Lebanon Cable providers stop broadcasting Al-Jazeera

United Cable Lebanon (UCL) , one of the biggest digital cable operators, shut down all Al-Jazeera channels to protest Al-Jazeera’s demands for the additional fee.

Al-Jazeera TV channels in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Kesrouan and the north were replaced by a note broadcasted by a group of cable providers.

“We apologize to our viewers for ending the broadcast of Al-Jazeera channels … the decision was made as a result of warnings issued by Al-Jazeera to cable providers in Lebanon to impose additional chargers on viewers,” said the note.

“Al-Jazeera has called for a charge of $1.50 from every cable subscriber in the country [who receives their channels] in addition to the monthly charge for their cable … Customers cannot pay such an amount of money to watch Al-Jazeera,” said one cable provider in Ashrafieh.

Suleiman Farah, a board member of UCL, said the company is willing to pay fees to Al-Jazeera, but he argued that the fees should be consistent with the financial capacity of the Lebanese.

According to Farah, broadcast rights are being exploited by businessmen who have been making deals with the foreign satellite companies to exploit the Lebanese market.

Farah said the Lebanese government should have a role in the pricing of foreign licenses in the country. “I don’t think it is reasonable that Iraq pays $1 million, while Lebanon pays $5 million for the OSN,” he added.

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  • 5thDrawer

    Yah … but Iraq only has 50 TVs … 😉  Actually it has something to do with politics as much as cost, I’m sure.
    Reality is, that if people want it, they will pay. If all the TV businesses were independent and relied on subscribers only it could be much better. Might even get all news of the world as well as some good entertainment.

  • Anonymous

    Yah … but Iraq only has 50 TVs … 😉  Actually it has something to do with politics as much as cost, I’m sure.
    Reality is, that if people want it, they will pay. If all the TV businesses were independent and relied on subscribers only it could be much better. Might even get all news of the world as well as some good entertainment.

  • Patience2

    Good for them!  Why pay extra for the lousy content, anyway?

    • dabshaleem

      yu speaked goood mr

  • Anonymous

    Good for them!  Why pay extra for the lousy content, anyway?

    • Anonymous

      yu speaked goood mr

    • Anonymous

      yu speaked goood mr

  • lebanesesam

    I think they should not pay for it. Because the moment the people bend over and pay this time, Al-Jazeera will start doing it every time.

    • dabshaleem

      noone pay salafite tv

  • Anonymous

    I think they should not pay for it. Because the moment the people bend over and pay this time, Al-Jazeera will start doing it every time.

    • Anonymous

      noone pay salafite tv

  • Anonymous

    I have a satellite dish and get all the channels for free so I dont understand. The only channels I pay for are the sports channels and its fairly cheap at about $150 a year for 10 channels for my house and $500 a year for my pub. The news channels are free.

    • Anonymous

      yu watche salafite tv almannar is bast tv

      • Anonymous

        I hope you die a slow painful death!

        • Anonymous

          72 vergins waite for me no vergin waite for salafite

          • Anonymous

            then just do us all a favor and blow your brains out and go get your virgins.

          • Anonymous

            then just do us all a favor and blow your brains out and go get your virgins.

        • Anonymous

          yu lik vergans mr

          • Anonymous

            this is a joke. your a joke.

        • Anonymous

          yu lik vergans mr

    • Anonymous

      yur pub no watshed tv moosadist

      • Anonymous

        my pub has porno with yo mama sucking mossad cock

        • Anonymous

          wher yu pub i lik girl

          • Anonymous

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          • Anonymous

            kill yourself and get your 72 sluts you’ve been promised if you like girls so much

        • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        my pub has porno with yo mama sucking mossad cock

  • Hannibal

    OK then we will tune in to al-manaar 😛 hehe

    • 5thDrawer

      Always a bummer, Hannibal … geezzz … 😉

    • 5thDrawer

      Always a bummer, Hannibal … geezzz … 😉

    • dabshaleem

      yu shal be lucki watche elmanar bast tv mr

      • Hannibal

        If the audience of al-Manaar are people like you I’d rather stick to CNN…

  • OK then we will tune in to al-manaar 😛 hehe

    • Anonymous

      Always a bummer, Hannibal … geezzz … 😉

    • Anonymous

      yu shal be lucki watche elmanar bast tv mr

      • If the audience of al-Manaar are people like you I’d rather stick to CNN…

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    • dabshaleem

      yu wont som mr syri wil hav manye in 1 months

  • dab, if i am not on your bad list today  do you need all 72?  can you ask leo if you can share some with geo?

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

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