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Al Jazeera to launch Samsung Smart TV app

App will stream Al Jazeera news channels direct to Samsung Smart TVs

Samsung has a growing line up of Smart TV apps for the region.
Samsung has a growing line up of Smart TV apps for the region.

The Al Jazeera news network is set to launch its first smart TV streaming application, through an agreement with Samsung Electronics.

The custom built application will deliver a live stream of Al Jazeera's Arabic and English TV news channels to Samsung's Smart TVs.

In the region, Samsung currently has 250 Smart TV applications, including: Dubai Media Incorporate, streaming all of its broadcast channels; YuppTV, streaming over 60 Indian channels; Arabian Radio Network, with live radio feed and program schedule; and DEWA, the first business solutions application developed in the UAE.

Young Soo Kim, president at Samsung Gulf Electronics, said: "Samsung's development of regional applications and content has allowed us to stand out as market leaders in this category. Introducing Al Jazeera on Samsung Smart TV's is a cornerstone in application development as it is the first live streaming news application within the region. Our agreement will allow Smart TV users around the world to access Al Jazeera News anytime and anywhere."

Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera English and Director of Media Development for the Network added:  "Presence on connected TV, which is reshaping the conventional way we watch TV, is part of Al Jazeera's Multi Screen Distribution Strategy. We are pleased to announce a partnership between a global brand like ours and one of the most innovative and largest televisions manufacturers in the world."

Samsung recently announced that its Smart TV range is dominating the Gulf region with 45% market share in the Smart TV category and 50% market share globally. In the last quarter of 2011, Samsung recorded a 21% increase year-on-year within the Gulf market.