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Media Gateway in Deal with Orbit to Distribute Channels and Content Internationally

Dubai, UAE(9/10/2006) -

Media Gateway, the leading international content clearing house for premium content, boosted its TV content lineup today, announcing an agreement with Orbit Network?s specialized content company ? MediaGates ? to distribute the network?s channels and multimedia content on a worldwide basis outside of the Middle East.

The deal will enable Media Gateway to provide both the linear streamed Arabic-language channels of Al Safwa, Al Youm, and Fann, as well as on-demand TV content services such as ring tones, videos, games, astrology, and news clips to mobile operators, telecommunications companies, and Internet service providers (?ISPs?) internationally throughout non-MENA territories.

?Orbit is one of the top pay-TV platforms in the Middle East. The network offers viewers in the region channels and programming in both Arabic and English that reflect the interests, tastes, political and religious sensitivities of the region?s distinctive cultures. Our tie-up with Orbit allows us to augment our premium Arabic-language content, which is one of the focus genres of our portfolio,? Media Gateway Chief Executive Officer Karri Zaremba said.

Robert Khalil, General Manager of MediaGates, said, ?Since its inception, Orbit has been bringing viewers in the Middle East the best programming from East and West that the world?s broadcasters have to offer. The Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network was the world?s first fully digital, multi-channel, multi-lingual, pay television service, with digital technology able to support 39 television and 21 radio channels. Our decision to partner with Media Gateway will ensure that we continue to stay at the forefront of the latest media industry developments, as Media Gateway is one of the key innovators in the delivery of broadcast media over digital platforms around the globe.?

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