Al-Jazeera in Talks With The Number One U.S Cable Company, Comcast, Over U.S. Distribution

Comcast Plus?This is what the White House is watching now, along with CNN. Don’t the American people deserve the same opportunity? Sam Gustin writes in WIRED’s Epicenter:

Al-Jazeera is in discussions with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, about bringing the network’s English-language channel to millions of U.S. homes, the Qatar-based news service said Tuesday.

Al-Jazeera hopes to capitalize on its growing reputation as a serious provider of top-quality journalism from an increasingly tumultuous Middle East.

“We’re very grateful for all the support and appreciation we’ve been receiving,” Al-Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said in a statement. “Clearly the demand is there for Al-Jazeera, and people want to see us on their screens.”

Anstey arrived in New York City on Tuesday to lead the talks, the network said. The Comcast meeting was the first move in a new push by Al-Jazeera to get on U.S. cable systems, which have been reluctant to carry the Qatar-based news network. A Comcast spokesperson declined to comment on the talks.

It’s quite a turn of events for Al-Jazeera, which until its widely praised coverage of the unrest in Egypt was something of a pariah in the United States. During the Iraq War, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld branded the network’s reporting of civilian casualties as “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable.”

Now, the White House is watching Al-Jazeera alongside CNN.

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  • http://twitter.com/ronrowan1 Ron Rowan

    We’ve had Al Jazeera here in Orange County (CA) on Time-Warner cable for some time now.

  • http://twitter.com/rrowan1 Ron Rowan

    We’ve had Al Jazeera here in Orange County (CA) on Time-Warner cable for some time now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5SV3Y6GG7GRK3NBX64IXAXDGM Jessica Hurst

    I hope DirecTV gets this soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5SV3Y6GG7GRK3NBX64IXAXDGM Jessica Hurst

    I hope DirecTV gets this soon.

    • Ironaddict06

      According to the link-DirectTV does have the channel. Look for LINK-TV.

  • Rex Vestri

    Cable and satellite providers should make Al-Jazeera just as widely available as the FOX Lies Channel is.

  • Rex Vestri

    Cable and satellite providers should make Al-Jazeera just as widely available as the FOX Lies Channel is.

  • Ironaddict06

    According to the link-DirectTV does have the channel. Look for LINK-TV.

  • quartz99

    Who needs their local cable company to carry it when you can stream it live on your computer? Since the protests in Egypt started, I’ve often run it in the background while I was working.

    Then again, I don’t have cable or satellite.

    I’m glad to see larger providers giving them a shot though. This country could use a news station that doesn’t default to the position that all Muslim and all Arabs are automatically irrational, heartless terrorists. Sadly, the people who need to see that are not people who would ever watch it.

  • Anonymous

    Who needs their local cable company to carry it when you can stream it live on your computer? Since the protests in Egypt started, I’ve often run it in the background while I was working.

    Then again, I don’t have cable or satellite.

    I’m glad to see larger providers giving them a shot though. This country could use a news station that doesn’t default to the position that all Muslim and all Arabs are automatically irrational, heartless terrorists. Sadly, the people who need to see that are not people who would ever watch it.

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