DOHA: Al Jazeera Arabic is now available to households on Channel 84 that have a Freeview HD set top box or Freeview HD TV. By June 2014 approximately 3.2 million Freeview HD households across the UK will now have access to Al Jazeera Arabic bringing its total reach in the UK to more than 6 million households, the channel said yesterday.
The channel is broadcasting in standard definition but will be carried on the new digital terrestrial multiplexes awarded to Arqiva in 2013.
Al Jazeera Arabic is the only non-English language channel available on Freeview and joins Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera English HD which were launched on Freeview in November 2013. Dr Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network said:
“We believe that there is a growing demand by audiences that understand Arabic in the UK for in-depth analysis and reporting, which we have bringing to our viewers for the past 17 years. The inclusion of Al Jazeera Arabic on Freeview has doubled its access to viewers in the UK market, which is a necessary step forward for our global presence.”
Guy North, Marketing Communications Director at Freeview commented: “The addition of Al Jazeera Arabic extends the global news perspective available on Freeview and brings viewers even more subscription-free news content.”