TalkTalk are adding a range of international channels to it’s Youview UK pay TV service that include exotic Japanese, Arabic and Afrikaans World TV channels.
The channel packages which cost from £10 monthly on a pay-as-you-go basis and are provided by THEMA, an aggregation company that package foreign TV channels, includes the Japanese themed JSTV Boost, which has the JSTV and JSTV2 channels, the Arabic TV Boost, showing Arabic network channels that include OSN, ART and Al Jazeera. Then finally we have the kykNET Boost, which shows kykNET and kykNET Musiek channels.
Speaking for TalkTalk, Tristia Harrison said, “We are delighted to offer more entertainment from a further three regions as part of the diverse range of content available on YouView from TalkTalk, and to bring these popular channels to Japanese, Afrikaans and Arabic speaking viewers across the UK.”
François Thiellet, CEO of Thema, added: “We are very glad to make our channels available in a country where international communities thrive. There is no better partner than TalkTalk to reach our audience”.
The development follows on from the addition of the Asian Boost selection of channels added to TalkTalk back in June.
Facts supplied by TalkTalk include:-
- London has become the centre for communications with the Arab world, with the news channel Al Jazeera based there.
- 240,000 British Arabs were reported in the 2011 UK Census, around 110,000 live in London.
- The Borough of Westminster has the highest density of Arabic speakers in London.
- Famous Arabic people in the UK: Mohamed Al Fayed business man who owns the Hotel Ritz in Paris and formerly the Harrods Department Store, Mika – British singer-songwriter
- The 2001 census recorded 37,293 Japanese people living in Britain.
- There are 17,268 Japanese people living in London, with Acton being the area with the highest Japanese population.
- Japanese celebrities in the UK include: Jun Tanaka British Japanese UK TV chef, best known for presenting Channel 4’s Cooking IT as well as appearing on Saturday Kitchen on BBC One, Diana Yukawa – solo violinist and songwriter, Togo Igawa – famous actor who works primarily in British film and television, featured in films such as the Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha.
- An estimated 10 million people worldwide speak Afrikaans as a first language. Of those living in the UK, the largest population is in London.
- 216,000 South Africans living in the UK according to the 2009 Office of National Statistics (ONS).
- Famous people of South African ancestry: Sienna Miller actress, Christian Bale actor, Jackie Collins actress