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September 09, 2006

From the MENA region to the world!

In a couple of weeks from today; the Islamic and Arab world will be celebrating the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims fast during the day as one of the main duties a Muslim must do as part of religion.

In the last 20 – 30 years, Ramadan has become the most important month in the year when it comes to show business. The rate of viewing jumps to a very significant level in comparison to the rest of the year.

Realizing this fact, all major production companies save their best series and shows to be distributed and shown during this month. Channels all over the regions celebrating this month would spend the whole year planning and preparing for this month, so we see them buying the rights to show some of the new productions and at the same time producing some entertainment shows on their own like contests and talk shows.

Most of the art productions shown during Ramadan come in 30 episodes or a little more to continue during Eid which is the holy religious celebration that comes right after Ramadan. It is common now that the most popular actors and actresses would prepare for one or two major performances to be shown in Ramadan.

Needless to say; Satellite Channels compete to get the rights to show some of these shows; some channels go to the extent of owning the production and distribution rights for some of these shows, and the viewer ends up with a large number of choices and varieties to keep him/her busy and entertained all through the month.

The good news is that the channels provided on Jump TV are from the top channels that pay special attention to Ramadan and they are already announcing their heavy and loaded schedule for this month, therefore; our dear viewers abroad can now live the atmosphere of Ramadan as if they were home. By subscribing to these channels through Jump TV, they will be able to practice the good old habits they used to back home. They can participate in the exciting contests featured during this month and they can even communicate with their folks while they are viewing the same shows at the same time.

So, hurry up and get your subscriptions; the clock is ticking and Ramadan is approaching us fast, so be prepared to have tons of fun this month with Jump TV and its channel partners!


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I just don't get the 30 episodes-in-30 days analogy. It's not a mental state I subscribe to. That seems like excessive time spent behind the tube, and this is supposed to be a month of fasting meant to enhance spiritual growth and promote mind-numbing higher states of existence! If it was me, I wouldn't take TV all that seriously and would spend most of my time doing less mundane activities, like being activities (like being behind the tube for an extended part of my day). I don't know... But that's just me.

But then again, with such a depressing black and white portrait of a depressed persona, it should come as no surprise that this blogger, Ms. Khalidah El Mufleh, is unabashedly promoting JumpTV on this blog in such a nonsensical manner! I'm afraid that it's not the approach I would choose. I have JumpTV and am happy watching Aljazeera exclusively. All this mumbo-jumbo other stuff is not my cup of tea! Wish you had the BBC World though!
All the best to you and Ramadan. That's what I surmise.

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