Al Jazeera as a Technological Enterprise

  • Haydar Badawi SadigEmail author
  • Catalina Petcu
Part of the Contemporary Gulf Studies book series (CGS)


New technologies enabled the media trusts to implement various techniques to advance the interaction with the audiences. Al Jazeera (AJ) is using Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), a system through which services are delivered using the Internet instead of being delivered through traditional signal formats. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the media directly from the source. As a result, a client media player can begin playing the data (such as a movie) before the entire file has been transmitted. Al Jazeera Media Network, a fast-growing media organization, improved its operational methods by developing its own cloud system which takes the news production infrastructure to a new level. This shows the commitment of Al Jazeera to always being at the top of the game when it comes to investing in new technologies. Al Jazeera Plus (AJ+), an online news and current events channel run by AJ and available on its mobile app, was launched in 2014. The Arabic Language Channel followed. In April 2016 it won two Webby Awards beating all competitors, including the Huffington Post and Vice. AJ+ is present on Instagram, Twitter and Apple TV, targeting younger audiences adept with social media. Technological developments initiated new types of journalistic practices such as networked journalism, neogeography and mobile journalism. Al Jazeera Media Network integrates the newly constructed practices and continuously strives to innovate in terms of television and online presence.


Communication technologies IPTV Media cloud Neogeography Mobile journalism Network AJ+ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qatar UniversityDohaQatar

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