visitors per month, a total of 265 million page views. The site gives access to online services from shopping to sport and money to entertainment and also provides services such as legal music downloading from a catalogue of over 1 million tracks, a free Video Email service and a Members Area with exclusive content and offers.

Tiscali S.p.A. (Borsa Italiana, Milan: TIS) is one of the main independent European telecommunication companies. With one of the largest and most interconnected IP networks in the world, Tiscali is able to supply its customers, residential and business, with a full range of services: Internet access, both dial-up and ADSL, voice, VoIP, media, value added services (VAS), and other technologically advanced products.

As of 30 June 2007, Tiscali had 3.3 million active customers in Italy and the UK, of which 2 million were ADSL customers and 790,000 LLU.*

* Preliminary H1 2007 figures.

Tiscali's corporate website can be found at www.tiscali.com.

Visit the Tiscali Press Centre at www.tiscali.co.uk/press

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 JumpTV or its managements. These statements reflect JumpTV'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 JumpTV's prospectus (admission document) dated August 1, 2006 and the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" contained in JumpTV's final short form prospectus dated February 19, 2007. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and JumpTV assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Contact Information

  • JUMPTV PR / IR Contacts:

    North America:
    Lewis Goldberg
    KCSA Worldwide
    +1-212-896-1216
    Email Contact

    UK:
    Chris Bowman/Andrew Chubb
    Canaccord Adams Limited
    +44 207 050 6500